Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn

For Students, Faculty, Staff

Blackboard Ultra

Beginning Spring 2023, all courses will be on Blackboard Ultra by default. Blackboard Classic will no longer remain an option (although you may still access your old courses while they remain on the system).

We have created short videos for faculty on Ultra basics.  Note, you will need to sign in with your Fordham credentials to access these videos:

For additional information about how to use Blackboard Ultra, please view the resources on this page, on the Blackboard for Faculty page, or visit our Blackboard Ultra resource site

For an archive of Blackboard Classic resources you may visit our Bb Classic Resources page.  


Blackboard Learn is Fordham University's learning management system, which can be accessed at any time from any computer with an Internet connection. Faculty and students in on- and off-campus courses use this application as a repository for course material and information.

Instructors can manage all course materials online, making them immediately accessible to students. All members of a course can use Blackboard Learn for online discussions, to collaborate on projects, share files, send emails, and much more.

Login to Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn can be accessed in the portal.  Select 'Log in to the Portal' at the top, and authenticate with your Fordham credentials.  Once logged in, select the Blackboard app from the first row of apps on the page.  Or go directly to Fordham's Blackboard portal.

Blackboard Learn can also be accessed by app.  Download the Blackboard Learn app for your iPhone or Android.

Getting Started

  1. When Banner lists you as a course instructor, Blackboard automatically creates a course. If you don't see a course on your list of courses in Blackboard, contact your department secretary to update the record in Banner.
  2. Course shells appear on Blackboard at least one week before the start of the new semester.
  3. Banner automatically adds registered students to Blackboard courses. Students who drop a course will not be unenrolled but listed as unavailable.  
  4. For students to access course content, you must make your course available in Blackboard.
  5. For the best online experience with Blackboard, make sure your browser is up to date. The Blackboard Browser Checker will check to see if your browser supports the most recent release of the system.
  6. Use Blackboard Ally to review course content for accessibility and offers conversion options and instructions.

Google Assignment Tool

Google Assignment integrates with your Blackboard courses. Use it to make Google Docs and Drive compatible with Blackboard and manage assignments with Google Workspace tools. To use, navigate to a content area within your Blackboard course and under tools select the "Google Assignments".

Required Browsers and Plugins

Blackboard works best when your browser is up to date and you have the proper plug-ins installed on your computer. Consult Blackboard Support for updated information.

  • Minimum

    Operating System: Windows 10, version 1809 or higher, Mac OSX 10.13 or higher
    Processor: 1 GHz processor
    Memory: 512 MB of RAM
    Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 768
    Free Hard Disk Space: 5 GB of free disk space
    Internet Connection: Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps.
    Internet Browser: Respondus Lockdown Browser and IE11, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome or Firefox


    Operating System: Windows 10 version 2004, Mac OS 10.15
    Processor: 2 GHz or faster processor
    Memory: 2 GB of RAM or higher
    Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher
    Free Hard Disk Space: 20 GB or higher of free space
    Internet Connection: Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a speed of 4 Mbps or higher
    Internet Browser: Respondus Lockdown Browser and Firefox


Faculty Technology Services offers regular group and one-on-one training sessions. Check the IT Events Calendar for current offerings.


Stop by a Faculty Technology Center on your campus or email us at [email protected].

Give Blackboard feedback or suggest features

Looking to give your feedback to Blackboard or want to suggest features?   Create an account on the Anthology Community site (Anthology is the new owner of Blackboard). Once you have signed in, from the top menu select "Product Engagement" and then choose the "Idea Exchange." 

About the Idea Exchange:
The Idea Exchange is specifically a place for Blackboard to track and manage enhancement requests to the product. It allows for things like upvoting ideas and sharing development plans and statuses.

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