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 SP2022. 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

If you don't see your tool on this list, it has not been officially approved for Blackboard integration by DoIT. If you believe a tool has been adopted and it is missing from this list, please contact Instructional Technology via RT.


  1. Any and all new tool adoptions will require time to evaluate before a Blackboard integration is installed. See → How do I request a new tool or integration for Blackboard?
  2. A tool on this list does not mean Instructional Technology provides direct support. In some cases, users must obtain support directly from the vendor.
Building Block / ToolPurposeVendorLTI Version
Academic Writer

Supports students who have questions about how to conduct research, structure their papers, and format what they write using APA Style.

NOTE: This tool is licensed and adopted on a PER COURSE basis. Please see the bookstore.

AcrobatiqSupports adaptive learning of specific course curriculum. Acrobatiq (via VitalSource)LTI 1.1
AEFISSupports institutional and program assessmentHelio CampusLTI 1.1
AkindiBubble sheet test scoringAkindiLTI 1.1
Akindi Test ImporterEasily create tests & question pools with Word docs & import into BbAkindiLTI 1.1
ALEKSSupports interactive homework & quizzes for science & math.McGraw-HillLTI 1.1
AresProvides access to AOK Library Reserves systemsAtlasLTI 1.1
BadgrSupports badging, achievements, and gamification in coursesInstructureLTI 1.3
Bookshelf by VitalSourceSupports access to e-textbooks & course materials on computers & mobile devices (for the UMBC Course Materials Initiative).Blackboard Inc. & VitalSourceLTI 1.1

Cengage Learning MindLinks

Integration for Mindtap, Aplia & CogLab course materials.Blackboard Inc. & CengageLTI 1.3
CourseArcSupports integration of interactive, web-based lessons. CourseArcLTI 1.1

Supports end of semester course surveys.

NOTE: Course evaluations are accessed from the Tools link on the Bb menu.

eXploranceLTI 1.1
FlipIt PhysicsSupports interactive homework, lectures & quizzes for physics.MacmillanLTI 1.1
Google AssignmentsCreate an assignment that students utilize a Google Drive file type and instructors grade through Google Drive.GoogleLTI 1.1
Google Drive File EmbedEmbed a native Google Drive file in your Blackboard course as a view-only document.GoogleLTI 1.1
InQuizitiveIntegration for W.W. Norton course materials.W.W. NortonLTI 1.3
LabArchives NotebooksProvides curated collections of 500+ lab activities, protocols, course-packs, and OpenStax textbooks for faculty to use in courseLabArchivesLTI 1.1
LabsterProvides virtual labs for science coursesLabsterLTI 1.1
Lumen LearningSupports integration of Open Educational ResourcesLumen LearningLTI 1.1
Macmillan LearningProvides seamless access to Macmillan’s Achieve, LaunchPad, or Sapling Learning. Key functionality includes single sign-on, deep linking capability to all Macmillan content at the chapter and asset level, and automated gradebook refresh.Macmillan LearningLTI 1.1
McGraw-Hill Connect and CreateIntegration for McGraw-Hill course materials.Blackboard Inc. & McGraw-HillLTI 1.3
Microsoft OneNoteAllow faculty to add a OneNote class notebook to a Bb course shell.MicrosoftLTI 1.1
Microsoft Teams SchedulerAllows faculty to schedule Microsoft Teams meetingsMicrosoftLTI 1.3
Open Learning InitiativeSupports interactive textbooks with learning activities, assessments, and rich simulations. Carnegie MellonLTI 1.1
PanoptoAllow faculty to link course to Panopto video platform.PanoptoLTI 1.1
Pearson's MyLab & Mastering / RevelIntegration for Pearson course materials.Blackboard Inc. & PearsonLTI 1.1
Qwickly AttendanceSupports taking attendance & student check-in.QwicklyLTI 1.1
Respondus LockDown Browser & MonitorCustomized browser to secure the Blackboard test environment.Respondus IncLTI 1.3
Signing Naturally Interactive Online Student MaterialsSigning Naturally provides curricular materials for the instruction of American Sign Language (ASL) as a second languageDawnSignPressLTI 1.3
TestOutProvides IT training courseware and certification examsTestOut

LTI 1.1
LTI 1.3

Tk20Supports systematic assessment for accreditation (SOWK & EDUC only).Tk20LTI 1.1
Turning Technologies ClickersSynchronizes clickers to Bb roster & Bb grade center.Turning Technologies, LLCLTI 1.1
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 LearningLTI 1.3
VoiceThreadSupports interactive discussions and asynchronous engagement.VoiceThreadLTI 1.3
WebAssignIntegration for WebAssign course materials & assessments.WebAssign (via Cengage)LTI 1.3

Allows faculty to schedule Virtual Meetings and create appointment slots for Office Hours with students

NOTE: You can use Webex to set up meetings, but the Teams integration does not work due to Blackboard's email configuration.

WebexLTI 1.1
WileyPLUSIntegration for Wiley course materials.Blackboard Inc. & WileyLTI 1.1
zyBooksInteractive web textbooks.CengageLTI 1.1
LTI 1.3

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