Blackboard Learn

Who Uses Blackboard Learn?

For colleges and universities.

What Is Blackboard Learn?

Blackboard is the largest learning company in the world. With over 100 million learners and 20 years of experience, we've perfected the art of effective learning. We've helped over 700 corporate and government organizations around the world deliver outcomes-based learning that drives employee growth in a measurable way. Our unified learning ecosystem of both technology and services provides a trusted one-stop solution that powers learning programs that make employees and organizations thrive.

Blackboard Learn Details

Blackboard

https://www.blackboard.com

Founded 1997

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Blackboard Learn pricing overview

Blackboard Learn does not have a free version. Blackboard Learn paid version starts at US$9,500.00/year.


Starting Price

US$9,500.00/year

Free Version

No

Blackboard Learn deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • Phone Support
  • 24/7 (Live rep)
  • Chat

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-based
  • Windows (On-Premise)
  • Linux (On-Premise)
  • Android (Mobile)
  • iPhone (Mobile)
  • iPad (Mobile)

Training Software

  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation
  • Videos

Blackboard Learn Features

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Alumni Management Software
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking Software
  • Calendar Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Scheduling
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Content Management System (CMS) Software
  • Course Authoring Software
  • Curriculum Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Document Management Software
  • Drag & Drop
  • Event Calendar
  • Faculty/Staff Management
  • Financial Aid Management
  • Forms Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Housing Management
  • Learning Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Records Management Software
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Scheduling Software
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Single Sign On Software
  • Status Tracking
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Student Portal
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Workflow Management Software

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  • Academic/Education
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  • Assessment Management
  • Assignment Management
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Certification Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Content Library
  • Content Management System (CMS) Software
  • Corporate/Business
  • Course Authoring Software
  • Course Management
  • Course Tracking
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Employee Portal
  • Gamification Software
  • Gradebook Software
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Multi-Language
  • Performance Metrics
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Self Service Portal
  • Self-Learning
  • Single Sign On Software
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Talent Management Software
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Management
  • User Management
  • Video Conferencing Software
  • eCommerce Management
  • eLearning Companies

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  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
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  • Blended Learning
  • Calendar Management
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  • Class Scheduling
  • Communication Management
  • Community Management
  • Content Management System (CMS) Software
  • Course Authoring Software
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Event Calendar
  • Feedback Management
  • Gamification Software
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  • Location Tracking
  • Mobile App
  • Monitoring
  • Orientation Workflow Management
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  • Polls/Voting
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
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  • Student Portal
  • Surveys & Feedback
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  • Academic/Education
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  • Activity Tracking
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  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Built-in Course Authoring
  • Built-in LMS
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Management Software
  • Content Library
  • Content Management System (CMS) Software
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  • Course Authoring Software
  • Course Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Reports
  • Gamification Software
  • Interactive Content
  • Learner Portal
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Paths/Tracks
  • Mobile Learning Software
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Multi-Language
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SCORM Compliance
  • Self-Learning
  • Single Sign On Software
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Tracking
  • Social Learning
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Tests/Assessments
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Training Administration
  • Training Companies
  • Training Management
  • Training Record Management
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Blackboard Learn Reviews

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Overall rating

4/5

Average score

Ease of Use 3.7
Customer Service Software 3.8
Features 3.9
Value for Money 3.8

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Gabriela R.
Employee
Food Production, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support Software
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020-05-19

"Blackboard LMS for Business Review"

Comments: My overall experience with Blackboard LMS Business is always amazing! It has helped and improved my grade so much because it lets me know ahead of time when assignments are due, which has helped be more organized as well. I love this software so much and I suggest everyone to use this!

Pros: A feature that I love the most about this software is it allows teachers to upload assignments online to eliminate the use of paper. This software is such an easy to use software and really simple to change any settings for the liking of your choice. What I also love about this is that it is a good platform to take tests and quizzes, which is super amazing because it is not confusing at all. I absolutely love this and it has helped be more organized!

Cons: A feature that I would like to see in the future is the mobile app, it could use a little improvement and it is a bit slow, but the desktop version is amazing so it does not really bother me because I usually check and do everything through my desktop. I still absolutely love this software.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020-05-19
Verified Reviewer
Professor of Science
Higher Education Software, 501-1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    3 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support Software
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    4 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    7/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019-10-07

"A decent LMS, but there are better ones out there that have less workability issues"

Comments: I have used both Blackboard and Moodle in the past, and I found them very similar for what they offered. I would have been fine using Blackboard indefinitely had I not found out about Canvas, which is what we are using now and I am absolutely it's biggest fan!

Pros: I used Blackboard for almost 10 years, and it was a decent LMS for my needs. When Blackboard Collaborate came out, it was even better because it added a new layer of possibilities (I could have several webinar/conversations going, merge conversations, and/or present to different groups at one time). However, there were always bugs in the system, even though we updated constantly. The Blackboard app was also very limited.

Cons: Too many bugs and freezes; many of my students had issues with accessing links when they used different internet browsers. Good for a small school or business, but not larger ones.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019-10-07
Anitha G.
postdoc
Higher Education Software, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support Software
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2021-04-12

"blackboard Learn for undergraduate classes"

Comments: I used blackboard as a graduate student and I have been using it now as an instructor for my larger chemistry classes with 200 to 250 students, and it is really very helpful, makes my classes run smoothly.

