Blackboard (release 9.1 SP8) is St. Thomas' Learning Management System (LMS). With Blackboard students can:
Access handouts, assignments, slide presentations, and multimedia class materials
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 a 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 (NetID, the same used for UST email). 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 Help for Students - watch tutorials on how to take an online exam, submit an assignment, check your grades and more!
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.