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Blackboard Overview

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. Blackboard also serves as a valuable pedagogical tool, being an effective system for presenting instructional materials, engaging students in collaboration, and assessing their learning.

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.

Princeton University creates some enhancements used in Blackboard, such as Photo Roster. We also integrate tools created by other entities.

Blackboard at Princeton is managed by Dennis Hood. It is an offering of Academic Systems Support and Training (ASST), which is a part of Academic Technology 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 blackboard@princeton.edu.

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 to a course web site, please review the information contained in Princeton's Guidelines for Instructional Use of Copyrighted Electronic and Multimedia Materials.