Extending Blackboard Learn
It is possible to expand the functionality of Blackboard Learn and integrate other systems by using the Building blocks and Learning tools interoperability (LTI) specification.
There are two ways in which we can extend Blackboard Learn:
- using existing building block or integrations (see procedure below);
- developing our own building blocks or integrations.
If you wish to develop functionality that is not currently available as a building block, you should contact the E-learning Services team to discuss it.
Request an extension
Current status of building blocks and integrations
This section lists the building blocks and integrations that are currently available or have been requested.
|BB mobile||Enables mobile access to Blackboard via the Mobile Learn app.||Building block||Core||Installed|
|Equella||Provides integration with Equella.||Building block||Core||Removed - product decommissioned|
|Online attendance||Provides the ability to record attendance.||Building block||Desirable||Rejected (not compatible with custom roles).|
|Piazza||Provides integration with the Piazza Q&A tool.||LTI integration||Desirable||Installed|
|Starfish||Provides integration with the Starfish tutor system (pilot).||Building block||Core||Installed|
|Turnitin||Provides integration with Turnitin.||Building block||Core||Installed|
|VitalSource||Provides integration with VitalSource platform for Library/FoE pilot.||Building block||Desirable||Installed|
|WebPA||Provides integration with WebPa.||LTI integration||Core||Installed|
|Reading list||Provides integration with the Leganto reading list tool.||LTI integration||Core||Installed|
|Maple TA||Provides integration with Maple TA.||Building block||Core||Installed|
|Möbius||Provides integration with the Möbius pilot.||LTI integration||Desirable||Requested (April 2016)|