Blackboard (release 9.1 SP8) is St. Thomas' Learning Management System (LMS). How each faculty member chooses to use Blackboard is up to the individual and the particular course. Faculty use Blackboard so that students can:
Access handouts, assignments, slide presentations, and multimedia class materials on the web at a single location
Engage in web-based learning activities, extending the classroom's boundaries
Easily link to external Web sites
Use the asynchronous discussion board to engage in discussion, prepare for a rigorous discussion in the classroom and to carry on the discussion after class
Work collaboratively and independently in small groups using the virtual group space area
Every class at St. Thomas has Blackboard class site automatically created and all enrolled student accounts are automatically brought in to the class sites.
Blackboard relies on our student record system (Banner) and on our authentication system. This means that if the class is not entered or a student is not enrolled in the student information system (Banner), then the Blackboard resources for that class will not be available for students or faculty. Additionally, if students or new faculty do not use their UST username and password they will be unable to log in to Blackboard.
Accessing Blackboard from a Mobile Device
As part of UST's Blackboard license, we receive a free "building block" that allows the following mobile devices to access and interact with UST's Blackboard system through a downloadable app. Below are direct links to the various mobile apps.
Blackboard Pre-Production Courses
A Blackboard course site can be requested for testing and pre-production purposes. Students are not automatically enrolled in these sites. Request a Pre-Production site.
Blackboard Community Sites
Blackboard Communities, also called "organizations" are intended for use by formal and informal organizations within the university for information sharing, collaboration and communication. Request a Community site.
Blackboard Guest Accounts
Guest accounts can be requested for individuals who do not have a UST username and password. Guest accounts must be manually enrolled into courses and community sites. Request a Guest Account.