RealNetworks and Accordent Technologies have partnered in an effort to provide educators and instructional designers with a set of tools for creating a variety of streaming media experiences for students and publishing these directly into the BlackBoard Learning System. The new tools, collectively known as Accordent's BlackBoard Integration Suite, are designed to enable non-technical content authors to save time and reduce complexity by automating the otherwise manual process of making streaming media presentations available to students within the BlackBoard Learning System.
The suite consists of three software applications and a server-side plug-in that enable users to upload RealAudio and RealVideo files, or depending on the tool, combine RealAudio and RealVideo with supplemental content including PowerPoint slides, graphics, surveys, polls, and email capabilities within a branded interface. The following tools are available: Accordent's Real Publisher Express, Accordent's Real Publisher, Accordent's PresenterPLUS for Blackboard, and Blackboard Building Block Plug-in. In all cases, users log into their BlackBoard Integration Suite tool of choice and are able to access the appropriate course directly within the BlackBoard Learning System. There is no need to access an FTP client or the BlackBoard system separately.