What is Blackboard?

Blackboard Learn is a Learning Management System for delivering course materials to students. This can include assessment items, lecture recordings, discussion forums and course content modules.




Blackboard can be used to:

  • Display a range of course content, e.g. online modules, videos, graphics and documents
  • Post announcements
  • Allow students to collaborate online using discussion boards and group spaces
  • Create and deliver online tests, including online exams
  • Handle online assignment submission
  • Disseminate marks and feedback for assessment items

Blackboard is the central location where student marks are stored, hence it is considered the “spine” of the VLE into which other VLE tools can integrate.

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