Blackboard has today announced that Batterjee Medical College (BMC), the largest specialised private medical college in Saudi Arabia, has selected Blackboard Learn Ultra as the new Learning Management System (LMS) for more than 2,000 students. BMC, which will be among the first institutions in the Middle East to embrace cloud computing, will leverage Learn Ultra to introduce blended learning, employ new interactive assessment methods and enable anywhere-anytime teaching and learning opportunities.
“In line with Saudi’s Vision 2030 educational objectives, BMC has embarked on a digital transformation process,” said BMC Dean, Dr. Osama A. Kensara. “That’s why we decided to replace a homegrown solution with a new cloud-based LMS and reap the benefits of this type of deployment, including zero downtime updates and quicker delivery of enhancements and new features.” After a thorough evaluation, BMC selected Blackboard Learn Ultra over competing solutions for its user-friendly interface, its powerful features, and its streamlined workflows.
“We wanted to take teaching and learning to the next level but found we could not implement innovative strategies without a powerful, flexible LMS to support our teachers and our learners,” said Dr. Maher N. Alandiyjany, Quality Assurance Consultant at BMC. “We have always led the adoption of best practices in education and our digital transformation will be no exception. We needed a state-of-the-art LMS to support this evolution, and Blackboard Learn Ultra is the perfect fit for us,” added Dr. Kensara.
Learn Ultra will also be instrumental to BMC’s plans of establishing satellite colleges in other parts of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. The college is also building a virtual hospital to equip students with critical clinical skills using treatment simulation and believes that a modern, robust and efficient cloud-based LMS will facilitate learning, further driving student success.
“BMC is at the forefront of change and we are pleased to be supporting them as they transform their learning environment,” said Robert Speed, Vice President for the Middle East and Africa region at Blackboard. “We look forward to bringing BMC all the benefits of cloud computing associated with the powerful features of the Ultra experience. We are proud that BMC has chosen us as their partner in achieving their institutional goals.”