Announcing Canvas, OSU’s next Learning Management System

Following a three year period of inquiry, assessment, and collaboration among faculty, students, and administrators to understand the needs of our teaching and learning community, OSU has chosen to replace the current Blackboard learning management system (LMS) with a hosted platform called Canvas. This is a university-wide LMS migration that impacts all modalities of courses taught at Oregon State, including traditional face-to-face, hybrid, and Ecampus online courses.

Find more information on the transition to Canvas here: http://blackboard-transition.oregonstate.edu/

What is Blackboard?

Blackboard is OSU’s learning management system (LMS). Blackboard users can access their course materials from any computer with Internet access, whether the class is held on-campus or entirely online. In Blackboard, instructors can administer tests and quizzes, and post assignments, lecture notes and grades. Students and instructors can collaborate via discussion boards, blogs and journals.

Blackboard Globe

Who Has Access?

Blackboard is available to anyone with an ONID (OSU Network ID) account. Students must be registered in Banner to access a Blackboard course site. Course availability and course materials are available for preview at the discretion of the instructor.

How Do I...

TAC provides a variety of tools to help you take advantage of what Blackboard has to offer, including self-paced tutorials, live webinars, GEMs (quick reference guides for commonly-used features), and individual orientations for instructors who are new to Blackboard.

Check out our online tools via the right-hand sidebar menu on this page (also listed below) and/or contact us if you have any questions.


Learn what basic essentials you need to get your Blackboard course launched via our Blackboard Essentials page.

Quick Reference Guides

The Quick Reference Guides page holds a collection of PDF guides to help you with a variety of Blackboard functions.

Self-Paced Learning

Watch the collection of short videos to learn Blackboard at a pace that works for you on our Self-Paced Learning page. Longer, topical videos from the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) are available on the BITS Youtube Channel.

Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS)

Each year Blackboard sponsors a series of weekly webinars called Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS). There are three tracks this year: Getting Started, Collaboration, and Assessing Learners. The webinars are led by instructors who share their strategies and pedagogies for making the most of Blackboard for teaching and learning. Click here to learn more and register for the webinars.

Webinars are recorded for later viewing; you will need to register for each webinar you want to take.


Whether you are new to Blackboard, have questions about certain features, or are experiencing errors while using Blackboard, our Blackboard Support page will point you in the right direction so that you can get help faster.