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Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is the Learning Management System available to the Saint Louis University community at both the St. Louis and Madrid campuses. Blackboard provides an online space for instructors to share course content, manage student work, and access to tools that can support activities such as group work, class discussions, and student projects.


Types of Courses in Blackboard Learn
News about Blackboard at SLU
Current Blackboard Features
Support Browsers and Operating Systems
Faculty Support and Training Information
Student Support Information


Access your courses by clicking on the Blackboard Learn icon on the Tools tab of mySLU. Depending on your role at SLU and course enrollments, you may see two kinds of courses in Blackboard Learn:

  • Courses from Banner: All courses in the Banner catalog are automatically created in Blackboard Learn; however, the instructor has the choice whether or not to utilize Blackboard Learn and when to make the course available for students.
  • Courses not in Banner: Departments, programs, and instructors may have a need for a course or organization in Blackboard Learn that is not tied to a course in Banner.  These courses can be used for course development, department/program orientation content, or other purposes. Faculty and staff can request a non-Banner course in Blackboard Learn by sending an email to or calling 314-977-4000.

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Blackboard News!

All Blackboard updates for Spring 2018 have been completed. You can email if you experience any problems. 

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Blackboard Features

Make Course Available
Courses can now be made available to students with a click of a button! Click the small red lock icon at the upper right side of your Blackboard course. Click the button again to turn off availability. Note that the icon is only visible in content areas. For example, if your course entry point is set to Announcements, you won't see the lock. Click Home Page or any other content area and the icon should be visible.

My Portfolios
My Portfolios is a tool that allows students or instructors to gather and organize work into an area outside of a particular Blackboard course. It is accessed from the Home page of Blackboard in the Tools & Links module. Students can create, manage and share their work with multiple Blackboard users. Click here for more information about My Portfolios in Blackboard.

My Content
My Content, like My Portfolios, is located in the Tools & Links module of the Blackboard Home page. It is a place to store files and resources outside of a particular Blackboard course. Every user has 250mb of space to put folders, files or any other data.

Inline Grading with New Box View
We now have inline grading with New Box View. This replaces Crocodoc as our inline grading tool for Blackboard assignments. 

Publisher Tools
Several tools have been added for easy integration of publisher content. These include McGraw Hill Connect, McGraw Hill Create, Pearson MyLab & Mastering and Macmillan Sapling Learning.

TurningPoint Cloud
TurningPoint Cloud is an interactive polling tool that uses student phones, tablets or laptops for interactive, real time surveys. Click here for more information from TurningPoint's web site.

Student Preview

One of the most requested features has been included in the latest Blackboard version: Student Preview Mode. This allows you to switch, with the click of a single button, to see your Blackboard course as your students do. Due to this great new feature, the Add Test Student tool and Test Students will be retired. Click here for more information about the Student Preview tool from Blackboard.

Grading: Delegated Grading
Instructors can delegate grading to specific users from the create Assignment screen. (Smart Views in the Grade Center will still be available.) The Delegate Grading option offers many grading scenarios including Parallel Graders, Blind Parallel Graders, Sample Double Graders, Sample Double Blind Graders and Instructor + Colleague Grader. Click here for more information on Delegated Grading.

Grading: Anonymous Grading
Instructors can turn on anonymous grading in the create Assignment screen. In addition, there are Proofs that the Assignment was graded anonymously. Click here for more information on Anonymous Grading.

The create Assignment screen has been updated to include the Delegated and Anonymous Grading options and has arranged other current options into collapsable sections to make navigating the screen more efficient. Click here for more information on Assignments.

Courses that are hidden on the My Course module will also be hidden on the calendar. This will make the Calendar much easier to use because you will have less course calendars to turn off. Click here for more information on the Calendar.

Content Editor:
Spellcheck is now off by default. It can be turned on by navigating to Control Panel/Customization/Tool Availability. Scroll down to Spell Check, click the box and then click Submit.


In calculated formula questions, instructors can select the number of decimals or significant figures for the correct answers generated by the system. Click here for more information on Assessments.

Improved "My Grades" Tool for Students:
The look and feel of My Grades has been updated. You can now view feedback by clicking View Feedback. 

New First Names: 

Blackboard will now pull first names from Banner using the "Preferred Name" rather than the "Legal Name."

Organization Module:

The new "Organization" module has been added to the Blackboard "Home" tab page beneath the "Announcements" module.  Organizations are basically courses that are designed to be used for department or groups as opposed to Banner courses. Instructors are called 'leaders' and students are called 'participants.' Organizations are great if you need to put up a documents for a group of faculty members in a department or if you want all students in a particular major or club to have a shared but still secure web presence. To have an Organization created, email or call 977-4000.

Note: The Blackboard Learn Mobile app is not directly impacted by this upgrade. The Mobile app update schedule is managed by the Blackboard Mobile development team according to a separate schedule.

Note: the information and videos linked to above were created by the Blackboard Company and may show some features that are not available under SLU's Blackboard Learn license.

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View the Blackboard Learn Browser Compatibility List to find an appropriate supported operating system/browser for your computer. Please note that other applications you may use, such as Tegrity, may have different supported browsers.

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Faculty Blackboard Support can be contacted at 314-977-4000. Tickets can be entered 24/7. Be aware that not all issues can be resolved over the phone and will be escalated to the ATC Team. Faculty can also e-mail or visit the Faculty Support pages for help with Blackboard Learn. The ATC team can provide individual technical training for Faculty to explain the features and tools in Blackboard Learn. Please use the contact information above to submit a request for a training session.

Faculty can get help incorporating Blackboard Learn into a course from the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning: Contact the Reinert Center to discuss why and how best to use this or any other technology to achieve your instructional goals.

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Students can visit the Tech Services Center webage or contact the TSC-North or TSC-South at 314-977-4000, extension 2 for assistance. 

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Any downtime for maintenance will be communicated to the University community via Blackboard Announcements and Newslink.

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 Updated: 6/18/2018 by TCR