Blackboard Learn Pricing Plan & Cost Guide

Blackboard Learn

Online learning management system and course management

3.97/5 (303 reviews)

Blackboard Learn Pricing

Starting from: $9500.00/year

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

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Blackboard Learn Pricing Reviews

Pros

  • Overall I had a wonderful experience and I’ve talked to other students about their thoughts and the overall consensus was it’s great for the busy college student.Michele P.Read the full review
  • Blackboard is wonderful for students, it is very easy to use and they constantly do updates that help improve the system.Katie H.Read the full review
  • It's been a wonderful experience with Blackboard, i love how other applications integrate so well with Blackboard.Kennis N.Read the full review

Cons

  • We ran our own host and it had nothing but problems, and I am not talking hardware. Every time we went to run an update, it broke something.Tony L.Read the full review
  • Everything about Blackboard is clunky — at least as it is set up in our university. Operations that should be drag and drop require multiple clicks.Richard R.Read the full review
  • When you first enter blackboard it can seem hard to navigate and seem overwhelming for both student and teacher. The options for customization for teachers are somewhat limited.Jess P.Read the full review
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20 reviewers had the following to say about Blackboard Learn's pricing:

Eugenio C.

How a big platform loose the ranking

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-12-15
Review Source: Capterra

The mobolebapp is not functional, there is no gamification nor maestries.

Pros
I like the advertisements they did in the past, everyone knew how expensive and famous it was.

Cons
They did not innovate, they both a lot of little competitors and lately they are selling them because that strategy has lost again more innovative platforms and cheaper.

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Likelihood to recommend: 2/10

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Evaggelia A.

Blackboard is the most convinient LMS for everybody. Friendly and customizeable enviroment

Reviewed 2018-10-07
Review Source: Software Advice

Good value for money, very convinient, multi task, contemporary, easy to use teaching tool. I love it

Pros
Easy to use platform, easy to configure depending the current needs. Rich and attractive interface. Sharing is a piece of cake and motivates the students to interact and comunicate. The price is affordable and it works in any smartphone and tablet, any available device. You are capable to get any tool when you need it. It fosters both independant, self pace learning and collaboration and interaction.

Cons
There is an issue for the educatior, when it is about the assignments and assessments. Not so easy to handle. Utilizes some standards that it might not fit to everyone's taste. It need to be updated more often.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Rene T.

Decent product, but expensive

Reviewed 2016-12-06
Review Source: Capterra

Great product for when your company doesn't have internal tech support. The company took care of everything for us. Unfortunately there were lots of limits and everything had an extra cost.

Pros
· Diverse approaches to problem-solving. · Common language for interaction. · Efficient storage of information · Flexible representation of information. · Iterative approach to problem-solving. · Organized participation.

Cons
Expensive. Long wait times for tech support.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Simon S.

Hard to use software that is also very expensive!

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-08-19
Review Source: Capterra

Okay.

Pros
Blackboard LMS is great for schools as well as faculty in organizing their class materials although it can be a bit confusing for your average user.

Cons
Price and the fact it was hard to implement.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Hope H.

Great platform for e-learning

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-05-13
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Somewhat easy to use for simple applications, robust enough to handle the more complex applications. Lots of features and priced competitively.

Cons
Somewhat complex to setup if you need customization. You need a tech person on staff to do anytype of customization.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Jolene H.

Okay but expensive

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-01-10
Review Source: Capterra

It was fine but it needs to be updated. Also it thinks it’s the best but it really isn’t. The company should look at how much they charge and are people really getting what they should for that price tag.

Pros
The software is very traditional. It has great capabilities for pulling information out across courses and makes evaluating courses easy.

Cons
It is not very user friendly and is sort of clunky. It needs to have easier interfacing for both the student and the teacher. It would be nice if it had flow guides for online courses. It gets very confusing in there.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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India O.

Not the most robust product available

Used occasionally for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-11-13
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
The pros of Blackboard for Business is the price, however, as is commonly said, you get what you pay for. There are many alternatives that are more responsive and current in design. A few dollars more is well worth the money spent

Cons
The slow response, the archaic design, the lack of intuitive processes all lead to a frustrating experience with this platform.

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Likelihood to recommend: 4/10

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William L.

Avoid this program at all costs. Use literally anything else.

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-04-24
Review Source: Software Advice

Awful. If I had the choice, I would never use this program again. I use a different program at another college where I work, and I can say without any reservation that Blackboard is garbage. I don't know how it's priced, but I'm sure it can't be worth whatever the administrators are saving. Truly horrid, and now that most of our work is going to be online for awhile, teachers just can't afford to be hamstrung by this abysmal program any longer. Oh, and Safe Assign is a joke. I've caught ten times more plagiarism using common sense than that thing has ever spotted. It misses almost ALL of the plagiarism I have found from my students. Ridiculously bad.

