KU's Learning Management System


Blackboard Learn — KU’s supported learning management system — helps instructors manage and deliver course materials online.

For more information, see News & Updates.


Blackboard Maintenance & Outage - August 30, 2015 ( 12:01 am - 2 am )

Since the start of the semester, users have reported issues with some of the tools within Blackboard, including SafeAssign, the Mobile Blackboard App, TopHat, and Outcomes Assessment. We have been provided vital fixes from these vendors which need to be implemented immediately to retain functionality. We will apply these fixes to KU’s Blackboard system during the normal Blackboard maintenance window early Sunday August 30 from 12:01 am – 2:00 am. These fixes will require a system restart and outage during that time. We regret the inconvenience this outage may cause and thank you for your understanding as we work to optimize Blackboard for the remainder of the fall semester.  Please visit our News & Updates page for more information regarding the improvements to the system.

If you have questions or concerns please contact Blackboard Support at blackboardsupport@ku.edu or 785-864-2600 during office hours, or the Customer Service Center after 5 p.m. at 785-864-8080 or itcsc@ku.edu.


Instructors:  Blackboard Bootcamp - August 17-28, 2015


KU IT is sponsoring a Blackboard Bootcamp. For two weeks around the start of classes, multiple sessions of Blackboard workshops are available in order to accommodate busy schedules. Instructors and staff are welcome to attend as few or as many as they desire. Those who want to become advanced users should attend more workshops. Our recommendation is to attend Blackboard: Getting Started first.

To see the workshop schedule and enroll, visit workshops.ku.edu. We also offer Virtual Blackboard 101 as a self-paced online workshop. You can click here for virtual workshop self-enrollment instructions or call us at 785-864-2600 to be enrolled.

If these times and dates do not work for your schedule, please contact us at Blackboard Support (bbsupport@ku.edu or 785-864-2600). We offer individual desk side coaching and small group trainings when you are available later in the semester (September - December).

Looking for the FAQ? Try Instructors: Semester Checklist.

Have a great semester!

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Blackboard Workshops include:

Blackboard: Getting Started

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the Blackboard Learn interface and organization features. You will focus on navigation, the course style, and the process of planning, adding, and organizing links on the course menu.

Along the way, you will examine different strategies for organizing the course menu, which is the students’ access point to tools and content. Finally, you will consider ways you can influence your students’ impressions of the online learning environment.

Register for Blackboard: Getting Started

Blackboard: Assignments

The assignments tool enables you to create, manage, and distribute activities that assess students in meaningful ways beyond traditional objective tests.

The Grade Center's organization and management capabilities are incorporated into the assignments tool, allowing you to provide feedback and grades efficiently.

Register for Blackboard: Assignments

Blackboard: Discussions

Online discussions provide some unique benefits. Because students can take time to ponder before posting ideas, you may see more thoughtful conversations play out.

You can observe as students demonstrate their grasp of the material and correct misconceptions. You can extend your office hours by reaching students more often during the week so learning is continuous.

Register for Blackboard: Discussions

Blackboard: Grade Center

Review tools in the Blackboard Learn Grade Center and set up columns using the new features.

Create new column: numeric, calculated
Use Smart Views to filter the grade columns
Enter and edit grades
Download and upload the grade data
Create feedback for students
Enter Manual overrides to grades

Register for Blackboard: Grade Center

Blackboard: Groups

In this workshop, you learn to facilitate collaboration among students by setting up groups. In Blackboard Learn, groups can have their own discussion board, blog, journals, wikis, and live chats. Group members can exchange documents, submit group assignments, send email to other group members, and distribute tasks to keep the group on track.

Register for Blackboard: Groups

Blackboard: Tests

In Blackboard Learn, you can use tests to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students.

In this workshop, the main focus is on creating tests and questions, choosing appropriate settings, and adding tests to course areas. Along the way, you will learn some best practices for using tests as teaching tools and encouraging academic honesty.

Register for Blackboard: Tests

Blackboard: Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing platform which instructors can use to schedule synchronous class sessions. Collaborate can be launched directly from your Blackboard course.

Synchronous class sessions are a convenient medium for collaborative, interactive, and mobile learning.

Register for Using Blackboad Collaborate

Please visit the Blackboard Workshops page to view additional descriptions and register for upcoming events.

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