Building Blocks allow you to plug additional capabilities into the product and can appear as new portal modules, as custom content types, and as links throughout many areas of the product user interface - for example in the course control panel or user tools areas.
Blackboard can integrate with virtually any Student Information System via a variety of batch-driven and event-driven capabilities. Additionally, the integration APIs are documented for custom integrations.
Blackboard Learn ships with native support for a variety of authentication mechanisms. The Blackboard authentication APIs are also available for custom central authentication and single sign-on configurations.
Web services allow you to remotely connect to Blackboard Learn using virtually any programming language of your choosing. Blackboard Learn ships with instructions for accessing the web services using Java and .NET.
Proxy Tools allow learning tools hosted externally to Blackboard Learn to appear tightly integrated into the course environment. Proxy Tools allow new models of connecting learning tools across institutions and systems.
Mashups and Macros
Mashups and macros (aka "template variables") can be used throughout the product to dynamically render course content just about everywhere the Visual Text Box Editor is used.