Pros
There is nothing this software does that other software doesn't do better. I like that it allows for the creation of rubrics, as all programs of this sort do. Really can't seen anything about this that is better or even as good as other programs

Cons
Whole passages of feedback will suddenly disappear if you move the mouse into the wrong area or scroll a bit while you are typing comments on the essay. This is a persistent problem that everyone in our school has verified. In order to use one editing tool (a highlighter), the program locks out the other editing tool (the comment field), unless you refresh the screen, which then erases any comments not held in place by a highlight. I could go on and on and on, but I'm afraid I'd have to type it all over again if this review field is made by the same people who made Blackboard's essay editor.

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Likelihood to recommend: 0/10

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Anonymous

Blackboard

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-04-06
Review Source: Capterra

This is our LMS system and we are in general very happy with it.

Pros
I have found it easy to use and easy to get used to. I like the value that it brings to the educational experience.

Cons
It's not the most modern product. That being said all the tools exist once you get used to it and find them.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Kenatu B.

Hammer To Swat a Fly

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-12-16
Review Source: Software Advice

Blackboard is a classic case of good product upgrading too much until you lose what made it great. It has a lot of value added features, so much so that you can no longer find the simple things. They should also focus on getting the bugs out of what is really needed and not focus so much on adding more. Keep it simple, stupid KISS. over all a pretty decent LMS but there are better for less.

Pros
Feature Rich - lots of value added functionality Love that there are break out rooms for each session Clickable rubrics - awesome Cons 345/100 characters minimum

Cons
Grading system is too granular. if you use this it makes it too easy for a few bad assignments to tank students grades and gives the instructor more work. What do you have against independent content. I create videos using Camtasia and Movavi, but its often a fight get them placed where I'd like or even to get them to run in the first place.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Krishna K.

Modern Educational tool

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-07-16
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
This is one of the modern educational tool and it has a ultra course view and also offers a wide range of educational videos.

Cons
To get a great experience the cloud based SaaS configuration is required and also the software is little expensive.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Laura B.

Not user friendly enough to be efficient.

Used monthly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2016-10-06
Review Source: Software Advice

We have the Lite version of Blackboard LMS and even with on site training for our teachers the product is not user friendly enough for our teachers to use it. The usage percent of the LMS portion of Blackboard in our K-12 school district is 0% and we would no longer have this portion of it if it had not been housed under our web hosting services for a priced bundle. The Lite version of the LMS is hosted under the website so the functionality of using it is quite convoluted and confusing for both our Teachers and Students. The Full version of Blackboard Learn is supposed to be much more user friendly but unfortunately for a K-12 school district with approximately 500 students is not cost efficient. However, since we have started looking at additional LMS's within the last two years, Blackboard is the only LMS that provides the full extent of what WE are requiring as an LMS for our school. We require that any LMS that we purchase will have the ability to integrate seamlessly with our SIS (Infinite Campus) and offer a CMS for our teachers to be able to house not only their content but have access to thousands of other teachers content (that the other teachers are willing to share). Our administration requires that we can use the LMS as a way to connect with the community and parents of our students via a system messenger/phone/text product (Blackboard Connect) and an app (ParentLink) that anyone in the community can download for constant up to date school information (which Blackboard offers). It also needs to be compatible with GAFE & cost attainable for our school. We have spoken with many LMS vendors and have yet to find any product that is capable of offering exactly what we need for our school, that our school could actually afford. Blackboard is the only LMS that we have found that offers all of the products and has all of the integration that we as a school district need.

Pros
All of the products and integration that our school needs with an LMS.

Cons
The lite version is not user friendly and thus is not useable.

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Likelihood to recommend: 2/10

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Arun K.

Blackboard is a perfect higher ed tool

Used monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-09-12
Review Source: Capterra

teaching a large class is easy with blackboard as it helps keep track of everyone

Pros
It is comprehensive and efficient for higher educational goals. It has the right features for teaching courses

Cons
If a school doesnt have many students this may not work well as this is expensive to own and operate

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Al D.

Blackboard allows me to provide a compelling space for teaching and to inspire learning.

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-13
Review Source: Software Advice

There is little question about the advantages of Blackboard over other lms; however, the cost for using it year after year is a problem that bears consideration prospectively.

Pros
I like its many features, from the journal to the discussion board and the integrated gradebook. The discussion board is especially useful, as it can be manipulated to affect teaching strategy and learning outcomes. The gradebook is helpful because its weighting help students to understand where they are at all times in the course.