Pros: it is easy to post all assignments, class materials, notes and grades using blackboard. Especially for larger classes I don't have to print the paper copy, posting the class material on blackboard will help students to print and refer to the material easily. Gradebook is one of the best features of blackboard, I have quizzes almost everyday for my students, posting these quizzes grades were very straightforward using blackboard. I have also used blackboard for online quizzes and exams, and for lab exams.

Cons: Blackboard gets slower when many people are using at the same time and some times it becomes unavailable due to maintenance(but we do get notice prior to it). other than that I had no issue with it.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2021-04-12
John C.
Professor
Higher Education Software, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    1 /5
  • Ease of Use
    1 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    Unrated
  • Customer Support Software
    2 /5
  • Value for Money
    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    Unrated
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: GetApp
  • Reviewed on 2016-03-23

"a Long Term User's Honest Experience"

Comments: Quick background, was in high tech sales and marketing for many years prior to teaching and heavily involved with custom Computer Graphics systems since Time Arts Lumena was around (predecessor to Photoshop). Check out my LinkedIn profile for more details. On to the product review -- I've been using Blackboard for *many* years, and have been teaching (and doing) Web Design and Development since 1993. I'm retiring shortly, so I can be absolutely frank and honest about my experience with this app without fear of upsetting IT folks or admins that I would have to work with in the future. Truthfully, the ONLY reason I use this app is because I have no alternative at the College where I teach and it gives the students easy access to information, but so would any LMS (Learning Management System). The UIX (User Interface Experience) is incredibly archaic and counter-intuitive. It's also painfully slow to use, as it does constant server requests (just paste the URL for a Blackboard connection into http://www.webpagetest.org/ for testing). Sometimes one single click every 15 seconds is all the system will react to when I'm using the grade book, etc. -- in the "real" world, without captive users, no one would ever return to a site with those response times. To be fair to Blackboard, part of that may (or may not) be our schools network or Blackboard interface setup. As far as usability, Blackboard needs to let the User Interface and UIX designers (if they even had any) direct the techs and coders. It's *very* obvious that it's been the reverse, . They should 'steal' some Apple UIX people and give them some *real* power to direct how the app works and what it looks like. I've just finished using Blackboard for 3 hours+ doing things that should have taken 1 hour or less had the interface been optimized and more thought out. For example, under the 'Assignments' and 'Course Documents' sections there is no easy way to reorder or batch select using something basic like check boxes or a multi-select hot keys. Also, any NEW assignment or document post goes to the BOTTOM (the absolute reverse of a Blog post) So I need to drag it back to the top (where it logically should go). However, even that is awkward, since when I drag to the top of the browser the window does not auto-scroll. I have to hold the left mouse button at the same time as I use my middle finger to roll the mouse wheel -- duh!!. There IS a small text window pop-up accessed via an archaic icon to reorder posts, however, that shows only 5 assignment titles at a time (no window resize function to show more than 5). I can reorder them there, but need to do a single mouse click each time it moves up one position, but again, with no way to see more than 5 and no way to multi-select. So, if I have 50 course documents and want to shift 5 new documents to the top (where they belong) that's almost 250 mouse clicks to re-position 5 documents to where they should be in the first place - duh!! In Gradebook it only shows 10 students listed by default. I can change the setting up to 50 but the next time I go back it's back or need to refresh something -- it's back to 10. It doesn't save defaults or give me a choice. This may seem to be nit-picking, but over the period of a 14 week semester that's a lot of wasted time time and clicks. I'm going to end my review here as I have more work to do, but when I saw a 4 star review for this LMS being the solo review I had to balance it out. Bottom line is, the concept is good -- many, many modules/tools in a LMS bundled package but the execution is absolutely awful. Just Google search 'Blackboard sucks' or 'I hate Blackboard' if you want real faculty and user opinions sans any marketing spin. Other telltale signs are when a company start to lose long-term clients. Ryerson University in Toronto just did a switch from Blackboard after "a multi-year consultation process". More on that process is here http://lms.blog.ryerson.ca/ Hopefully that last paragraph doesn't get censored, because that's the source of raw truth.

Pros: 1. it's an LMS and something is better than nothing.
2. It's full of examples I can show my students on how not to do UI and UIX
3. Well established company is behind it
4. Modular front-end
5. Many bells and whistles

Cons: 1. Counter intuitive, clunky, awkard UI (User Interface) - improve it by hiring UI/UIX experts and giving them actual control over the app interface and functions.
2. Slow (even when on the same network node or high speed cable connection) - needs a code rewrite/optimization.
3. Ancient aesthetics (although some design elements are now "flat design-ish") - hire UI and UIX designers and actually allow them to direct the final interface.
4. Many glitches (I've a folder full of screen-shots, if you want proof) - again a code rewrite needed, or ideally a complete start-over with newer code philosophies and methods.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: GetApp
  • Reviewed on 2016-03-23
Verified Reviewer
CIO
Higher Education Software, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    3 /5
  • Customer Support Software
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    3 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2021-04-06

"Blackboard"

Comments: This is our LMS system and we are in general very happy with it.

Pros: I have found it easy to use and easy to get used to. I like the value that it brings to the educational experience.

Cons: It's not the most modern product. That being said all the tools exist once you get used to it and find them.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2021-04-06