Universities in countries as far as Spain and Australia are already using Qless, but the app is mainly in use at large retailers and urgent care centers. Bäcker said he hopes partnering with Blackboard can help more colleges adopt the service.
“There has never been a better time for colleges and universities to adopt QLess, as our Mosaic app collaboration ensures a turnkey approach for implementing a virtual waiting system that is easy for students and staff alike,” he said.
The partnership is one of several initiatives that Blackboard has recently started in an effort to expand its services beyond a typical learning management system.
Last year, the company piloted a program at Quinnipiac and Tulane universities that transformed mobile devices into student ID cards, allowing smart phones to open doors, pay for campus meals, purchase items in vending machines, and use copiers and printers.
In April, that same arm of the company, Blackboard Transact, partnered with campus security platform LiveSafe to produce a mobile safety app.
“Our partner and developer programs drive tremendous value for clients by enabling access to pre-built extensions that help them fully utilize campus resources, access essential information, and boost student engagement,” said Jim Kelly, vice president of business development at Blackboard.