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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 FA2017. 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 curriculumAcrobatiqUp to date
ALEKSSupports interactive homework & quizzes for science & mathCengageUp 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 materialsBlackboard Inc. & CengageUp to date*
CourseArcSupports integration of interactive, web-based lessons. CourseArcUp to date*
EACAllows alignment of institutional and program learning outcomes to rubric rows and test questions for assessment purposesEACUp to date
eXploranceSupports end of semester course surveyseXploranceUp to date*
FlipIt PhysicsSupports interactive homework, lectures & quizzes for physicsMacmillanUp to date*
Google AssignmentsCreate an assignment that students utilize a Google Drive file type and instructors grade through Google DriveGoogleUp to date*
Google Drive File EmbedEmbed a native Google Drive file in your Blackboard course as a view-only documentGoogleUp to date*
InQuizitiveIntegration for W.W. Norton course materialsW.W. NortonUp to date*
McGraw-Hill CampusIntegration for McGraw-Hill course materialsMcGraw-Hill Higher EducationNo Info Available
McGraw-Hill Connect and CreateIntegration for McGraw-Hill course materialsBlackboard 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 platformPanoptoUp to date
Pearson's MyLab & Mastering / RevelIntegration for Pearson course materialsBlackboard Inc. & PearsonUp to date
QwicklyEnables 2-click course availability & other instructor efficiency workflowsQwicklyUp to date
Qwickly AttendanceSupports taking attendance & student check-inQwicklyUp to date*
Qwickly Jot AssignmentCreate interactive assignments for students to write & draw onQwicklyUp to Date
Respondus LockDown BrowserCustomized browser to secure the Blackboard test environmentRespondus IncUp to date*
Soomo LearningSupports interactive e-textbooksSoomo PublishingNo Info Available
Tk20Supports systematic assessment for accreditation (SOWK & EDUC only)Tk20Up to date
Turning Technologies ClickersSynchronizes clickers to Bb roster & Bb grade centerTurning Technologies, LLCUp to date*
VoiceThreadSupports interactive discussions. Currently under evaluation.VoiceThreadUp to date*
WebAssignIntegration for WebAssign course materials & assessmentsWebAssignUp to date
WileyPLUSIntegration for Wiley course materialsBlackboard Inc. & WileyUp to date*
zyBooksInteractive web textbookCengageUp to date*

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