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

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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

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sometimes gets difficult to move between modules for grading and testing

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try loading a beta course use fictional data before going live

 

from University of Connecticut
Specialty: Education

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 University of Colorado
Specialty: Education

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

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

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

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

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platform not user friendly and attractive; not easy to navigate

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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

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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.

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

 

from CUNY- Queens College
Specialty: Education

Decent product

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

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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

BLACKBOARD at Everglades University

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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 Colorado
Specialty: Engineering

Quick review

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Gets the job done, works well with some other systems

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Not as easy to use as other softwares are, can be cumbersome at times

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See if it works well with the system you want to use

 

from State College of New York
Specialty: Education

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Various options available, flexibility of use, good tools for organization.

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Some tasks are a bit onerous to set up, but aren't an issue once they are set up. Sometimes students have issues with time outs and accessibility.

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Ask the perspectives of both educators and students because different people have different types of issues with the product.

 

from NCC
Specialty: Education

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Like the ability to do classes online. It is much more time efficient than in-person classes when facilitated by a competent professor.

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Cumbersome at times. It can be slow, although that might have nothing to do with BBL.

Recommendations

Use it, try it out to see if it meets your needs.

 

from University of Alabama at Birmingham
Specialty: Healthcare / Medical

Blackboard learning is a resource for students and teachers alike

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This is a good place for multiple documents to be posted

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It requires a log in, and I often forget my password

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Try it out and you will get used to it. It does have the capability for you to message other people in your group, to post documents, and to check your grades.

 

from Northeastern university
Specialty: Education

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Good interface for posting assignments and interacting with students.

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Not every teacher uses it in a standard way. Some teachers do not upload grades.

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Find a way to standardize it between classes so it is more useful for students.

 

from Tamucc
Specialty: Public Sector

Comprehensive & changeable program to use

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

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

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

 

from American University in Bulgaria
Specialty: Education

In theory, it is a useful product. In practice it is terrible; repeatedly crashes, is slow, and has a non-intuitive interface.

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When it works, it allows me to better serve the students and opens up online teaching options which I otherwise would not have.

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The program constantly crashes. I waste many hours each week having to re-do things because of system errors.

Recommendations

Make sure you have a strong customer support network and that you receive adequate training.

 

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.

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

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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.

 
 
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