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.
- 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?
- 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 / Tool||Purpose||Vendor||LTI Version|
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.
|Acrobatiq||Supports adaptive learning of specific course curriculum.||Acrobatiq (via VitalSource)||LTI 1.1|
|AEFIS||Supports institutional and program assessment||Helio Campus||LTI 1.1|
|Akindi||Bubble sheet test scoring||Akindi||LTI 1.1|
|Akindi Test Importer||Easily create tests & question pools with Word docs & import into Bb||Akindi||LTI 1.1|
|ALEKS||Supports interactive homework & quizzes for science & math.||McGraw-Hill||LTI 1.1|
|Ares||Provides access to AOK Library Reserves systems||Atlas||LTI 1.1|
|Badgr||Supports badging, achievements, and gamification in courses||Instructure||LTI 1.3|
|Bookshelf by VitalSource||Supports access to e-textbooks & course materials on computers & mobile devices (for the UMBC Course Materials Initiative).||Blackboard Inc. & VitalSource||LTI 1.1|
|Integration for Mindtap, Aplia & CogLab course materials.||Blackboard Inc. & Cengage||LTI 1.3|
|CourseArc||Supports integration of interactive, web-based lessons.||CourseArc||LTI 1.3|
Supports end of semester course surveys.
NOTE: Course evaluations are accessed from the Tools link on the Bb menu.
|FlipIt Physics||Supports interactive homework, lectures & quizzes for physics.||Macmillan||LTI 1.1|
|Google Assignments||Create an assignment that students utilize a Google Drive file type and instructors grade through Google Drive.||LTI 1.1|
|Google Drive File Embed||Embed a native Google Drive file in your Blackboard course as a view-only document.||LTI 1.1|
|InQuizitive||Integration for W.W. Norton course materials.||W.W. Norton||LTI 1.3|
|LabArchives Notebooks||Provides curated collections of 500+ lab activities, protocols, course-packs, and OpenStax textbooks for faculty to use in course||LabArchives||LTI 1.1|
|Labster||Provides virtual labs for science courses||Labster||LTI 1.1|
|Lumen Learning||Supports integration of Open Educational Resources||Lumen Learning||LTI 1.1|
|Macmillan Learning||Provides 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 Learning||LTI 1.1|
|McGraw-Hill Connect and Create||Integration for McGraw-Hill course materials.||Blackboard Inc. & McGraw-Hill||LTI 1.3|
|Microsoft OneNote||Allow faculty to add a OneNote class notebook to a Bb course shell.||Microsoft||LTI 1.1|
|Microsoft Teams Scheduler||Allows faculty to schedule Microsoft Teams meetings||Microsoft||LTI 1.3|
|Open Learning Initiative||Supports interactive textbooks with learning activities, assessments, and rich simulations.||Carnegie Mellon||LTI 1.1|
|Panopto||Allow faculty to link course to Panopto video platform.||Panopto||LTI 1.1|
|Pearson's MyLab & Mastering / Revel||Integration for Pearson course materials.||Blackboard Inc. & Pearson||LTI 1.3|
|Poll Everywhere||Faculty may sync Poll Everywhere participation and grade data with the Blackboard gradebook.||Poll Everywhere||LTI 1.3|
|Qwickly Attendance||Supports taking attendance & student check-in.||Qwickly||LTI 1.1|
|Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor||Customized browser to secure the Blackboard test environment.||Respondus Inc||LTI 1.3|
|Signing Naturally Interactive Online Student Materials||Signing Naturally provides curricular materials for the instruction of American Sign Language (ASL) as a second language||DawnSignPress||LTI 1.3|
|TestOut||Provides IT training courseware and certification exams||TestOut|
|Tk20||Supports systematic assessment for accreditation (SOWK & EDUC only).||Tk20||LTI 1.1|
|Turning Technologies Clickers||Synchronizes clickers to Bb roster & Bb grade center.||Turning Technologies, LLC||LTI 1.1|
|VHL Central||Incorporate structures and vocabulary from a variety of sources including text, video, and live communication practice, with opportunities for skill-building in every lesson||Vista Higher Learning||LTI 1.3|
|VoiceThread||Supports interactive discussions and asynchronous engagement.||VoiceThread||LTI 1.3|
|WebAssign||Integration 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.
|WileyPLUS||Integration for Wiley course materials.||Blackboard Inc. & Wiley||LTI 1.1|
|zyBooks||Interactive web textbooks.||Cengage||LTI 1.3|
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