Saint Louis University

Faculty Support for Blackboard Learn


If you have ever used Blackboard, Canvas, Desire2Learn or Moodle or have never used a Learning Management System before, this is the place to start with Blackboard Learn 9.1.  Blackboard Learn has a large variety of tools to make the most of your students' online, hybrid or web enhanced experience.  Your course can be as simple as a place to post your syllabus and your PowerPoint slides or it can include online communication tools, assignments, tests and many other tools.  There is no right or wrong place to start working on your Blackboard Learn course. The topics below offer one way to get familiar with Blackboard Learn.  These topics and many others can also be found on the left hand navigation menu.

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Where can I get Help incorporating Blackboard Learn into a course?

If you're an instructor wondering why and how best to use this or any other technology to achieve your instructional goals, the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning can help:

What Would You Like To Do With Your Blackboard Learn Course?

Doyou know what you would like to do in Blackboard Learn, but are not sure how to do it? Click here for a list of Blackboard tools that address common teaching needs and goals.

Getting Started with Blackboard Learn at SLU

Do you know how to login in to Blackboard Learn? Do you know how long your Blackboard course will be available? The Getting Started with Blackboard Learn at SLU page answers those questions and many more about how Blackboard Learn is set up at SLU.

Customize Your Course

The Customize Your Course page describes what the default Blackboard Learn Course looks like and how to navigate it. It will also cover the many ways you can customize the look and flow of your course.

Adding Content to Your Course

Blackboard Learn lets you add a large variety of content to your course. The Adding Content to Your Course page describes each of the types of content available to use in Blackboard Learn.

Adding Course Tools To Your Course

Blackboard Learn has many types of course tools available to use in your course.  Click the links below to learn how to use tools.


Managing Your Course: The Control Panel

The Control Panel is the central access point for course management functions. You can manage the course style, course tools, users and groups, the Grade Center and course utility functions from this area. Note: Students do not see the Control Panel.


  • Deploying Tools from the Control Panel 
  • Managing Users and Groups
  • Make Your Course Available
  • Copy Your Course to an Empty Course Shell
  • Backup/Archive Your Course

Blackboard Grade Center Integration with Banner

Click to view instructions on configuring the Grade Center to provide grades to Banner.

  • Grades from the Blackboard Grade Center can be ingegrated into Banner for both Midterm and Final grades.
  • External Midterm Grade and External Final Grade columns used for Banner Integration are created in the Blackboard Grade Center by default.
  • For instructions on how to integrate the External Grade column grades into Banner, go to the Office of the University Registrar's Grading Procedures website.
  • For more information, view the Grade Center page.

Faculty Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Updated: 06/18/2018 by TCR