May 9, 2022, Karlsruhe (Germany) – asknet Solutions AG (Ticker symbol: ASKN, ISIN: DE000A2E3707, WKN: A2E370) has won a tender from the German Research Network (DFN, “Deutsches Forschungsnetz”) for a framework contract for all German colleges, universities and research institutes regarding Blackboard Collaborate, a virtual classroom solution distributed by asknet. Being listed by DFN as one of the selected providers for cloud-based web and video conferencing services gives asknet a strategic access to a large number of clients. As prices and the underlying contract are already agreed upon with DFN, no further tenders or negotiations are required for the educational institutions to decide in favor of the asknet offering and to immediately start benefiting from the solution.
DFN is expanding the DFNconf portfolio for its members, especially universities and other institutions of higher education, with new framework agreements for highly scalable cloud-based web and video conferencing service. With these framework agreements, DFN offers a carefully selected range of attractive licensing models for different products that meet the diverse requirements for online teaching. Blackboard Collaborate is one of eight product solutions selected by DFN. All institutions organized in the DFN can refer to these framework agreements and order directly from the respective framework agreement partner, such as asknet Solutions AG. DFN members benefit from the good price conditions of the framework agreements as well as from comprehensive services, training offers and information events tailored to the needs of science and research audiences. For further information please refer tohttps://www.conf.dfn.de/rahmenvertraege/.
Blackboard Collaborate is a simple, convenient and reliable online collaborative learning solution, which delivers a level of engagement that makes learners and teachers feel like they are together in the same room via collaboration and conference tools. The features of Blackboard Collaborate of particular interest to DFN and of highest relevance in a cloud video service environment for the higher education are:
Support for large teaching events of up to 500 concurrent users per session
Role modeling with authorization levels and moderation functions for participants
Separate authorization by host as well as end-user option for activation/deactivation for audio and video respectively
Interactive whiteboard, which is linked to the assignment of permissions, and application/desktop sharing
Encrypted communication in accordance with the current standard of technology
Operation under IT security management system ISO/IEC 27001
The entire Blackboard Collaborate solution hosted in the EU, European Union
Easy one-click access, direct in browser via desktop and mobile device
Simple integration with LMS possible but not obligatory
As Blackboard Collaborate has been developed for the needs and requirements of educational institutions, it is designed to comply with strict data protection guidelines (GDPR as well as EU Data Protection Regulation).
DFN is going to inform its members about the concluded framework agreements via mailing in May and June. Furthermore, asknet Solutions AG is attending the conference meeting of the DFN user group for university administration in Wismar (“16. Tagung der DFN-Nutzergruppe Hochschulverwaltung”) under the topic “Campus transformieren – Surfen auf der Digitalisierungswelle” in order to present and market Blackboard Collaborate (https://www.hochschulverwaltung.de/tagungen/wismar2022/).