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The Develop section of Developer Resources provides information and materials to assist developers in the customization of the Blackboard Learn experience. Whether you are interested in Building Block Extensions, Web Services, or LTI this is the place to get started.

Building Blocks Essentials Online Course 

Announcing Open Enrollment for the new self-paced Building Blocks Essentials Online course! The course offers a fully self-paced online learning environment and provides Blackboard Learn clients with the knowledge necessary to successfully build Blackboard Learn application extensions. 

Register for B2 Essentials Online here:

Register for other tech training here: >

You can find more details about this offering in the datasheet on the Bb Training site or by contacting for more information.



The ability to extend Blackboard through the use of Building Blocks and Web Services is a key component of Blackboard Learn's open architecture. Building Blocks and Web Services allow you to enhance the online education experience for your students and faculty. You may assemble a solution of homegrown, commercial and open source software and tools that best meets your needs whether the solution is a discipline-specific tool, an integration to a homegrown application or other enterprise application, or seamless integration to a subscription database at your library.

Through Blackboard Building Blocks and Web Services developers can create sharable, re-purposable web applications that can be deployed on Blackboard Learn.

This open architecture ensures that you can:

  • extend Blackboard Learn and incorporate new functionality
  • provide customizations to meet discipline-specific or pedagogical needs
  • leverage this technology to enhance and aid administration of their systems on campus
  • automate procedures or repetitive tasks
  • integrate with external systems or applications across your learning enterprise for example the Registrar's office, the Library to name just two
  • customize your implementation by integrating open source or locally-developed applications and tools 

Data that can be accessed includes:

  • Authentication and authorization information - to ensure seamless authentication and authorization between Blackboard software and other systems
  • User data - name, course of study, contact information
  • Course data and Enrollment records
  • Outcomes - student quiz and test data, scores, grades, participation and activity data
  • Content - the ability to seamlessly integrate rich content from a variety of sources
  • System management - information to help administrators manage and monitor your Blackboard software installations


Learn More
To learn more about Building Blocks review the Developer Resources available at, take a look at released building blocks on the Blackboard Learn extensions site which highlights Building Blocks produced by Blackboard Partners, or take a look at open source projects contributed by the Learn developer community at OSCELOT's projects site.


Request a Developers License

All Blackboard Learn clients receive a Blackboard developers license at no cost. A developers license is a "small footprint" version of Blackboard with the Community and Content Management modules turned on. It can be run on a development server or even a virtual machine image for development purposes. If you require a developer network account visit Behind the Blackboard (as an administrator) or contact the BbDN team directly and we will help.


Commercial Partnerships

If you are interested in becoming a Blackboard partner visit the Blackboard Partnerships™ program site. Partnering with Blackboard provides access to design guidance and support among other benefits.