Blackboard Learn provides resources for developers on Help, Behind the Blackboard, and EduGarage. When extending your environment, keep the following links available for reference:
- Building Block API Java Docs
- Building Block Tag Library Docs
- Getting Started Guides for Building Blocks and Web Services
- Behind the Blackboard
If you are setting up your development environment for Building Block development you will find useful information under the Building Blocks Getting Started section of Developer Resources. If you are getting started developing Web Services for Blackboard Learn you may be interested in the Web Services Getting Started section of Developer Resources.
Building Blocks allow you to plug additional capabilities into the product (such as in the course control panel or user tools areas) and can appear as new portal modules, as custom content types, and as links throughout many areas of the product user interface.
Blackboard Learn can integrate with virtually any Student Information System (SIS) via a variety of batch-driven and event-driven capabilities. Additionally, the integration APIs are documented for custom integrations.
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.
Template variables can be used throughout the product to dynamically render course content just about everywhere the content editor is used.