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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Krishna from FCA
Specialty: Engineering
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

July 2018

July 2018

Modern Educational tool

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This is one of the modern educational tool and it has a ultra course view and also offers a wide range of educational videos.

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To get a great experience the cloud based SaaS configuration is required and also the software is little expensive.

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Ana from EPIC Consultant
Specialty: Engineering
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

July 2018

July 2018

Great for online classes

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Some of my classes at the university were online. My university uses this software so I had the chance to use it too. It is easy to use and works fine in any browser. You even see your grades and have everything organized

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The software doesnt let you customize your dashboard. Maybe having this option, people could organize their contents as they like and find it more easier to look for info.

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Tim from Prodynamix
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Blackboard is getting better

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Quite a few people are using the LMS. Due to current uses Blackboard has changed much of their compatibly with other software.

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This product could be much better. One of the major problems is how email sent through this system can not be responded to in an other email client

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Jordan from Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Perfect for schools!

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Blackboard is an organized and easy to use point of reference for college students and other individuals. The software is designed in a way that offers fast and convenient access for users with a number of features.

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The only cons for this software occur when the users are not keeping it updated. Other than that, this product is highly recommended for colleges and universities as an organized and effective way for teachers and students to interact and use as a point of reference.

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gretchen from Siganture smiles
Specialty: Healthcare / Medical
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2018

June 2018

blackboard is great and efficient

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Love the app!!

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blackboard is easy to use, very convenient, reminds you when you have a assignment due, great for looking at grades and keeping on track.

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Sometimes it doesn't notify you ever time you have an assignment due. The older version was a little more organized then the latest version.

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Siddesh from Marimba Auto
Specialty: Engineering
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Good Learning tool

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Its a great way to educate the people or employees or students virtually as providing online courses with no face to face meetings.

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Some times its hard to understand the content from the materials provided and some help is required.

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Mary from SC Technical College System
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Organized and Accessible

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Blackboard Learn is accessible from anywhere which makes it convenient. The look of it is very clean as well.

Cons

It's lacking a modern touch that a lot of websites have these days. They may need to try a different template or color scheme.

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Hannah from Loving & Gentle Care
Specialty: Healthcare / Medical
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2018

June 2018

As a student, I am very satisfied with this software.

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Easy to navigate, you can easily see all of your courses and grades in each course. You can easily upload and view assignments and take online tests.

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Newer updates on this software have made certain actions difficult to find/ navigate, but I have no real negative feedback for this software.

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Mike from Stickley
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Go to solution for E Learning

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Blackboard is a simple e learning solution for companies. It is easy to customize and user friendly.

Cons

Managing blackboard can get a little difficult sometimes. Also support can be a little difficult to work with.

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Kyle from Automotive
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2018

June 2018

Love Blackboard - Used as a teacher and a student

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Blackboard is one of the pinnacle learning suites out there. I've had the privilege of being a student and a teacher with BB and have to say that I have never been let down by the amount of plugins that teachers can use and the ease of navigation for students. This tool really does check all of the boxes and makes remote learning a little bit easier.

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As a teacher, there are almost too many ways that you can configure the course room and it can get fairly overwhelming. As a student, I didn't really have any cons!

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Jeanette from Chautauqua Institution
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

June 2018

June 2018

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I like that it connects to email and seems to be very organized. I can access all learning tools and assignments just by logging into one portal.

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at times can be difficult to navigate around. There are a ton of things you can click on, can be easy to get lost at times.

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Colleen from Guaranteed Rate
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

June 2018

June 2018

It's good but not great

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I like a lot of the features and having everything for students in one place, though there are a few glitches.

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I think it's not super intuitive how to use it, I'm not sure what kind of training resources are available but I'm occasssionally lost when using it.

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Chela from Spectrum Electric Inc.
Specialty: Other
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Good not great honestly!

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Platform to use for students and teachers to follow course and class modules throughout the semester. It's an organized method to do assignments, class discussions, notifications, etc.

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I wasn't a fan of the features it had. I'm fairly good with computers and everytime I had to sit down with Blackboard Learn it honestly was a pain. I had to try and figure out how everything worked cause it's not very user friendly.

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Kevin from UCLA
Specialty: Healthcare / Medical
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2018

May 2018

Blackboard is an industry leader

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Blackboard enhances the student-teacher relationship and provides a useful information-sharing platform

Cons

the user interface is not perfect and in fact could use some usability testing to make it easier to use

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JASVIN from UNLV, NEVADA MS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 10,000+ employees Employees number: 10,000+ employees

May 2018

May 2018

Digital School delivered

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Bb learn can be a vital, versatile and vivacious tool to improvise the system of education, had it been successfully implemented to single notch in the education system. It can proved to be another digital professor for homework assistance too.

Pros

-Easy to use and navigate in between function, Articulative Dashboard and convenient to share different file formats with peers and colleagues.

Cons

Professors can actively be a part of it by sharing framework of the course and grades but they may need motivation to do that. professors are still convergent with their limited uses of softwares.

