Fronteer, a learning resource designed to help students at Cambridge University, has been bought by US education technology company Blackboard.

The deal also includes Ally – Fronteer’s flagship product.

It provides staff and educators with guidance and improved access to course materials, and the US firm hopes the acquisition will help it expand and drive advancement in engagement.

Ally checks course information and generates files in different formats to assist students who may require alternatives.

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Bill Ballhaus, chairman, chief executive and president of Blackboard, said: "Blackboard and Fronteer share a strong commitment to making education available to all students.

"We're pleased to continue investing in technology and people that understand our vision to provide product experiences that enable greater accessibility.

“We both recognise the close connection between accessibility and the quality and usability of course content, and the benefits accessibility can bring to all learners."

Blackboard is a leading education technology company for teaching and learning.