Introduction to SOAP Web Services

Author: Scott Hurrey
Categories: [‘SOAP Web Services’]
Tags: [‘web services’, ‘soap’, ‘blackboard learn’, ‘developer’]


Blackboard Learn Web Services are a key component of Blackboard Learn’s open architecture, allowing you to enhance the online education experience for their students and faculty through integration with external services and applications. You may assemble a solution of homegrown, commercial and open source software and tools using Learn Web Services that best meets your needs whether it is an integration to a homegrown application or other enterprise application, or seamless integration to a subscription database at your library.

Through Blackboard Learn Web Services developers can integrate with enterprise web applications such as Student Information Systems or custom middle-tier services. The Learn Web Services ensure that you can:

  • provision data to Learn from external systems and vice versa.
  • provide customizations to meet system integration and architecture needs
  • leverage this technology to enhance and aid administration of their systems on campus
  • automate procedures or repetitive tasks
  • integrate with external systems or applications across your learning enterprise for example the Registrar’s office, the Library to name just two
  • customize your implementation by integrating open source or locally-developed applications and tools

Data that can be accessed includes:

  • User data - name, course of study, contact information
  • Course data and Enrollment records
  • Outcomes - student quiz and test data, scores, grades, participation and activity data
  • Content - the ability to seamlessly integrate rich content from a variety of sources
  • System management - information to help administrators manage and monitor their Blackboard software installations

Learn More

To learn more about Learn Web Services, start here.

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.