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Hilda from Bryant & Stratton College
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Great Learning Management System

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Blackboard provided a perfect and easy way to facilitate online courses, with many helpful features including discussion boards, grade breakdowns, and easy administrative tools.

Cons

My main complaint is that I think it could be prettier - it is not the most modern looking software. I also don't think they are doing anything that is particularly innovative to push them above and beyond other learning management systems.

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Deirdre from Turbo Tax
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

May 2018

May 2018

Way too many bugs.

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It's free to use. It's great to learn or teach from afar. The option to record the class is great.

Cons

I'm always losing connection. It's difficult to set up. It's not user-friendly at all to me. I'd like tutorials posted or linked within the rooms.

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Nasira from Chapman University
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Effective learning management system with good tech support

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Pros

Announcements, quizzes, compatible with TurnItIn assignments, makes grading simple. Easy to communicate with students and provide information regarding assignments. Posting media is also simple.

Cons

Difficult to administer exams due to inability to block access to Internet during testing. Would also like a feature that allowed a simple way to drop lowest score in a category. Creating quizzes is a bit tedious as well.

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Jacob from Loras College
Specialty: Education
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Blackboard From A Students Perspective

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It is easy to use for students and you can easily figure out what is going on with the class. It is hard to do grad calculations when the professor does not include the weights though.

Cons

There are not too many cons with this product. However, most teachers struggle with the instructor interface. Although I believe this system is much more organized when compared to an eLearn.

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Jordan from Sunland Home Care
Specialty: Healthcare / Medical
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Excellent Solution For Education Providers

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This platform has been an excellent option for connecting further with students and allowing a deeper form of learning. We've found students to increase their overall comprehension of class material when utilizing Blackboard.

Cons

In the early times there can be issues with students logging in during peak hours. However, this was quickly resolved and everything is moving smoothly now.

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Sam from Roseman University of Health Sciences
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

May 2018

May 2018

My school uses this program to upload lecture notes and other class material

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Everything I need for class can be downloaded in as a PDF or as a Microsoft file. Easy for professors to give you the information you need.

Cons

Way too many folders, way too confusing. Its clearly confusing for the professors to figure out where they should upload and store files, because I have the hardest time finding them. Can be difficult to navigate. Needs to be streamlined, at least for what we are using it for.

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Steven from Craneware
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Too clunky, same old educational platform

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Offers a lot of functionality, and has ability for uses to set their own training content as managers and build out courses with lots of option.

Cons

Not turn key, also still has that dated look and feel and not in line with most UX web designs. Too much functionality for basic turn key needs.

Review Source: Capterra
 


April 2018

April 2018

Tested Blackboard for specific reasons

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Knowledge of other LMS platforms. I was required to use it as a test to see if it could be integrated alongside another LMS test software.

Cons

For me personally the interface was not intuitive for the task we were using it for. While I don't think this is normally used in a college-classroom setting we were considering it for that and it just didn't meet our needs. It may work for you

Review Source: Capterra
 

John from ERM Education

April 2018

April 2018

Takes some training but data features are excellent

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The data features are this program's best features. I can readily and easily determine percentage of completion, proficiency rates, etc., of my team on modules we post here within minutes. It helps the strategic planning process tremendously.

Cons

For users who are not used to e-Learning, navigating through the platform takes time for training and support. It is not as readily user-intuitive as others. Plan for this as you roll out the usage of this software.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Pranamesh from Iowa State University

March 2018

March 2018

Using it super-easily everyday for classes

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Very simple tool. Can set notifications based on requirements (i.e., grade upload, assigment upload, etc.)

Cons

Not easy to follow up discussions regarding any assignment or project. The discussion board can be placed better.

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

March 2018

Useful tool for online learning.

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It got the job done, especially after a class was created and populated.

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Very useful for delivering content. As a student I used this software. It is tough to be an all in one stop, but BB has improved greatly over the years through trial and error.

Cons

As a teacher/administrator, BB was bulky and took a while to load new classes. Maintenance was easier, but took forever to establish for the first time.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Phil from University of Otago

March 2018

March 2018

This was the only LMS choice offered by my institution. Appreciated what it offered.

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Blackboard makes organizing course content easy with standard options and the ability to add content with ease. Students enjoyed the standardized ability to track lecture notes, videos and access course readings. For me, it managed the basics of course content delivery really well.

Cons

Student management was challenging. I spent many hours working out how to grade material online and how to hide or show results for students. I found the help files not particularly useful for these challenges, and as these were things that I only performed once or twice per year, I tended to forget how to resolve these issues.

Review Source: Capterra
 


March 2018

March 2018

A staple to higher education learning

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I took a lot of online courses during my higher education learning, and it made my life a lot easier having an organized way to manage and track my courses.

Cons

The UI/UX was outdated but not over complex. From my recent research it still seems that blackboard is the same now as it was 10 years ago?

Review Source: Capterra
 

Albert from DealerClick
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2018

February 2018

Abomination is an Understatement

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I had the opportunity to go to school online, or check assignments on a web-based platform. I liked that. But other than that, I cannot say a single good thing about it.

