Building Blocks are used for extending the integrated services of Blackboard Learn. Read more about Building Blocks from Blackboard's web site.
The following Building Blocks are running in the Blackboard Learn PRODUCTION environment:
|Flickr||Allows for photo sharing.||ACTIVE|
The AutoSignon Building Block allows an institution to implement a Single Sign-on (SSO) solution on the Blackboard Learn Platform.
|Basic LTI||Basic LTI is a Building Block that can be configured for multiple external tools utilizing the IMS Global Standards|
|The only tool configured and approved for Basic LTI is SmartThinking which is used by .||ACTIVE|
|Basic LTI tools||Basic LTI tools is a Building Block available from OCELOT that enhances the Basic LTI functionality beyond the Blackboard Basic LTI. This block allows tools to be configured as a Tool in Bb Learn rather than simply approving a URL Weblink. http://projects.oscelot.org/gf/project/bb-basiclti/||WIT||This is a freely available Block that is used to configure Wentworth's VoiceThread. It will also be used for Echo 360 integration.||ACTIVE|
Web conferencing solution.
UML, UMA, UMD, UMB, UMW, , WSU,
Building Block is free but requires a separate license and contract for Blackboard Collaborate.
Application for viewing Blackboard courses on the go.
Building Block is free but requires a separate license and contract for Blackboard Mobile.
bbStats tracks concurrent sessions on the system at the database level for all application servers. It provides user reports by activity levels. Settings allow for selecting the date range for graphs, limiting access. The interface is compatible with mobile devices like the iPhone. Overall CPU and Memory resource graphs are in planning to provide usage context. Get the mobile app client for Android and iPhone in the app stores.
|Cengage||SSO to Content||Available to all campuses.||UMassOnline||ACTIVE|
|iClicker/WebClicker||web>clicker is a mobile classroom response system that allows students to use their laptop or smartphone to vote in class alongside students using i>clicker remotes. There are some things to think about when you consider web>clicker.||3rd party||UMA||ACTIVE||BBLEARN-752|
Building Block is free but requires a separate license and contract.
UMB owns the current contract and has been deployed to the Boston institution only.
It is not yet possible to configure McGraw-Hill Campus specific accounts separately on Bb Learn.
Provides content via McGraw publishing
Available to all campuses.
Aggregate user's incoming messages into a single module.
Available to all campuses.
|No contract required||ACTIVE|
On-demand access to multimedia content.
Building Block is free but requires a separate license and contract for NBC Learn.
|Pearson’s MyLab/Mastering||SSO access to Pearson content.||Available to all campuses.||UMassOnline|
SafeAssign is a plagiarism prevention service.
Available to all campuses.
Using a TurningPoint audience response system, your PowerPoint presentations become powerful data collection and assessment tools.
This Building Block is tied to each response system used and not to a specific campus or devise.
Student Registration: http://screencast.com/t/sqnPnD5WD
From Bb Learn into your presentation or information from presentation into your course . http://screencast.com/t/vYWSMSrxNsKm
Turnitin is the leading academic plagiarism detector, utilized by teachers and students to avoid plagiarism and ensure academic integrity.
Due to limitations of the Building Block/Application, only one campus license can be used for the Blackboard Learn installation. This Building Block has been installed and configured and turned off for all campuses except until licensing can be resolved.
|Virtual Text Box Editor (VTBE)||Robust HTML editor||System wide||UMassOnline||UMOL participated in early release program. The VTBE was tested and passed internal testing and has been rolled out to the Production system.||ACTIVE|
|WileyPlusSSO||access to digital content.||Available to all campuses||UMassOnline||ACTIVE|
Wimba Classroom is a live, virtual classroom environment with robust features that includes audio, video, application sharing and content display.
UMA, UMB, UMD, UML, UMW,
Blackboard Collaborate Voice
Bb Collaborate Voice is a web-based voice solution that facilitates and promotes vocal instruction, collaboration, coaching, and assessment.
|Browser Check||The Browser check Building Block simply adds a module to Bb Learn that campuses/users can add to their module pages that users can then use to validate their browsers.||UMD||ACTIVE||BBLEARN-2545|
A custom browser that locks down the testing environment in Blackboard Learn.
Building Block is free but requires a separate license and contract for Respondus LockDown Browser.
Integrated personal capture software
UMA (4), UMW (3), UMD, WIT
Building Block is free but requires a separate license and contract for Echo360.
|SmartThinking||Smarthinking is the leader in live, on-demand online tutoring.||3rd Party||Lea Bien-Aime|
Online training materials.
UMB, UMD, ,
Under Evaluation in Test.
The following Building Blocks are being reviewed from a functionality perspective and are installed in the UMOL testing environment:
|Add Test Student|
This building block was developed to duplicate the "Demo Student" functionality in Blackboard Campus Edition 8.
