Blackboard Learn, or Blackboard, is the Learning Management System Central Piedmont uses to deliver courses online.

Blackboard can be a primary tool for teaching remotelyAccess Blackboard at

Students, learn how to get started with Blackboard, including how to take tests that require you to use Respondus.

Recent Updates and Features

Information Technology Services (ITS) currently uses Blackboard Learn version 9.1 Q4 2019. Review the latest Blackboard Learn version features and release notes.

    How to Use Blackboard


    • Give Extended Time

      Some students may require additional time for taking quizzes, tests, and/or assignments. If a student requires extended time as an accommodation, Blackboard allows you to extend time for individual students without extending time for the whole class.

    • Disability Services

      For more information on providing accommodations for your students and for ensuring your course materials meet accessibility requirements, visit Central Piedmont’s Disability Services.

    Check That Your Blackboard Course Content Meets Accessibility Guidelines

    Use the Blackboard Ally tool in your Blackboard course(s) to check if your course content meets accessibility standards. Ally will not fix all your accessibility issues, but is simply one more tool in your ADA compliance toolbox that you can use to improve the overall accessibility of your course.

    • Finding Blackboard Ally in Your Course

      Ally should already be enabled on your course; you do not need to turn it on. If you feel that your course does not have Ally, please contact the Help Desk with the course name. You can find the course name in the Content Collection section under the Course Management Menu.

      file name found under Content Collection in Blackboard

    • What Ally Checks For

      Review the Blackboard Ally accessibility checklist.

      Ally does not check the compliance of content built using the Blackboard text editor, but this is a planned future feature.

      Ally does not check the accessibility of web pages linked from course shells.

    • Understanding Ally Scores

      When using Ally, content items that have been added to assignments or other coursework will have a meter. (Content items must be uploaded to Blackboard in order to be scored.)

      icon for content items that have been added to assignments or other coursework in Blackboard Ally

      Navigate to the meter to reveal a link. This takes you to a page that scores the document for accessibility.

      explanation of Blackboard Ally accessibility meter/score

      Clicking on the “What this means” and “How to add headings” buttons will reveal further information.

      Blackboard Ally accessibility meter icon key

      No decisions have been made yet on if all documents need to have a certain score. An analysis is still being done on how Ally determines scores.

      If Ally shows you different results from the ADA Bootcamps, it is very possible that the principles whereby Ally checks the accessibility of your content are different from what you learned at the ADA Bootcamps. Ally is an automated tool that checks your course content. Use the information you get from Ally as a supplemental resource that helps the overall accessibility of your course.

    • Fixing Issues

      First, when you click the "meter" and get the 0% score, there is a button for "How to fix this." The next page suggests re-saving the document under a new name and re-uploading it. You should download the file, re-save it to a different directory without renaming, re-uploaded it from there, and notice the new score. The new save is crucial. If you download it and then re-upload it again from the download folder, it will still fail. You can also save it with .docx instead of .doc and you can get a higher score, probably because the newer file format has more compliance features.

    • Training and Support

      Blackboard Ally training is still being developed.

      Review the Blackboard Ally help for instructors page and contact the ITS Help Desk for help.

    Blackboard Community

    Blackboard Community is a feature of Blackboard that allows you to use a Blackboard shell for non-course purposes. These shells are called "organizations," and they function just like shells used for courses — the Blackboard shell for an organization has identical functionality as the shell used to teach courses. It is not currently possible to migrate content from an existing shell to a new organization shell.

    System Requirements

    • Minimum System Requirements

      • PC Processor: 1.3 GHz or higher
      • Mac Processor: G4 667 MHz or higher
      • System Memory (RAM): 256MB or higher
      • Windows Operating System: Windows 2000 with SP4, Windows XP with SP2
      • Apple Operating System: OS X 10 or later
      • Display: 800x600 or higher SVGA recommended, 16 bit color or higher
      • Video Memory: 32MB of video RAM or higher
      • Internet access: dial-up 56k or higher (broadband recommended - DSL/Cable/LAN)
      • Sound: 16-bit sound card or higher
      • Optical Drive: 40x or above CD-ROM
      • Browser: MS Internet Explorer 7 (recommended), Firefox 1.5+
    • Optimal System Requirements

      • PC Processor:  2.0 GHz or higher, or any Intel Core Duo, or any AMD Dual Core
      • Mac Processor: G4 1.5 GHz or higher, or any G5
      • System Memory (RAM): 512MB or higher (1 GB or higher with Windows Vista)
      • Windows Operating System: Windows 2000 with SP4, Windows XP with SP2
      • Apple OS: OS X 10 or later
      • Display: 1024x768 or higher SVGA recommended, 32 bit color
      • Video Memory: 64MB of video RAM or higher
      • Internet access: broadband recommended (DSL/Cable/LAN)
      • Sound: 16-bit sound card or higher
      • Optical Drive: 8x DVD/CD-Rom
      • Browser: MSIE 6+, Firefox 2+
    • For All Systems

      • Keyboard
      • Mouse/Trackball
      • Speakers/Headset
      • Central Piedmont email account
    • Additional Equipment

      • Microphone
      • Scanner
      • Flash drive for file storage and transfer