Blackboard Inc. and Northwestern University have teamed up on a project to make the education version of Google Apps available to students using the Blackboard Learn platform with a single sign-on.

Developed by Northwestern's information technology development team, the software that integrates Blackboard and Google Apps Education Edition has been released as open source and is available for other institutions to use or build on free of charge.

One of the first campuses to deploy Google Apps two years ago, Northwestern says it has seen a sharp rise in the number of students who use the web-based productivity tools every day. The


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