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.

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My learning network

My learning network

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Calendar

Courses

Courses

Instructor messaging

Instructor messaging

Instructor resources

Instructor resources

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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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Ying from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Industry:  Education

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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October 2018

Overall is good. Can't do self-enrollment

Pros

Overall, it covers most of the functions required as a learning management system. Usually, it was supported through the institution, which didn't leave you much choices.

Cons

Can't do self-enrollment for learners. The name of "module page" and "learning module" is pretty confusing. The module page has limited functions. Haven't find a way to expand the tools.

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Timea from Country Fair Inc.

Industry:  Education

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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Functionality

October 2018

Easy to navigate

Great!

Pros

-Simple, easy to add features.
-Easy to customize your page.
-Perfect for uploading documents and easy to score them

Cons

-Have to wait sometimes to receive the uploads, but that only happened a few times.
-Reaching customer support can take longer.

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Yuan from Cornell University

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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Functionality

October 2018

Decent features, but UI needs to be improved

Pros

It's good as a central platform from which we can access all of the course information, both current and historical. Course announcements can also be made through it - communication among professors and the class is easy.

Cons

While it has a number of decent features, the usability is not great. UI needs to be improved - it's hard to find what you want within the site sometimes.

Review Source: Capterra
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Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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October 2018

Cumbersome but Effective

Pros

It is ubiquitous in academic sites, so I and most customers have encountered it and can use it.

Cons

It's pretty cumbersome to use until I got accustomed to it. I had some trouble getting it to look and work the way I wanted.

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Casey from Baylor University

Industry:  Education

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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Functionality

October 2018

Easy way to stay up-to-date on class

Pros

The messaging functionality was an efficient way to stay informed on updates about the class. I also enjoyed that all of my classes were easy to find in one place.

Cons

Sometimes the dashboard could be hard to navigate. My experience also depending greatly upon the professor of the class utilizing the software in the best way possible.

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Monique from Samaritan Daytop Village

Industry:  Non-Profit

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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Functionality

October 2018

Easy and Convenient

Pros

Accessibility to information, the ease to navigate from one thing to another. Everything is listen in the needs order for the most part.

Cons

I don't remember any cons using black boards. It was easy convenient to look at my assignments, find my classes and print my syllabus.

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Gerald from Research

Industry:  Education

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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October 2018

Good experience

I will use it again and will recommend it.

Pros

Blackboard has many functionalities. Everything I thought of doing was already included as a function

Cons

Probably because there are too many features, there is not enough documentation to help with navigating some of the features

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kensei from kleen test products

Industry:  Manufacturing

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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Functionality

October 2018

makes doing homework easier

Pros

classes and teachers are already set up and organised for you. you just enter the website and you, no need to find your classes. your class, homework, grades, teacher info, everything is right in there already

Cons

without learning how to use it first, it can very difficult for beginners or for those who aren't computer savvy. learning how to submit homework, message your teacher, or connecting to digital content can be confusing and tricky. my school is now making it mandatory to take a blackboard class that teaches you how to use it before you sign up for online classes, but not all schools do this.

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Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2018

Blackboard

It was a lifesaver for me because I actually needed printed materials in alternate formats anyway, and it was aaccessible with my screen reader, JAWS. I would definitely recommend Blackboard as a means to provide course materials to students.

Pros

Blackboard makes it possible to teach courses fully online. It is also useful for courses that are being taught on-campus, because all the materials can be posted there so instructors don’t have to print multiple copies, and students can access them anytime. Instructors can also have blackboard grade quizzes and tests automatically (except essay questions have to be graded manually) so students can check their answers after submitting their work. Tests and quizzes can also be timed, and if you have students with disabilities who have extended time on tests as an accommodation, you can set them up with the additional time.

Cons

I used Blackboard the whole time I was in graduate school (2 years) for both online and on-campus courses, and I have only positive things to say about it.

Review Source: Capterra

Teyanna from Samaritan Daytop Village

Industry:  Non-Profit

Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

Ease-of-use

Value for money

Customer support

Functionality

October 2018

Better than ENGAGE

I prefer this platform any day over what my college currently uses.

Pros

User friendly with a clear homepage. I was easily able to access my grades, assignments, schedules and navigate with ease. Blackboard tech support was very responsive to any issues.

