Dropbox partners with Blackboard to push even more to the schooling sector

Dropbox on Tuesday announced its newest significant collaboration, this time in the education room. The cloud-based file sharing corporation is partnering with Blackboard, the supplier of your primary learning management procedure (LMS) for both K-12 colleges and universities, to natively integrate Dropbox into the LMS products Blackboard Master.

Dropbox is centered on offering a content collaboration platform which will get the job done on any variety of applications. As part of that energy, the business is heavily invested in creating vital partnerships.

"We're producing some really massive bets on which a single of individuals applications are crucial, and Blackboard is really a critical 1 for us inside the training area," Billy Blau, Dropbox's head of technological innovation partnerships, told ZDNet.

When Dropbox launched Dropbox Schooling earlier in Could -- its file sharing services built exclusively for schools and universities -- it offered a light-weight integration with Blackboard's mobile app.

Now, Dropbox will probably be embedded directly into Blackboard Learn, enabling college students to collaborate on projects together and submit them to Blackboard by means of Dropbox, and making it possible for professors to talk with college students. Although quite a few Dropbox users are currently collaborating with Blackboard, Dropbox is confident that the LMS provider -- with a hundred million consumers -- will advance Dropbox's push in to the training sector. When Dropbox Training launched, it had over 4,000 univerities on board, and it now has about 6,000 universities and institutions making use of it globally.

The brand new integration, nevertheless, is obtainable for all Dropbox items, not just Dropbox Schooling. Dropbox is definitely the only enterprise file-syncing and sharing corporation with this partnership with Blackboard.

Blau mentioned Dropbox will proceed to build these types of partnerships. "You've noticed it with Office 365 and Adobe -- deep products integrations are helping drive sizeable business for us," he said. "Users do not wish to toggle back and forth concerning applications, they desire to see it function all in one particular spot."
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