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Blackboard sponsors and participates in events for and by the Learn Developer Community - Join in and participate!




Join the Blackboard Developers Network The Blackboard Developers Network (BbDN) is a community of nearly 2000 developers from academic institutions and commercial vendors. Open, collaborative development is the foundation of the Blackboard Developer Network. This community born in 2001 relies upon the open, standards-based APIs and web services available for the Blackboard Academic Suite and documented in the Building Blocks Software Development Kit (SDK). This technology enables developers at academic institutions and commercial vendors to develop customizations and integrations with the Blackboard Academic Suite to enhance online teaching and learning experiences around the world. These open, standards-based Java-based APIs and web services allow for the sharing of valuable data between Blackboard software and other systems and tools through development of Blackboard Building Blocks.


Everyone is free to browse the content of this site. A Behind the Blackboard developer account is required to download our product installers. Existing academic institutions and commercial partners can request an account, usually at no cost, within the terms of our existing contracts. For instructions, see the FAQ. Interested entities are welcome to join our Developers Network.


To learn more, visit


Join the Developer Listserv


The developer listserv is a great way to ask questions or seek advice from other Blackboard developers.


Join TechBUG


TechBUG is an evolution of the SysBUG and regularly hosts webinars and other tactical sessions that address the current challenges of Blackboard's technical community.


Contribute to OSCELOT


OSCELOT, the Open Source Community for Educational Learning Objects and Tools, is a community of learning tool developers that creates innovative open source solutions for the challenges facing the eLearning community. They host code management infrastructure ( and hold a yearly Open Source Day event in conjunction with Blackboard DevCon to promote and support the creation of open source learning tools. Many free and open source Building Blocks emerge from this passionate group. Their focus is increasingly on learning tools that comply with open standards and specifications.




Visit the Calendar of Events on the bottom of the Developer Community homepage for links to Office Hours, DevCons, Presentations, and other events of interest to developers.


Attend the Developers Conference


The yearly Blackboard Developers Conference is now held in conjunction with the BbWorld Users Conference. It evolved from a Developer Workshop first held at Georgetown University in 2003 and now addresses the professional development needs of not only developers but also system administrators and other technical members of Blackboard's client community.


Attend Regional DevCons


Regional DevCons are "mini-DevCons" held in conjunction with the International Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conferences each year. They are usually tactical in nature and a day and a half in length, and are currently held in Europe, Australia, and Singapore. Stay tuned for new locations as the program continues to expand.


Attend Developer Office Hours


Developer Office Hours take place every other week. We have guest speakers present on the Developer Topics you are interested in. We also advocate and promote open discussion amongst Blackboard and Building Block Developers.