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Blackboard supports third-party tools through Building Block (B2) and Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) integrations. These integrations allow single-sign on between third-party content or services or improve instructor/student efficiency by streamlining usage or synchronizing grades.

The following tools are available in UMBC’s Blackboard Learn environment as of FA2021. Click on the name of the tool to access UMBC FAQs or vendor support websites.


* If you are experiencing any trouble with an LTI tool, please check the list below to see if there's a known issue or review this FAQ for tips. If you need any kind of help with a specific publisher integration, please check the technical support directory

Building Block / ToolPurposeVendorStatus
Academic WriterSupports students who have questions about how to conduct research, structure their papers, and format what they write using APA Style.APAUp to date*
AcrobatiqSupports adaptive learning of specific course curriculum.AcrobatiqUp to date
AkindiBubble sheet test scoringAkindiUp to date
ALEKSSupports interactive homework & quizzes for science & math.CengageUp to date*
Bookshelf by VitalSourceSupports access to e-textbooks & course materials on computers & mobile devices (for the UMBC Course Materials Initiative).Blackboard Inc. & VitalSourceUp to date
Cengage Learning MindLinksIntegration for Mindtap, Aplia & CogLab course materials.Blackboard Inc. & CengageUp to date*
CourseArcSupports integration of interactive, web-based lessons. CourseArcUp to date*
eXploranceSupports end of semester course surveys.eXploranceUp to date*
FlipIt PhysicsSupports interactive homework, lectures & quizzes for physics.MacmillanUp to date*
Google AssignmentsCreate an assignment that students utilize a Google Drive file type and instructors grade through Google Drive.GoogleUp to date*
Google Drive File EmbedEmbed a native Google Drive file in your Blackboard course as a view-only document.GoogleUp to date*
InQuizitiveIntegration for W.W. Norton course materials.W.W. NortonUp to date*
McGraw-Hill CampusIntegration for McGraw-Hill course materials.McGraw-Hill Higher EducationNo Info Available
McGraw-Hill Connect and CreateIntegration for McGraw-Hill course materials.Blackboard Inc. & McGraw-HillUp to date
Microsoft OneNoteAllow faculty to add a OneNote class notebook to a Bb course shell.MicrosoftUp to date*
Open Learning InitiativeSupports interactive textbooks with learning activities, assessments, and rich simulations. Carnegie MellonUp to date*
PanoptoAllow faculty to link course to Panopto video platform.PanoptoUp to date
Pearson's MyLab & Mastering / RevelIntegration for Pearson course materials.Blackboard Inc. & PearsonUp to date
Qwickly AttendanceSupports taking attendance & student check-in.QwicklyUp to date*
Respondus LockDown BrowserCustomized browser to secure the Blackboard test environment.Respondus IncUp to date*
Soomo LearningSupports interactive e-textbooks.Soomo PublishingNo Info Available
Tk20Supports systematic assessment for accreditation (SOWK & EDUC only).Tk20Up to date
Turning Technologies ClickersSynchronizes clickers to Bb roster & Bb grade center.Turning Technologies, LLCUp to date*
VHL CentralIncorporate structures and vocabulary from a variety of sources including text, video, and live communication practice, with opportunities for skill-building in every lessonVista Higher LearningUp to date*
VoiceThreadSupports interactive discussions. Currently under evaluation.VoiceThreadUp to date*
WebAssignIntegration for WebAssign course materials & assessments.WebAssignUp to date
WebexAllows faculty to schedule Virtual Meetings and create appointment slots for Office Hours with studentsWebexUp to date*
WileyPLUSIntegration for Wiley course materials.Blackboard Inc. & WileyUp to date*
zyBooksInteractive web textbooks.CengageUp to date*

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