Cons

The only thing that I did not like about Blackboard was the need for a new window when logging into emails or self service.

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Koby from Homecare

Industry:  Education

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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October 2018

Easy to use

Pros

I liked using it as a student. Was able to login to my classes and see my grades and homework due through the app.

Cons

Don't really have any cons besides not all my professors using it. Would be nice if all of them did so that all of my school work would be in the same place

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Deb from Bluffton university

Industry:  Education

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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Value for money

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October 2018

Blackboard Learn is just OK

Pros

Blackboard learn integrates really well with the existing Blackboard software. This would be the reason I would take a look at this.

Cons

This product along with many other Blackboard products are very expensive not only to purchase but to run on a day to day basis.

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Evaggelia from Public School

Industry:  Education

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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Value for money

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October 2018

Blackboard is the most convinient LMS for everybody. Friendly and customizeable enviroment

Good value for money, very convinient, multi task, contemporary, easy to use teaching tool. I love it

Pros

Easy to use platform, easy to configure depending the current needs. Rich and attractive interface. Sharing is a piece of cake and motivates the students to interact and comunicate. The price is affordable and it works in any smartphone and tablet, any available device. You are capable to get any tool when you need it. It fosters both independant, self pace learning and collaboration and interaction.

Cons

There is an issue for the educatior, when it is about the assignments and assessments. Not so easy to handle. Utilizes some standards that it might not fit to everyone's taste. It need to be updated more often.

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Mansoor from Best Buddies International

Industry:  Non-Profit

Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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October 2018

Great tool for schools

Pros

Very easy and simple to use interface. All classes and class related materials are very easy to mavigate.

Cons

Not sure if its a con but it is very basic and it need an interface upgrade to keep up with today’s advanced tech but I do not want to lose the its simplicity either.

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Nicole from SDSM & Ortho Center, inC

Industry:  Healthcare / Medical

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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October 2018

Blackboard review!

Pros

Easy! and super user friendly when having to access for classes and getting your school work done. I feel all schools should offer to use this during the school year.

Cons

Not much cons on this software. It has always been pretty self explanatory but you do need a teacher or TA showing you first on how to navigate it.

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Jordan from Sunland Home Care

Industry:  Healthcare / Medical

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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Functionality

September 2018

Blackboard Is The Industry Leader!

Pros

Blackboard is amazing to help implement the latest learning material and strategies! We had a couple of options to work with but Blackboard is the must go to!

Cons

There's not much to say about Blackboard other than they are an excellent leader in the educational space!

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Paul from Stepanov Trucking

Industry:  Accounting / CPA

Number of employees:  1 employee

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September 2018

Great way to have an organized online learning experience.

Pros

Great for online classes because it helps keep homework and assignments organized. Easy to navigate between weekly tasks.

Cons

Seems a little bit out dated. Can be a little bit confusing at first time use especially if the instructor does not know how to utilize it.

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Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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September 2018

Blackboard LMS

Classrooms disorganized?! Not with Blackboard! This will make classroom administration a breeze, saving your instructors and administrators a lot of time and make your classroom management 1000% more efficient!

Pros

The greatest feature of this product is the ease of use with regards to its navigation. When we started using Blackboard LMS, I literally trained a large portion of our staff on the ins and outs of the software in less than 2 hours. This has made classroom organization the easiest it has been in decade. Our instructors can distribute class materials, assignments, and grades with a few clicks. It is absolutely amazing!

Cons

Installation can be both lengthy and problematic if you are moving from an incompatible LMS. While we were lucky, we still ran into bugs while making our transition. This was frustrating, but was luckily done during the summer, when attendance was at its lowest.

Review Source: Capterra

Bill from Tarrant County College

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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September 2018

Blackboard is not very easy to use

Pros

Integration of all the programs the school needs into one program

Cons

UI is not very intuitive and very confusing

Review Source: Capterra

Mariam from Hunter Vision

Industry:  Healthcare / Medical

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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September 2018

Great for students

Pros

Blackboard is great to use as a student. It's user-friendly and very easy to learn and navigate through. Grades and assignments are easy to view.

Cons

The site could sometimes be slow or would go down but that was very occasionally. I didn't really have any issues using it.

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