Blackboard for Business Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Blackboard for Business

Online learning management system and course management

3.97/5 (267 reviews)

Blackboard for Business overview

What is Blackboard for Business?

Blackboard for Business enables you to provide today’s diverse employees and learners with the flexible professional development, training, and online learning that they need to be successful. Our learning platforms are built on the fundamentals of how people learn, enabling learning online, on demand, and in real time. learning more effective in and beyond the traditional walls.

Our comprehensive solution is more than an LMS. It is a fully unified learning platform is that is trusted, flexible and impactful. And our support and experience ensures your success.
www.blackboard.com

Pricing

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Business size

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 3 other markets, India, Japan, Germany

Supported languages

English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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Blackboard for Business reviews

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Gabriela Rivera

Blackboard LMS for Business Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-05-19
Review Source: Capterra

My overall experience with Blackboard LMS Business is always amazing! It has helped and improved my grade so much because it lets me know ahead of time when assignments are due, which has helped be more organized as well. I love this software so much and I suggest everyone to use this!

Pros
A feature that I love the most about this software is it allows teachers to upload assignments online to eliminate the use of paper. This software is such an easy to use software and really simple to change any settings for the liking of your choice. What I also love about this is that it is a good platform to take tests and quizzes, which is super amazing because it is not confusing at all. I absolutely love this and it has helped be more organized!

Cons
A feature that I would like to see in the future is the mobile app, it could use a little improvement and it is a bit slow, but the desktop version is amazing so it does not really bother me because I usually check and do everything through my desktop. I still absolutely love this software.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

A decent LMS, but there are better ones out there that have less workability issues

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-10-07
Review Source: Capterra

I have used both Blackboard and Moodle in the past, and I found them very similar for what they offered. I would have been fine using Blackboard indefinitely had I not found out about Canvas, which is what we are using now and I am absolutely it's biggest fan!

Pros
I used Blackboard for almost 10 years, and it was a decent LMS for my needs. When Blackboard Collaborate came out, it was even better because it added a new layer of possibilities (I could have several webinar/conversations going, merge conversations, and/or present to different groups at one time). However, there were always bugs in the system, even though we updated constantly. The Blackboard app was also very limited.

Cons
Too many bugs and freezes; many of my students had issues with accessing links when they used different internet browsers. Good for a small school or business, but not larger ones.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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John Crisp

a Long Term User's Honest Experience

Reviewed 2016-03-23
Review Source: GetApp

Quick background, was in high tech sales and marketing for many years prior to teaching and heavily involved with custom Computer Graphics systems since Time Arts Lumena was around (predecessor to Photoshop). Check out my LinkedIn profile for more details. On to the product review -- I've been using Blackboard for *many* years, and have been teaching (and doing) Web Design and Development since 1993. I'm retiring shortly, so I can be absolutely frank and honest about my experience with this app without fear of upsetting IT folks or admins that I would have to work with in the future. Truthfully, the ONLY reason I use this app is because I have no alternative at the College where I teach and it gives the students easy access to information, but so would any LMS (Learning Management System). The UIX (User Interface Experience) is incredibly archaic and counter-intuitive. It's also painfully slow to use, as it does constant server requests (just paste the URL for a Blackboard connection into http://www.webpagetest.org/ for testing). Sometimes one single click every 15 seconds is all the system will react to when I'm using the grade book, etc. -- in the "real" world, without captive users, no one would ever return to a site with those response times. To be fair to Blackboard, part of that may (or may not) be our schools network or Blackboard interface setup. As far as usability, Blackboard needs to let the User Interface and UIX designers (if they even had any) direct the techs and coders. It's *very* obvious that it's been the reverse, . They should 'steal' some Apple UIX people and give them some *real* power to direct how the app works and what it looks like. I've just finished using Blackboard for 3 hours+ doing things that should have taken 1 hour or less had the interface been optimized and more thought out. For example, under the 'Assignments' and 'Course Documents' sections there is no easy way to reorder or batch select using something basic like check boxes or a multi-select hot keys. Also, any NEW assignment or document post goes to the BOTTOM (the absolute reverse of a Blog post) So I need to drag it back to the top (where it logically should go). However, even that is awkward, since when I drag to the top of the browser the window does not auto-scroll. I have to hold the left mouse button at the same time as I use my middle finger to roll the mouse wheel -- duh!!. There IS a small text window pop-up accessed via an archaic icon to reorder posts, however, that shows only 5 assignment titles at a time (no window resize function to show more than 5). I can reorder them there, but need to do a single mouse click each time it moves up one position, but again, with no way to see more than 5 and no way to multi-select. So, if I have 50 course documents and want to shift 5 new documents to the top (where they belong) that's almost 250 mouse clicks to re-position 5 documents to where they should be in the first place - duh!! In Gradebook it only shows 10 students listed by default. I can change the setting up to 50 but the next time I go back it's back or need to refresh something -- it's back to 10. It doesn't save defaults or give me a choice. This may seem to be nit-picking, but over the period of a 14 week semester that's a lot of wasted time time and clicks. I'm going to end my review here as I have more work to do, but when I saw a 4 star review for this LMS being the solo review I had to balance it out. Bottom line is, the concept is good -- many, many modules/tools in a LMS bundled package but the execution is absolutely awful. Just Google search 'Blackboard sucks' or 'I hate Blackboard' if you want real faculty and user opinions sans any marketing spin. Other telltale signs are when a company start to lose long-term clients. Ryerson University in Toronto just did a switch from Blackboard after "a multi-year consultation process". More on that process is here http://lms.blog.ryerson.ca/ Hopefully that last paragraph doesn't get censored, because that's the source of raw truth.

