Blackboard Inc. has partnered with Iowa State University to develop software that will allow colleges and universities to connect their Blackboard Learning Environment with the open-source Moodle course management system, the company announced Oct. 28.

In July, Blackboard announced a similar partnership with Syracuse University to develop an integration for the open-source Sakai course management system. Both efforts--which will be made available at no cost to Blackboard users--are part of Project NG, Blackboard's multi-year project to deliver a next-generation teaching and learning solution that can be more easily customized.

With support from Blackboard, Iowa State will develop a Learning Environment Connector for


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