Cons
I do not like that, on occasion, copy and paste are difficult. I am not always happy with the ease of prioritizing items listed in certain aspects of the course.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Deb T.

Blackboard Learn is just OK

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-10-09
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
Blackboard learn integrates really well with the existing Blackboard software. This would be the reason I would take a look at this.

Cons
This product along with many other Blackboard products are very expensive not only to purchase but to run on a day to day basis.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Assaf Y.

A rigid platform for online training

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-08-31
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
This platform offers content modules, internal communication tools, evaluation tools, monitoring tools and learning management for online mode

Cons
Usually when there are many users interacting on the same page, there are usually speed problems or the platform is blocked. High cost of the license.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Daniel D.

Blackboard is a very simple program to use to communicate and learn from teachers

Used monthly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-06-03
Review Source: Capterra

Overall it is a good platform to use to learn from your teachers and to receive many documents to help you learn and to upload your assignments to be graded from.

Pros
It is a great program to use to contact your teacher and students online. You are able to access announcements your teacher has posted and are able to receive assignment and notes from them with easy access. There are a lot of tools to use in this program. There is also the Best Practice part of the website to use to help you practice the tools to make it easy to use.

Cons
Submission is sometimes a bit confusing to use when you want to upload a certain file. It is a expensive product to use when you want to learn with ease. It also requires a lot of steps to learn something and there are sometimes bugs in the program.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Andy R.

A Tugboat Amongst Speedboats

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2016-12-14
Review Source: Capterra

The Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) for Business has the pedigree of a well-established education company behind it but, much like its Education-based software, lacks many of the bells and whistles of its competitors. Unlike its competitors, it lacks a modern interface and is largely unintuitive, if not overly complex to use. While it lacks in overall usability, it does has a number of useful tools, as well as a number of third-party extensions developed through strategic partnerships. Another strength is interoperability, making it easy to integrate with CRM management tools such as Salesforce. There are a number of other providers out there, including some that are free, that may meet the needs of those looking for entry level, non-enterprise software. I'd recommend dipping your toes in the water with one of them prior to making an investment in Blackboard to see if they better meet your needs. With a somewhat hefty price tag, it may be better than making the long term investment!

Pros
Interoperability, software extensions, and ability to build and scale coursework.

Cons
The software is somewhat unintuitive, with a cumbersome and clunky interface. The user interface and user experience is in dire need of a facelift.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Anonymous

Well established platform

Reviewed 2016-02-23
Review Source: GetApp

I am consulting for two institutions - the one a large higher education institution - 45 000+ Blackboard users - self hosted and the other - smaller business school - 1000+ Blackboard users - hosted. I present training and support to the faculty on how to use the LMS. Although one can discover a lot for yourself using the Blackboard help site, there are a few tips and tricks that make life a lot easier which is not always that intuitive. Problems that we are trying to solve: changing the faculty's teaching philosophy from traditional lecture based teaching to a more active learning environment. Blackboard certainly address that well - as long as you plan your activities properly, you can get excellent feedback for example let the students read or view a video on a specific concept and then let them write a pre-test before they come to the lecture. This will help you to identify where the gaps still exist which you can address then in class. Also using a flipped class room approach - Blackboard can be used to assist you in flipping your class room where you can also monitor and track which of your students engaged beforehand. I have been using WebCT and then Blackboard.

Pros
Everything is in one space - lots of tools - the sky is really the limit. I also like the Best Practice parts of the help site - it helps you to get ideas of how you can use the tools.

Cons
In terms of support from Blackboard, sometimes the person who receives the inquiry do not read properly or English is a second language because we often have to explain again and again before they understand - that is the only frustration I currently have with the support. It is unfortunately a very expensive product since the institutions are not based in the USA and therefore we are subjected to the exchange rate.

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Felix F.

Ideal for schools and university institutes, but it is not the best for online training companies, it is very rigid it seems that you were on a university campus.

Used occasionally for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-05-09
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
It has so many features that new users would never discover for themselves, it takes time to adapt to them. It's not especially easy to use, and it's completely poor on mobile devices. for creators of content is a great tool, because it is almost impossible to get lost when designing and building an educational material, it is so intuitive that a long specific personal training is not necessary.

Cons
In intensive or massive uses it is very slow .. the interface for the instructor is not particularly attractive, lUI / UIX is complicated, you have to navigate a lot to reach the desired destinations ... the multilanguage support is very poor, if you do not know speak English, you're dead ... It's a very expensive product .. It has many useless and redundant features that until now I have not found use ..

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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