Building Blocks

Additional functionality and enhancements can be added to Blackboard through the installation of Building Blocks. These Building Blocks, or B2s as they are sometimes called, contain content that has been provided by a third-party company. As a means to enhance your teaching and learning experience at Ohio University, many new Building Blocks have been added to our installation of Blackboard. Below you will find a comprehensive list of these Building Blocks, instructions for their use, and contact information in the event that support is needed.

Please note: as the Building Block content is provided by third-party companies, support for the Building Blocks is also provided by those companies.

Cengage Learning MindLink

About Cengage Learning:

  • Student Support:
    • Cengage Learning Technical Support
    • Course-specific tech support link accessed in OU Blackboard
    • Phone: 800-354-9706, option 5, option 2
    • Monday-Thursday: 8:30am – 9:00pm Eastern
    • Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm Eastern
    • Please note we offer extended and weekend phone support hours during the start of the semester
    • 24/7 Live Chat Support


  • Support for McGraw-Hill
  • Troubleshooting Information for McGraw-Hill Support:
    • LMS URL:
    • LMS Version: 3100.0.6-rel.3+cd2a24d (Bb 9.1 Q4 2016)
    • Plug-in Version: 2.4.2016040077


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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.