Blackboard Learn Software


 

With over 19,000 clients in 100 countries, Blackboard Learn is a widely used 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 ecommerce 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

39 Reviews of Blackboard Learn

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

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I've been using Blackboard as an adjunct for over ten years. It has grown so much during that time. I'm extremely impressed by the enhancements made on the grade book. Blackboard connects me with my online students and provides an meaningful look at their academic progress. I love the early warning system, which gives me an opportunity to reach out to students who are, for one reason or another, falling behind. Grading is organized and systematic. The SafeAssign tool is essential.

 
 

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

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

 
 

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

Not user friendly enough to be efficient.

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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.

 
 

from LabelInsight / FoodEssentials
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 1 to 49 employees Employees number: 1 to 49 employees

Needs a lot of UI improvement

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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.

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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.

 
 

from Johnson & Associates
Specialty: Education

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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

 
 

from University of Colorado
Specialty: Education

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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.

 
 

from MSSU
Specialty: Education

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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.

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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.

 
 

from ODU
Specialty: Education

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Likes Best

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

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platform not user friendly and attractive; not easy to navigate

Recommendations

test try from both sides to gain experience of using

 
 

from Community College of Baltimore County
Specialty: Education

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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

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

 
 

from Villanova University
Specialty: Education

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

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There are occasionally glitches with the software.

Recommendations

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

 
 

from CUNY- Queens College
Specialty: Education

Decent product

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Decent product

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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.

 
 

from Everglades University
Specialty: Education

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Many learning options for both teacher and student

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

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Can be specifically designed for your own schools use.

 
 

from University of Connecticut
Specialty: Education

A streamlined way to connect educators to students

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A streamlined way to connect educators to students

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

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

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

 
 

from CSU - MBA Program
Specialty: Accounting / CPA

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Interactive with teachers and students, easy to navigate and intuative.

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Seems slow to respond at times, alerts are a little buggy.

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Are the tech requirements really what you are looking for?

 
 

from Seattle Pacific University
Specialty: Education

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I like Gradebook, inline grading, and online tests.

Likes Least

The rubrics for assignments do not scroll separate from the page.

Recommendations

Try a variety of free programs in addition to programs that you pay for to see which meets your organizations needs.

 
 

from Indiana University
Specialty: Pharmaceuticals

I think the blackboard learn is a nice learning system.

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I think the blackboard learn is a nice learning system.

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I like Blackboard Learn because of its friendly GUI and nice help menus, so that I can learn by myself.

Likes Least

The program is kind of slow to run in the computer, and sometimes lags very much.

Recommendations

Try to improve the program performance and streamline the menu options.

 
 

from primary health care
Specialty: Education

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It is easy to use, intuitive and very customizable.

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I have had no issues with this software. It has made my school a good experience overall.

Recommendations

Take multiple classes using this software because since it is so customizable, users may have differing experiences based on the classes they take.

 
 

from American International College
Specialty: Education

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I have been teaching an online course using Blackboard for three years. I find that it is easy to use in terms of developing my teaching modules and has the flexibility I need.

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There is nothing that I don't like about the product. I can do most anything that I need to do with it.

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I would suggest that they think about the different methods of presentation and communication that they would like to use.

 
 

from Texas Tech University
Specialty: Education

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Pretty easy to use and distribute information to appropriate parties.

Likes Least

Can be a little tricky to find tools or post things that are easily found.

Recommendations

To look and see how accessible and functional it is.

 
 

from Chambers County Sheriffs Office
Specialty: Other

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The Simplicity of its use as well as the amount of information which can be gleaned from it.

Likes Least

There is nothing to mention that would qualify as an answer.

Recommendations

Take the time to work through the program. That is the only way to fully appreciate how well it works.

 
 
 
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