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Introduction to Building Blocks

Author: Scott Hurrey
Categories: [‘Building Blocks’, ‘Tutorials’]
Tags: [‘building blocks’, ‘blackboard learn’, ‘developer’]


Blackboard Building Blocks, a key component of Blackboard Learn’s open architecture, allow you to enhance the online education experience for your students and faculty. You may assemble a solution of homegrown, commercial and open source software and tools using Blackboard Building Blocks that best meets your needs whether it is a discipline-specific tool, an integration to a homegrown application or other enterprise application, or seamless integration to a subscription database at your library.

Through Blackboard Building Blocks, developers can create sharable, re-usable web applications that can be deployed on Blackboard Learn. This open architecture ensures that you can:

Data that can be accessed includes:

Learn More

To learn more about creating Building Blocks, start here. To see examples of Building Blocks that have already been created, take a look at released building blocks on the Blackboard Learn extensions site which highlights Building Blocks produced by Blackboard Partners, or take a look at open source projects contributed by the Learn developer community at OSCELOT’s projects site.

Request a Developers License

All Blackboard Learn clients receive a Blackboard developers license at no cost. A developers license is a “small footprint” version of Blackboard with the Community and Content Management modules turned on. It can be run on a development server or even a virtual machine image for development purposes. If you require a developer network account visit Behind the Blackboard (as an administrator) or contact your sales representative.

Commercial Partnerships

If you are interested in becoming a Blackboard partner visit the Blackboard Partnerships™ program site. Partnering with Blackboard provides access to design guidance and support among other benefits.