Blackboard Learn Software


 

Blackboard Learn is an interactive learning management system (LMS) suitable for higher-education universities, K-12 schools, government and military programs, as well as large businesses in a variety of industries worldwide.

The suite features content authoring and virtual classroom capabilities, along with certification management, extended enterprise, and social learning functionality. Available either in managed hosting, self-hosting or software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployments, Blackboard Learn also works on mobile devices so learners can access courses on the go.

The system features an in-system calendar so that users know due dates, along with an activity stream so important messages, projects, and courses that need attention surface to the top. Gamification features, including digital badges for learning achievements, are available along with e-commerce functionality so created courses can be resold outside the organization.

Pricing is based on the number of FTEs (full-time equivalent learners) that will be using the system on an annual basis and is customized towards the organization’s needs.

 

Blackboard Learn - My learning network
 
  • Blackboard Learn - My learning network
    My learning network
  • Blackboard Learn - Calendar
    Calendar
  • Blackboard Learn - Courses
    Courses
  • Blackboard Learn - Instructor messaging
    Instructor messaging
  • Blackboard Learn - Instructor resources
    Instructor resources
  • Blackboard Learn - Tools
    Tools
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8

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Edward from Great Bay Community College
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Blackboard - Helpful for course management

Ease-of-use

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Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

There is a great deal of functionality. Just about every action the instructor needs is accommodated.

Cons

Difficult to master. This is because there is so much functionality. It takes some investment in time.

 
 

Alyssa from St. Edwards
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2017

March 2017

It's great!

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

It's a great product! Finding all my grades were easily accessible.

Pros

Checking my grades were easy. I could easily communicate with my teachers. All my assignments were easy to find.

Cons

I felt like blackboard had a lot of updates that would take forever. The site would be shut down for a while.

 
 

Elin from St. Edward's University
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

March 2017

March 2017

I like it!

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Customer Support

Value for Money

I really liked it!

Pros

Blackboard is easy to use and I got really used to using it. It is easy to navigate around and check grades.

Cons

It doesn't have as many features as it could and it could have a more creative interface. Other than that I really liked it!

 
 

Lauren from St. Edward's University
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

March 2017

March 2017

Not too bad

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N/A

I've used both Blackboard and Canvas in an educational environment. While Canvas has obvious strengths with many features available, Blackboard's ease of use has made Blackboard an everlasting tool at our school.

Pros

The interface is straightforward and easy to use. I could easily contact my professors and vice-versa. This was especially helpful for older professors who do not like the flashy parts of Canvas.

Cons

While the interface is easy to use, it's a bit outdated. There are not as many features as competitors such as group skyping, etc.

 
 

Chris from St ed
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

March 2017

March 2017

REVIEW ON BLACKBOARD

Ease-of-use

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N/A

I believe that blackboard is a good system, but it could use some improvement.

Pros

Fairly Navigable and user friendly

Cons

The student view was good but the professor side was hard toe

 
 

Kyle from IBM
Specialty: Engineering
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

March 2017

March 2017

Decent

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Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Used it for 5 years of engineering school. For the most part it was sufficient, but there were always the occasional outages and odd issues. Sometimes things were difficult to find, or teachers refused to fully adopt the service.

Pros

Centralized location for academic needs.

Cons

No uniformity forced bewtween professors.

 
 

Michael from Thriveworks
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Outperforms the Competition

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Value for Money

Blackboard beats the competition - hands down. I've used this software for over 10 years. They constantly improve the software. It's very fluid. Grading is a breeze. As an instructor, I can locate assignments and post grades quick and easy. I can identify students who are struggling and are at risk of not completing the course. Blackboard keeps me in touch with my students. Likewise, it keeps my students in touch with me - and each other. There are so many options for creating assignments, allowing students to view content, or interact with each other. I love using Blackboard Learn.

 
 

Abha from Northwestern University
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2016

October 2016

There are better softwares out there

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I used this product for a couple of classes for a year. Our university was in the process of phasing out BB. The interface is decently easy to use but you can miss some updates if you don't check it very often.

Pros

Viewing files and uploading homeworks is pretty easy.

Cons

The announcements from the TAs and the teachers don't get synced instantly. I have missed some change in deadlines because of this

 
 

Laura from Bridgeport Public Schools
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Not user friendly enough to be efficient.

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Value for Money

We have the Lite version of Blackboard LMS and even with on site training for our teachers the product is not user friendly enough for our teachers to use it. The usage percent of the LMS portion of Blackboard in our K-12 school district is 0% and we would no longer have this portion of it if it had not been housed under our web hosting services for a priced bundle. The Lite version of the LMS is hosted under the website so the functionality of using it is quite convoluted and confusing for both our Teachers and Students. The Full version of Blackboard Learn is supposed to be much more user friendly but unfortunately for a K-12 school district with approximately 500 students is not cost efficient. However, since we have started looking at additional LMS's within the last two years, Blackboard is the only LMS that provides the full extent of what WE are requiring as an LMS for our school. We require that any LMS that we purchase will have the ability to integrate seamlessly with our SIS (Infinite Campus) and offer a CMS for our teachers to be able to house not only their content but have access to thousands of other teachers content (that the other teachers are willing to share). Our administration requires that we can use the LMS as a way to connect with the community and parents of our students via a system messenger/phone/text product (Blackboard Connect) and an app (ParentLink) that anyone in the community can download for constant up to date school information (which Blackboard offers). It also needs to be compatible with GAFE & cost attainable for our school. We have spoken with many LMS vendors and have yet to find any product that is capable of offering exactly what we need for our school, that our school could actually afford. Blackboard is the only LMS that we have found that offers all of the products and has all of the integration that we as a school district need.

