Blackboard learning management system now hosted on AWS GovCloud

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A learning system used by the Army, Blackboard Learn, is now available on Amazon Web Services GovCloud, Blackboard Inc. announced Monday.

AWS GovCloud met the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program’s high baseline — an approval to handle some of the government’s most sensitive data. Blackboard Learn is a virtual learning solution that “uses extensive collaboration and interactivity to fully engage learners with activities like group projects and discussions, wikis, blogs, and the ability to incorporate a wide range of multimedia content.”

According to the announcement: “Government agencies, the military and state and local governments can now continue to deliver their mission-critical online learning programs within a more secure cloud environment.”

Blackboard Learn has more than 10 years had a “crucial role” in providing soldiers education and training “anytime and anywhere,” said Helen Remily, director and TRADOC capability manager at The Army Distributed Learning Program, in a statement.

“Having the ability to deploy this invaluable capability on the FedRAMP-certified AWS GovCloud (US) gives us the added confidence that our most sensitive data is safe and secure at all times,” Remily said.

While there is an on-premise option, Blackboard has managed and hosted out of its data centers most of its federal and Defense clients, said Alex Kissal, vice president of Blackboard Government Solutions, via email. Now, clients can also choose to access Blackboard Learn on AWS’s infrastructure.

“Having our leading learning management system available on the AWS GovCloud (US) region will further support our customers in building engaging, secure learning environments for training and development,” Kissal said in a statement.

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