K12, Blackboard to sell remedial courseware

K12, an online educator, and Blackboard, a course-management company, will partner to produce online remedial courses for community college students, reports Campus Technology.

Under the agreement, the project will deliver K12′s adaptive courses through Blackboard Learn. K12′s curriculum, which currently caters to K-12 students, uses interactive demonstrations and animations, CDs and videos, printed books with lots of illustrations, hands-on materials for experiments, online discussions, and assessments to test mastery of a subject.

Community colleges spend $2 billion a year on remediation with very modest success.

“This partnership is about using technology to create a more engaging and effective experience for remediation courses that can be used at any institution that is facing a challenge in this area,” said Ray Henderson, president of Blackboard Learn.

The project is expected to launch in 2011.