Blackboard Learn Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Blackboard Learn Reviews

Blackboard Learn

Online learning, learning management system, lms, course management

3.71/5 (63 reviews)
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Blackboard Learn technology helps you make learning more effective in and beyond the traditional walls. Breathing life into educational content. Bringing efficiency to day-to-day tasks. Empowering instructors with tools to engage every learner. Motivating them on the devices they rely on. Promoting collaboration and streamlining processes.
You’ll have the right toolkit—one that is proven and constantly evolves to meet your needs. It will be flexible and easy to use—from managing content, engaging learners to assessing outcomes. And we’ll help you manage change and increase adoption.

For Educators:

Designed with you in mind, the enhanced Blackboard Learn sparks student interaction while easing the burden on your time and resources. It's a simpler, more powerful LMS.


Roll over dates from year to year
Streamline your workflow with consistent inline grading
Restrict test access with IP address filtering
Quickly view and manage course messages
Easily create and manage course groups
Experience the enhanced Blackboard Collaborate integration

For Students:

See your grades at any moment. Connect with teachers, classmates, and conversations going on in your courses. Focus on what's important.


Easily view and manage course messages
Get specific test access
Receive badges & certificates of achievement
Benefit from the test access log

For administrators:

Educators spark student interaction and engagement with less burden on time and resources. Students connect and collaborate the way they want. And administrators can actually see their institution evolve and excel through feedback collected within the LMS. When everyone else's life is easier, so is yours.


Roll over dates from year to year
Restrict test access with IP address filtering
Streamline workflow with consistent inline grading
Quickly view and manage course messages
Experience the enhanced Blackboard Collaborate integration

For Academic Leaders:

Make it easier for students to learn and engage. Help educators connect with their students. Ensure that not one test question is wasted. And collect information about student learning through tools that are integrated and included with your LMS.


Year-to-year content and date rollover
Experience the enhanced Blackboard Collaborate integration
Outcomes assessment updates
More granular goal alignment to rubrics
A global learning object repository: Blackboard xpLor
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Blackboard Learn Reviews (63)

Most positive review

 Well established platform

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 ...

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Reviewed 23rd of February, 2016 by Consultant

Most critical review

 a Long Term User's Honest Experience

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 ...

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Reviewed 23rd of March, 2016 by John Crisp

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Blackboard Learn Pricing

Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

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Key Features of Blackboard Learn

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

Blackboard Learn Screenshots (8)

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Specifications

Intended Users
Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Public Administrations, Small Business
Devices Supported
Android, iPhone-iPad, iPhone, iPad
Supported Countries
Asia, Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom, United States
Supported Languages
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Support Options
Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials

Alternatives to Blackboard Learn

Benefits

Managing multiple courses.

Blackboard has a series of tools to assist with course management, increasing instructor and system administrator efficiency. The process for the management of multiple courses has been centralized through a merge enrollments feature that supports two major use cases: Cross-Listed Courses and Multi-Section Management.

Drive online collaboration beyond the classroom

Organizations provide online collaboration space for campus groups, clubs, committees, special projects, and more. They can be used by your educators, students, and administration for any group collaboration needs.

Easily integrate your systems.

The Authentication Framework makes authentication configurations easier for system administrators and will ultimately save institutions time and money when integrating Blackboard Learn with different authentication providers.

New Design: Clean. Simple. Beautiful.

Check out the new Blackboard Learn ™ theme, available in SP8. Blackboard's design team has created the most intuitive, simple and beautiful design yet. Users will love the new look and, as a result, be more engaged with their Blackboard Learn environment than ever before!

Easily manage course enrollments

Keep learners and educators on top of everything with notification dashboards, now including course messages

Promote active collaboration around course content and group projects with Wikis, Blogs, Journals and more.

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Alyssa Conde

It's great!

14/03/2017

It's a great product! Finding all my grades were easily accessible.

Pros

Checking my grades were easy. I could easily communicate with my teachers. All my assignments were easy to find.

Cons

I felt like blackboard had a lot of updates that would take forever. The site would be shut down for a while.

Rating breakdown

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Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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Elin Rosenberg

I like it!

14/03/2017

I really liked it!

Pros

Blackboard is easy to use and I got really used to using it. It is easy to navigate around and check grades.

Cons

It doesn't have as many features as it could and it could have a more creative interface. Other than that I really liked it!

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Lauren Ayoub

Not too bad

14/03/2017

I've used both Blackboard and Canvas in an educational environment. While Canvas has obvious strengths with many features available, Blackboard's ease of use has made Blackboard an everlasting tool at our school.

Pros

The interface is straightforward and easy to use. I could easily contact my professors and vice-versa. This was especially helpful for older professors who do not like the flashy parts of Canvas.

Cons

While the interface is easy to use, it's a bit outdated. There are not as many features as competitors such as group skyping, etc.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Software Advice
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Chris Frasquuieri

REVIEW ON BLACKBOARD

14/03/2017

I believe that blackboard is a good system, but it could use some improvement.

Pros

Fairly Navigable and user friendly

Cons

The student view was good but the professor side was hard toe

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

4/10
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Kyle Craig

Decent

12/03/2017

Used it for 5 years of engineering school. For the most part it was sufficient, but there were always the occasional outages and odd issues. Sometimes things were difficult to find, or teachers refused to fully adopt the service.

Pros

Centralized location for academic needs.

Cons

No uniformity forced bewtween professors.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

4/10
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Michael Reffner

Outperforms the Competition

10/02/2017

Blackboard beats the competition - hands down. I've used this software for over 10 years. They constantly improve the software. It's very fluid. Grading is a breeze. As an instructor, I can locate assignments and post grades quick and easy. I can identify students who are struggling and are at risk of not completing the course. Blackboard keeps me in touch with my students. Likewise, it keeps my students in touch with me - and each other. There are so many options for creating assignments, allowing students to view content, or interact with each other. I love using Blackboard Learn.

Pros

Easy to navigate. Simple to use. Effective learning platform

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Stephen Grubbs

Just OK, I would pass it up

06/02/2017

Having used Blackboard extensively, I can say that it is an unnecessarily bloated software. It is replete with links and features that you don't want and will never need. That's not to say it's bad. It can do everything you need it to. It's just not very pretty while it's doing them. It's also prone to blackouts on a monthly-ish basis.

Pros

lots of options

Cons

bloated unnecessary fluff service goes down occasionally

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

4/10
Source: Capterra
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Kathleen Schiaffino

Blackboard in an Academic Setting

31/12/2016

I have been using Blackboard for about ten years to support classroom lectures. None of these classes have involved distance learning. I primarily use "Content" to post documents, "Discussions" to exchange information with students, in the "Tools" section I post announcements, send emails, and track tasks, and I use the "Grade Center" to update the students regarding their progress. Because this is in a university setting our IT department has been responsible for customer support and software purchases. Overall my experience with Blackboard has been very positive. However, my university regularly updates the software and it is often difficult to locate features when the version changes. Small differences in the interface can make finding a particular feature difficult.

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Josh D'Ambrosio

Good Software

30/12/2016

Learned about this software in a professional development course I was in and a fellow teacher showed me it. Very easy to use. lots of good features....

Pros

Offline mode.

Cons

Looks like it's from the early 2000's.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
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Likelihood to recommend

6/10
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Andy Ryff

A Tugboat Amongst Speedboats

14/12/2016

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10

Recommendations to others considering Blackboard Learn

Be sure to take a test drive prior to making an investment. Don't rely solely on a sales demo to answer the questions you may have.

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