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Introduction to Building Blocks

NOTE: For new development, Blackboard recommends building REST and LTI integrations and NOT Building Blocks(B2s). B2s do not work within the Ultra Course UI; REST and LTI works for all Learn deployment and UI options. Use the Developer AMI listed under DVBA for your Blackboard Learn server.

Blackboard Building Blocks, one of several components 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.