What is Blackboard?

Blackboard is a Web-based learning management system (LMS) designed to support fully online courses or provide a space for face-to-face course supplementation.  Blackboard provides many types of tools and features for enriching the learning experience.

How Does It Work?

Blackboard integrates with MyMav to provide a space for each course taught each semester.  Student enrollments and faculty assignments are handled automatically by the system.  A fully functional course space, called a “shell,” provides tools for displaying content, interacting with students, and assessing students’ work. Blackboard supports various media types for creating engaging content, such as the following:

  • Audio and video, for example Youtube videos and Echo360 Lecture Capture for more engrossing lectures
  • Discussion and journaling tools for interacting with students and encouraging them to engage with the content
  • A powerful, interactive grade center and assessment tools enable instructors to record and asess students’ work in a variety of ways

How Do I Use It?

Simply log in and get started!


Whether you’re just beginning your first course with Blackboard or have used it before and need a refresher, check out the Students section. Within these student pages, you willl find valuable Quick Tips for working in your Blackboard course, configuring your computer, frequently asked questions, and tutorials.


As you prepare to copy your course materials for the Summer session, you need to be aware of a critical issue regarding course copies and the discussion board. See Course Copies and Discussion Board.

Visit the Faculty/Staff section for useful information. You’ll find semester checklists, tutorials, workshops, and important information about procedures regarding course creation, course duplication, student uploads, course availability, and managing your files.