Ricoh Previews New Print from and Scan to Blackboard Educational Systems

blackboardRicoh Americas today announced a new partnership that it says will streamline the movement of educational materials, tests, assignments, and other content into and out of Blackboard’s teaching and learning online systems.

Ricoh says the new partnership, which it announced today at EDUCAUSE 2014, is the first between a major document imaging vendor and Blackboard, and features integration between Blackboard’s learning systems and Ricoh MFPs for printing and scanning.

The first fruits of the partnership were on display today at EDUCAUSE as Ricoh demonstrated a new ability to scan paper documents using a Ricoh MFP and have them automatically routed to a to a student or faculty member’s Blackboard Learn account via Ricoh’s Integrated Cloud Environment (ICE). The demonstration also included printing of content from Blackboard systems as well – according to Ricoh, printing on campuses is far more complicated than people realize or than it needs to be.

“Our work with Ricoh will seamlessly extend the Blackboard learning environment to the world of hard-copy capture and distribution while preserving the signature fluidity of our technology,” says Kathleen Vieira, vice president of business development at Blackboard. “The goal is a streamlined experience and, as always, a sharp focus on learning results.”

“Our research at higher education institutions around the world has uncovered remarkable educational benefits from online learning technology,” says Renaud Rodrigue, vice president, Education Market, for Ricoh Americas. “But it has also uncovered a wish list for what students, faculty and administrators hope learning environments will offer over the next several decades. We’ve listened carefully to our customers, and we are hard at work giving them what they’re asking for.”

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