Pros

It is web-based. Some modules can be dragged and dropped. It has a lot of useless features I don't ever need or use, while missing ones that I do need.

Cons

Let's be real. Blackboard never heard of "less is more." They could learn a lesson from likes of Uber.

Here's what students need:

1. Educational content

2. Tasks with Due Dates and eventually grades

3. Chat (Group and Private)

4. Notifications

If a millennial designed Blackboard, the entire application could fit into a 3 page app, simple enough for a retard.

They went out of their way to make it complicated, so it would seem better on paper. They've put so many bells and whistles that it is an absolute nightmare for both students and professors alike. Confuses everyone and is a bottleneck in our educational system we should be doing without.

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January 2018

January 2018

Clean and simple

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It helps me to keep student data organized.

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Blackboard allows me to organize a lot of data within one program. It's incredibly helpful for tracking student progress.

Cons

The user interface can be challenging to navigate and sometimes it freezes up or slows down and data is lost.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Peter from Univerisity of Amsterdam

December 2017

December 2017

I've used this software to TA 2 courses, and I hate it.

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It does allow you to at least minimize your interaction with Blackboard by allowing you to download assignments in bulk (though an unintuitive interface of course)

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- Everything is unintuitive. I find I usually have to Google tutorials on how to do basic things (e.g. download all assignment submissions)
- The UI is slow and clunky. e.g. you may find that you are allowed to edit some grades, but not others, with no clear explanation given.
- The front page has about 200 buttons on it, 2 of which you might ever use.
- Grading assignments is a painful process, involving a lot of clicking and waiting.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Timothy from DeGarmo Group
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Complex but Powerful - You get a ton of features but that also makes it harder to use

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There are a ton of options in this software that allow you to do almost anything with it. Pretty much if you can dream it up, you can set up a course that does it.

Cons

The number of options available means that nothing is simple. The benefit of a platform with 5 options is that you don't have many choices to make. When you have 500 options, the choices can quickly get overwhelming. In an effort to be for everyone, Blackboard makes everyone suffer a little bit.

Review Source: Capterra
 


October 2017

October 2017

Blackboard has been around forever and does what you need.

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Blackboard is one of the tried and true LMS. It has all of the features and functionality that you need and has great customer support. It is a bigger company and has corresponding resources.

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Seems to be very general in what it offers compared to some competitors that have particularized features that might be better for specialized courses.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Matt from SBTS
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

August 2017

August 2017

An incredible way for businesses to train and educate employees and clients!

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Having this at our disposal has rapidly sped up training processes.

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This was such a great solution for an area we didn't even realize we had a need in. Having this in place makes it incredibly easy to train and educate employees and clients alike!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Jen from Univ. of Iowa

August 2017

August 2017

This is a really helpful tool for employees to train on their own time and at different sites.

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I love the ease of access and way it enables everyone to be on the same page and use time and resources effectively.

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Not as many people in my office are familiar with Blackboard, so there is a learning curve, but if you can devote the time, it is very helpful.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Juan Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

July 2017

July 2017

Great features for institutions. I have been using this for around two years and his functions work pretty well!

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The interfaz of the web page is quite useful, it makes a really good job for the purpose to be, the features to engage the user are meaningful.

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It requires a lot of time to develop an activity because you have move from a lot of links inside the tasks.

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Brian from Chaplain Training Academy
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2017

April 2017

Great Solution for Annual Employee Training

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Blackboard is a great tool for any training manager who is looking to develop e-learning courses for annual employee training requirements. It is easy to use and comes with lots of features.

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Very rich features for managing course content, discussion boards, grade center.

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Compared to other products, Blackboard stands out as a leader of cloud-based LMS software solutions!

Review Source: Capterra
 

Matthew from Stroup Inc.

April 2017

April 2017

Cumbersome

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I have had the pleasure of using this product in many of my life aspects. And I can say, without a doubt, I have loathed every minute of it.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Stephen from Mint Maids
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Just OK, I would pass it up

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Having used Blackboard extensively, I can say that it is an unnecessarily bloated software. It is replete with links and features that you don't want and will never need.

That's not to say it's bad. It can do everything you need it to. It's just not very pretty while it's doing them.

It's also prone to blackouts on a monthly-ish basis.

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lots of options

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bloated
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Review Source: Capterra
 

Kathleen from Fordham University

December 2016

December 2016

Blackboard in an Academic Setting

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I have been using Blackboard for about ten years to support classroom lectures. None of these classes have involved distance learning. I primarily use "Content" to post documents, "Discussions" to exchange information with students, in the "Tools" section I post announcements, send emails, and track tasks, and I use the "Grade Center" to update the students regarding their progress. Because this is in a university setting our IT department has been responsible for customer support and software purchases. Overall my experience with Blackboard has been very positive. However, my university regularly updates the software and it is often difficult to locate features when the version changes. Small differences in the interface can make finding a particular feature difficult.

Review Source: Capterra
 
 
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