Pros
1. it's an LMS and something is better than nothing. 2. It's full of examples I can show my students on how not to do UI and UIX 3. Well established company is behind it 4. Modular front-end 5. Many bells and whistles

Cons
1. Counter intuitive, clunky, awkard UI (User Interface) - improve it by hiring UI/UIX experts and giving them actual control over the app interface and functions. 2. Slow (even when on the same network node or high speed cable connection) - needs a code rewrite/optimization. 3. Ancient aesthetics (although some design elements are now "flat design-ish") - hire UI and UIX designers and actually allow them to direct the final interface. 4. Many glitches (I've a folder full of screen-shots, if you want proof) - again a code rewrite needed, or ideally a complete start-over with newer code philosophies and methods.

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Kayla Kumar-Misir

BlackBoard as a student

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-04-15
Review Source: Capterra

It's super easy to navigate and find all your resources on. It's well organized and I love it.

Pros
I really like using blackboard. It is a lot better than other programs I've had to learn for school. It is super easy to navigate. You can find all your assignments there. There's a calendar to make when assignments are due. My favorite part I think, is the fact that you can email another student through blackboard. So if you are doing a project and you've never met your partner, or don't have their information, you can email them through blackboard.

Cons
There really isn't anything that I don't like about it.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Blackboard Learning Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-04-07
Review Source: Capterra

Overall experience with this software was very positive I use this program for six years give or take in completing my online education and it allowed me to complete all of my assignments collaborate with my classmates and discuss different subjects with my professor

Pros
Very helpful software program and giving the ability to access all of your studies Online and be able to complete all of your assignments that are posted by the professor

Cons
At times the system would have many glitches not allowing you to access your accounts or complete your studies and you would have to call the IT department in order to access your account

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Blackboard for Business pricing

Pricing options
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Blackboard for Business features

API
Activity Dashboard

Activity Tracking (265 other apps)
Applicant Tracking (315 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (388 other apps)
Customizable Branding (306 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (300 other apps)
Data Import/Export (292 other apps)
Employee Database (286 other apps)
Employee Management (351 other apps)
Employee Onboarding (250 other apps)
Employee Portal (253 other apps)
Employee Self Service (248 other apps)
Performance Management (244 other apps)
Real Time Reporting (261 other apps)
Recruitment Management (268 other apps)
Reminders (260 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (453 other apps)
Self Service Portal (326 other apps)
Third Party Integration (356 other apps)

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Additional information for Blackboard for Business

Key features of Blackboard for Business

  • SIS Integration Framework
  • Automate Outcomes Assessment
  • Blackboard Collaborate Integration
  • Blackboard Open Content
  • Course Embedded Assessment
  • Course Themes and Structures
  • Date Management tool
  • Discussion Boards and Calendar
  • Easily Create and Manage Groups
  • Easy Update and Management of Files
  • Enterprise Surveys and Course Evaluations
  • Global Learning Social Network
  • Grade Center, Digital badges and certificates
  • Interactive Rubrics
  • Learner Activity Reporting
  • Needs Grading Smart View
  • Standards and Goals Alignment & Performance Reporting
  • Test Deployment and Design
  • Video Embedding and Content Editor
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