What is Blackboard Learn?

Blackboard Learn is Ohio University's centrally supported Learning Management System. Blackboard Learn is available to all current faculty, staff and students. Blackboard Learn integrates communication tools with a multitude of content delivery options. Blackboard Learn can be used to supplement classroom-based courses, supply the online component of hybrid courses, or deliver the content for distance education courses. Blackboard Learn enables 'conversations in the cloud'.

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Blackboard Learn News


Panopto Lecture Capture requires that all users update the Panopto recording client to version 5.4 prior to July 21, 2017.  As of July 22, older versions of the recording client will no longer connect to the server and will prompt users to download and install the latest version of the app.

Campus Pack was retired April 30, 2017. Click here for more information.

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Ohio University currently recommends Firefox for all Blackboard activities. Download the latest Firefox here.

Instructors - take it to the next level and SuperCharge your Blackboard course with these dynamic and engaging tools!

Ignite student participation!

Top Hat - a comprehensive teaching platform that helps instructors easily create an interactive lecture experience.

  • Upload and display PowerPoint presentations
  • Create customized multimedia-rich slide shows
  • Content displays in class and on mobile devices simultaneously
  • Present from an iPad, mobile device or desktop browser
  • Poll students & ask questions
  • Track attendance
  • Capture student responses in real-time
  • Sync question and attendance scores to Blackboard
  • Hold discussions (anonymous, or not)
  • Mobile-friendly, free app, no hardware clickers or licenses required

Panopto - lecture capture software that allows instructors to record their lectures and students to replay those lectures at a later time. Panopto has several potential uses, such as:

  • Recording a demonstration in class
  • Creating a voiceover PowerPoint presentation
  • Recording student presentations
  • Many more!

Voice Thread - VoiceThreaders are one of the most diverse communities in the world, and that is by design. Participate using your voice, video or text. Use a screen reader or caption your videos. Use any computer, device, or internet connection. Join in the way that works best for you.

  • Provide "Untethered," on-demand participation for students and educators
  • Build a stronger sense of community within classes
  • Streamline course infrastructure with a media agnostic platform
  • Remove logistical barriers of time and place from online learning environments
  • Offer accessible means of participation for anyone
  • Enhance understanding of visual concepts via multi-modal commentary with annotation

Create mobile device-friendly assessments -  use this guide to build tests for use with the Bb Student app.

System Status

Blackboard is functioning as expected.

Blackboard Learn will be unavailable between 3 AM and 5 AM EST on Sunday, November 19 for system maintenance.  Please note that the outage will affect access to services that are delivered via Blackboard, such as Panopto, Turnitin, and various publisher sites, among others.

Blackboard Learn will be unavailable between 3AM and 4 AM EST on Sunday, November 26 while the vendor performs maintenance. 

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Did you know that Blackboard's Grade Center can calculate final grades?  To find out how to get your Grade Center configured to the specifications of your syllabus, see the Grade Center section of the Faculty How-To Guides, or contact Bb Support for a consultation.