Blackboard course Web sites are automatically built for every course, every semester, with input from the PeopleSoft Curriculum Management system, SCORE, the library's E-Reserves, the ID card office, and other University-wide digital systems, to provide comprehensive course-specific data in one convenient location. With Blackboard, the administrative burdens on faculty are dramatically reduced, since sites provide round-the-clock access to course materials, can be used to manage assignments and grades; support a broad range of information-exchange mechanisms; and facilitate student-student and student-faculty interaction. Over time, Blackboard course web sites become repositories of re-usable, re-purposable content.
Users of Blackboard can interact with the program using a Web-browser based interface or the mobile app. Blackboard is available 24/7 from anywhere there is an Internet connection (except occasionally between 5:00 and 7:00 AM, Tuesdays and Thursdays, when scheduled system backups and maintenance will be performed.)
Blackboard is software package written by a company called Blackboard, Inc. Princeton University purchases a license to use Blackboard. The program code runs from load-balanced, dedicated Solaris servers, while the database runs from dedicated Oracle servers. All servers are Princeton-owned and campus-based.
Blackboard at Princeton is managed by Dennis Hood. It is an offering of the Educational Technology Centers (ETC), which is a part of Academic Services within the Office of Information Technology (OIT).
Blackboard has its own dedicated helpline, (609) 258-0737, available during business days, 9:00 - 4:30. Questions may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see examples of courses others at Princeton have built, visit https://blackboard.princeton.edu. If you are not registered for a particular course, you can usually view the publically available portion of the course unless the course owners have elected to secure the site. Visitors without a Princeton netID can gain access by using the Guest login option.
Please note: Before posting copyrighted materials on your course web site, you should review the information contained in Princeton's Guidelines for Instructional Use of Copyrighted Electronic and Multimedia Materials.