About Blackboard

Blackboard is the courseware management system at the University of Maryland, Baltimore for web-enhanced and web-based courses.


Blackboard Learn 9.1 will upgrade on July 4, 2018 to the Q4 2017 version and will be unavailable Wednesday July 4th starting at 7:00AM Eastern time. This upgrade may take as long as 12 hours to complete.

New Features with the Q4 2017 release

  • Blackboard App download module on entry page.
  • Blogs and Journals optimized for mobile devices.
  • Student notification email for each assignment submission.
  • Chemistry specific tools for the math editor.
  • Improved grading with rubrics.
  • Collaborate Ultra for groups.
  • Overall quality and infrastructure improvements.

Blackboard is normally unavailable on the first Tuesday of each month from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday (Eastern time) for system maintenance.  There will be no maintenance on Tuesday July 3, 2018.

Technical Support

If you experience problems logging in with your UMID or password, email the IT Help Desk.

If you experience problems performing a task or accessing information:

  • Click here to run a script.
  • Copy the result of that script to a Word document (ALT + PrintScrn to copy the screen to the clipboard and Ctrl + V to paste to the Word document)
  • Save the Word document and email as an attachment to IT Help Desk.

Supported Browsers

See the Browser Support for Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 Help Page. 

For the best Blackboard Learn experience with your screen reader, use Firefox® and JAWS® on a Windows® system. On a Mac® use Safari® and VoiceOver. Visit the Accessibility topic to learn more about Blackboard's approach to accessible software.