Blackboard Learn

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Blackboard Learn is the learning management system (LMS) used at UIC and is a Web-based integrated teaching and learning tool available for faculty to administer online courses. Course site development and navigation is accomplished through a consistent and easy-to-use web browser user interface. 


Blackboard Learn allows instructors to:

  • Make class materials available online
  • Add announcements to the homepage of their course site
  • Add links to external resources
  • Send email to entire class, select groups or individuals
  • Collect homework electronically
  • Deploy quizzes and tests online
  • Automatically grade quizzes and tests with feedback for the students if desired
  • Add grades and automatically calculate grades in the Grade Center for students to access directly

Course site development and navigation is accomplished through a consistent and easy-to-use web browser user interface including tools such as: 

  • SafeAssign — Plagiarism analysis tool for assignments
  • Blackboard Collaborate Voice Tools — Voice authoring tools built directly into your Blackboard course site including podcasting, voice boards and more
  • Journals — Blackboard based journal tool
  • Blogs — Blackboard based blogging tool
  • Wikis — Blackboard based wiki tool
  • Online Tests — Create and deploy quizzes and tests online
  • Online Surveys — Anonymous surveys administered through Blackboard
  • Discussion Boards — Threaded discussions
  • Self and Peer Assessment — Peer and self assessment
  • Glossary — Listing of a glossary of terms for a course site
  • Send Email — Outgoing email on a course by course basis
  • Voice Announcements — Audio based announcements
  • Pools — Test and quizzes can be created from a pre-developed pool of questions 
  • Adaptive Release — Create rule-based interactivity, such as completing a quiz before reading the results of a data set
  • Echo360 — Record a Lecture and publish to Blackboard Learn
  • Groups — Support for groups and options for students to collaborate virtually within a group structure
  • Collect Homework Assignments Electronically — Collect papers and files digitally then correct and give feedback online
  • Announcements — Post announcements on the homepage of your course (including audio announcements if desired)
  • External Links — Easily post links to external URLs (web sites) 
  • Grade Center — Post grades and calculate weighted totals for the total course grade
  • RSS Feeds — Use RSS feeds built into the system
  • Learning Modules — Use learning modules to steer students from one file to the next in a sequential order
  • Photo Roster — Quickly see a photo of your students to help place a name with a face


To access Blackboard Learn, students, faculty and staff must use their UIC netID (do not append after the netID) and common password

Web browsers used with Blackboard Learn must have Java and Javascript enabled, cookies and third-party cookies enabled, and pop-up blocker disabled. 

Blackboard Weekly Scheduled Maintenance Window

There is never a good time to have a major service like Blackboard taken down for necessary maintenance. However, a few times a year maintenance procedures require that the system be taken offline. For this reason, Blackboard has a scheduled weekly maintenance window on  Friday mornings from 1:00 am (CST) to 5:00 am (CST).  It is highly recommended that any online tests, quizzes, assignments, etc., take into consideration the weekly maintenance window.


There is no charge for this service.


Phone 312-996-9824
In person Instructional Technology Lab


Last updated: 

December 16, 2014

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