Pros

All of the products and integration that our school needs with an LMS.

Cons

The lite version is not user friendly and thus is not useable.

Advice to Others

I have never used the Full version of Blackboard Learn but the Lite version is not an easy system for Teachers/Students to use.

 
 

Nadya from LabelInsight / FoodEssentials
Specialty: Software / Technology

March 2016

March 2016

Needs a lot of UI improvement

Ease-of-use

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Product Quality

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N/A
Likes Best

Automated e-mails to students in your class. This is nice so that if you make an announcement on Blackboard it will get auto-emailed to all the students. I could see this being useful though I didn't really use it myself. It's once of those features that should be front and center in Blackboard but is buried like most other things in this software.

Likes Least

Rather than trying to figure out what a teacher would reasonably use Blackboard for, and what they need to communicate to their students via the internet, Blackboard just decided to make every feature possible that a teacher might ever conceivably use. As a result the interface is cluttered beyond repair, it is confusing, possibly useful features are hidden and many useless features that nobody uses are all over the place. Blackboard tries to accomplish everything and as a result accomplishes nothing.

Recommendations

Many people get stuck using Blackboard because no other major competitor has risen to challenge it. I know lots of professors who never used it because they found it too confusing, and most used it as minimally as possible, just as a quick reference to the syllabus and Powerpoints. That seems to be basically what it has been reduced to, which I guess is fine but if you are just sharing files use something else. Dropbox, anything is better than this.

 
 

Don from Johnson & Associates
Specialty: Education

April 2015

April 2015

Blackboard

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Blackboard

Likes Best

ease of use - able to complete entire course and retain back semesters

Likes Least

sometimes gets difficult to move between modules for grading and testing

Recommendations

try loading a beta course use fictional data before going live

 
 

Kathryn from University of Colorado
Specialty: Education

April 2015

April 2015

Review of Blackboard Learn

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Review of Blackboard Learn

Likes Best

It was easy to use and made accessible by web ports that the University offered.

Likes Least

The product was never the problem--the content was written in a way that made the courses sometimes difficult to follow or absorb quickly.

Recommendations

Content review for absorbability is key to getting people to finish the training in a timely manner.

 
 

Alexandra from MSSU
Specialty: Education

April 2015

April 2015

Blackboard

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A

Blackboard

Likes Best

This product gives teachers the ability to interact with students outside of class and provide additional materials which are readily available throughout the semester.

Likes Least

The menus are not the most user friendly, and sometimes it takes too many clicks to find the page which I am trying to get to.

Recommendations

I think that it is beneficial to weigh the pros and cons of the software and decide whether or not its benefits outweigh its weaknesses.

 
 

HUA from ODU
Specialty: Education

April 2015

April 2015

comment on blackboard

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

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Likes Best

A lot of useful functions. Interaction between instructor and students.

Likes Least

platform not user friendly and attractive; not easy to navigate

Recommendations

test try from both sides to gain experience of using

 
 

Emily from Villanova University
Specialty: Education

April 2015

April 2015

Blackboard Review

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Functionality

Product Quality

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N/A

Blackboard Review

Likes Best

This product is very easy to use and has very diverse advantages.

Likes Least

There are occasionally glitches with the software.

Recommendations

Use the product as much as possible, using the various options.

 
 

michael from CUNY- Queens College
Specialty: Education

April 2015

April 2015

Decent product

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

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Decent product

Likes Best

It's fairly simple to use, which allows for ease of access for students and faculty.

Likes Least

Customization, while presented as something that is supposed to be a highlight, is really difficult and convoluted.

Recommendations

Make sure that you try all the layers to see if you can really accomplish the goals you set out initially to tackle.

 
 

Ian from University of Connecticut
Specialty: Education

April 2015

April 2015

A streamlined way to connect educators to students

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Product Quality

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N/A

A streamlined way to connect educators to students

Likes Best

Blackboard is used by most universities these days to facilitate more online learning. In general, Blackboard is very intuitive to use.

Likes Least

Blackboard can often be very buggy, making it sometimes more frustrating to use than typical teaching methods.

Recommendations

I would recommend Blackboard simply because of its functionality and wide usage in the higher education realm. Consider its market performance.

 
 

Laurie from Community College of Baltimore County
Specialty: Education

April 2015

April 2015

Blackboard

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support
N/A

Blackboard

Likes Best

Used to take classes, stores syllabus, test scores, messages from teacher, assignments, discussions, etc

Likes Least

Product is a little clunky to use, could be laid out a little more user friendly

Recommendations

Don't have any recommendations for others evaluating software like this

 
 

Trisha from Everglades University
Specialty: Education

April 2015

April 2015

BLACKBOARD at Everglades University

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BLACKBOARD at Everglades University

Likes Best

Many learning options for both teacher and student

Likes Least

Can get a little overwhelming with so much info at first. Once teacher/student use it frequently, it is a simple tool.

Recommendations

Can be specifically designed for your own schools use.

 
 

mary from Tamucc
Specialty: Public Sector

April 2015

April 2015

Comprehensive & changeable program to use

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Comprehensive & changeable program to use

Likes Best

It allows each user to chose what modules to use based on need.

Likes Least

It needs lots of maintenance, it seems almost bi-weekly.

Recommendations

I don't have any recommendations at all, I am using this software for a class.

 
 
 
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