It allows instructors in a course to do the following without involving the central Blackboard Administrators:
|3rd Party - U. Saskatchewan||UMA, UML, UMW, WSU, , UMD, WIT|
|Inline Grading||Instructors can view student-submitted files “inline,” meaning in the web browser, without requiring any plug-ins, applets, or client-side applications. Additionally, annotations tools are available as part of the inline viewer, enabling Instructors to provide feedback – comments, highlights, and even drawing/annotation – directly on the inline view of the document.||Bb B2 that changes functionality.||TESTING|
Installed in test along with dependent B2s and made available.
|Partner Cloud||The Partner Cloud building block offers a unified registration and activation process for content partner integrations. It provides users access to the full content inventory available through the Partner Cloud.||Bb B2||TESTING|
Installed in test and made available
|xpLor is a cloud-based learning object repository (LOR) that is designed to work with multiple Learning Management Systems (LMS). It is built on open standards and allows for the creation, discovery, and sharing of rich learning objects. A learning object is a resource, usually digital and web-based, that can be used and re-used to support learning. It might be a webpage, file, simulation, video, podcast, audio file, assessment, etc.||Bb B2||TESTING|
Installed and available in test.
|Financial Aid Reporting||The Financial Aid Reporting Building Block enables users to create Single and Multi- Course User Participation reports that provide data required for the reporting of student academic contribution in compliance with Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) rules established by the U.S. Department of Education.||Bb B2||TESTING|
Installed and available in test.
|Achievements||The Achievements tool allows instructors and course designers to designate criteria for issuing rewards to students in the form of both Badges and Certificates. Students can see which rewards they’ve earned and what is required of them to receive additional rewards, providing insight into learning progression toward defined competencies. Students are able to publish badges to the Mozilla Open Backpack, transporting evidence of their learning outside the LMS. Instructors can easily see which students have reached learning milestones.||Bb B2|
|Student View||The Student View building block allows instructors and leaders in Blackboard Learn course and organization sites, to experience their sites as students. This allows them to take tests as a student, submit an assignment as a student, see exactly which links are available, see the student view of grades, and more. This is much more accurate than turning off Edit Mode.||Oscelot||TESTING|
Installed in test.
|Blackboard Collaborate Instant Messager||Blackboard Collaborate™ enterprise instant messaging capabilities (formerly Wimba Pronto) allow your academic institution to create a learning network to support office hours, school services, meetings and desktop video conferencing—all initiated through presence and instant messaging.||Native||WSU||TESTING|
Building Block is free but requires a separate license and contract for Blackboard Collaborate Instant Messager.
The following Building Blocks are being reviewed from a licensing, pricing and/or technology perspective:
A relatively complete list of available Building Blocks for Learn 9.X can be found on the Blackboard site here: Building Blocks
Mass notification service.
Building Block is free but requires a separate license and contract for Blackboard Connect.
Blackboard Link Checker
This tool enables quick validation of web links within the “external links” area of a course.
|Blackboard Instant Messenger|
Learn 9.1 SP9 offers the ability for active users to receive notifications via text messages and text‐to-voice phone calls.
EvaluationKIT has developed robust integration options to plug-in our course evaluation system directly into Blackboard platforms. Linked on Course Evaluation Page
Please put on hold until we see evaluation capabilities of 9.1 SP10
|EZ-Proxy||The EZproxy/Blackboard Building Block allows users of EZproxy and enterprise versions of Blackboard 8.0 and later to perform seamless user authentication and authorization for our Library||3rd party||In use currently for our students to conduct research - we would like to intergrate with Bb to reduce student confusion.||BBLEARN-405|
A great shortcut for embedding Screencast.com Jing recordings. If you are not familiar with Jing, it's worth the time: screencast.com & techsmith.com/jing
|3rd party||UMA||, UMB|
The Kaltura Video Building Block opens up a new set of engaging teaching possibilities from integration of lecture capture and video materials to enabling video assignments and sharing of student and faculty contributed video content. It adds a layer of rich media functionality that works across the Blackboard Learn™ platform, so faculty and students can use media as easily.
Building Block is free but requires a separate license and contract for Kaltura.
|Merlot||Search MERLOT (www.merlot.org) and add content to your course.||Featured Partner||WIT|
|Paste from Word|
The Paste From Word Building Block provides an easy way to paste text from Microsoft® Word into the text editor without bringing Microsoft specific markup with it.
|TaskStream||TaskStream is an ePortfolio tool.||Native||UMB, UMD|
|Outcomes||Student feedback system||3rd Party||UMA||BBLEARN-438|
|Installs a module to Bb Learn that shows users currently on the system||3rd Party||UITS, UMOL|
While UMassOnline provides the integration support for Building Blocks, campuses are responsible for all testing of their integrated applications. To receive technical support for your Blackboard Learn Building Block, please create a JIRA ticket with UMassOnline Support.