Improving Every Aspect of the Education Experience

the technology and expertise to help you and your students succeed

Blackboard technology helps you make learning more effective in and beyond the traditional walls by:

  • Breathing life into educational content

  • Bringing efficiency to day-to-day tasks

  • Empowering instructors with tools to engage every learner

  • Motivating them on the devices they rely on

  • Promoting collaboration and streamlining processes.

An LMS should make teaching and learning easier, not more complicated. Blackboard™ is your foundation for a rich education experience, delivering the technology, services and support you expect in a learning management system.

Blackboard enhances basic teaching tasks like grading and creating assessments. And with an intuitive design, this is one LMS that will save you time in and out of the classroom.


    Blackboard is an online application that provides students and instructors a set of tools to post class materials online and easily communicate with each other. Students can access the TCC Blackboard website from anywhere they have Internet access.


Blackboard Announcements

Blackboard may experience regular maintenance outages between midnight and 4:00 a.m. on Thursday mornings. For more information, including additional dates and times for Blackboard unavailability, see Blackboard Announcements.


What's New in Blackboard?

Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 12 and 13

  • Date Management

    Use the Date Management tool to easily adjust all content and tool dates in your course. Accessed on the Control Panel > Tools you can choose to adjust dates automatically or individually from one convenient location. 

    To learn more, click here.


  • Test Access Log

    A source of frustration for students, instructors, and test proctors is the inability to confirm whether students began a test or ran into problems during a test. Teachers and proctors have no way to verify student activity or lack of activity during a test. Students have no way to prove that they did begin a test and when. If students reported problems occurring during a test, they were either given the benefit of the doubt and the test was reset, or they were penalized for circumstances beyond their control.
    SP 13 addresses this issue by providing detailed information on student test attempt interactions. Instructors and other users who are granted permission, can view the Access Log for a test from the Attempts page of the test.

    To learn more, click here.


  • Test and Survey Options

    Test and survey options allow instructors to edit the name and description of a test or survey. Options control the availability, presentation, and feedback. These options are available only after a test or survey is added to a content area. When instructors add a test or survey to a content area, it is "deployed."
    To edit options for a deployed test or survey, access a test or survey's contextual menu and select Edit the Test Options or Edit the Survey Options.

    To learn more, click here.


  • Group Management

    The Groups Management Building Block provides the ability to:

    - Easily see which students are in which groups, including which students are not in any groups.
    - Easily see and modify group memberships. Avatars are now available to distinguish among users.
    - Choose and manage membership for groups sets with an improved workflow.
    - Import and export groups and group memberships.
    - Sort columns, perform bulk actions for deleting groups, and create Grade Center smart views for one or more groups on the All Groups page.
    - Optionally, manage tool availability for all groups on the All Groups page.

    To learn more, click here.


  • Achievements

    The achievements tool allows instructors 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 of Blackboard Learn. You can easily see which students have reached learning milestones.

    To learn more, click here.


  • 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. 

    To learn more, click here.


For more What’s New in Blackboard SP12 and SP13, click here.

Note: Not all features that Blackboard offers are available on VCCS’s Blackboard Learn system, such as xpLor.


Blackboard Training, Support, and Resources for Faculty


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Blackboard provides a series of instructional videos and a few text files that serve as solid launch pads into the LMS (Learning Management System) and as a refresher course for items used infrequently. Visit Blackboard Training Videos for more information.