Blackboard Learn

What Is It?

Blackboard Learn is the centrally-supported learning management system used by faculty and students at UIC.

  • Instructors will see their Blackboard course sites 90 days prior to the start of every semester. Blackboard course sites are created for most CRN-related courses, as reflected in the course catalog.
  • Students will be added to course sites two weeks before the start of the semester. Blackboard course sites are made unavailable to students by default, and instructors determine when to make their courses available to their students.

Other Service Names

Blackboard Ultra, Learning Management System

Where Can I Get It?

Select the type of request needed from the buttons located on this page.

How Do I Use It?

Learn how to use Blackboard by visiting the Blackboard page on the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE) website.

How Can I Find Out More?

Technology Solutions welcomes any questions you have about this service. Please reach out to us.

Service Levels

Incident Resolution Time Under 2 business days unless escalation to the vendor is required
Service Availability
Maintenance Window(s) Weekly maintenance window: Friday, 1:00am - 5:00am
Service Notification Channel(s) IT Service Notices and Blackboard Landing Page:
Access Blackboard Learn Request Course Copy Request Course Site Template Request Course Site Merge Request Course Storage Consultation Request Ongoing Site Request Restoration of Archived Course Site Request LTI Integration

Related Articles (229)

A total column can be added by going to the grade center, clicking Create Calculated Column, and selecting Total Column.
It takes 24 hours for student courses to reflect in Blackboard.
NO, guests will not be able to view or participate in the discussion boards.
To create an Archive or an Export file:
To copy content from a course site you must be listed as instructor of both courses.
You can add text using the content editor
A “beta” release of a new Chromebook extension for LockDown Browser is currently available for exams delivered in Blackboard Learn (Original view). This version of the LockDown Browser Chromebook extension also supports Respondus Monitor. During the beta period, instructors will need to allow the use of LockDown Browser for Chromebook on a per exam basis.
A faculty member needs to add a course menu item to the course in order for students to see the content.
Grading periods can be created by going to the grade center, clicking Manage, and then clicking Grading Periods.
Grading schemas can be made by going to the grade center, clicking Manage, and then clicking Grading Schemas
No, instructors do not need a different link in Blackboard for each exam or assignment to be graded in Gradescope.
Echo360 video are not published in Blackboard by default.
We only provide faculty and staff support. Media conversion is strictly for academic use.
Announcements are not visible to students as long as the course is not open to them (a course, even when not open, is visible in student course list).
Students are enrolled into a CRN course site automatically.


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Service Offerings (8)

Blackboard Learn Access
Access Blackboard, UIC's learning management system for course-related activities and grade reporting.
Blackboard Course Site Copy
Request to copy Blackboard content from one course site to another.
Blackboard Course Site Template
Request a template to help you start your Blackboard course with built-in best practices in instructional design.
Blackboard Merge Course Sites
Multiple course sites can be merged into a single Blackboard course.
Blackboard Course Quota Increase
Each course site in Blackboard is restricted to a size limit of 2 GB for course materials to properly manage storage resources and ensure adequate system performance. If more storage space is needed, the quota can be increased in 1 GB increments by meeting with an Instructional Designer.
Blackboard Ongoing Sites
Ongoing Blackboard work sites are not attached to a Course Reference Number.
Blackboard Archived Course Site Restoration
Request the restoration of a Blackboard course that is more than 3 years old.
Blackboard LTI Integrations
Integrations allow a seamless connection between a web-based tool that is outside of the learning platform and the learning platform (Blackboard Learn) itself.