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Northeastern’s Learning Environment

Northeastern’s learning environment leverages open technologies and integrations to include innovative, global and experiential learning platforms. A robust data backbone supports customized, lifelong, and experiential learning, which is the cornerstone of Northeastern’s innovative approach to higher education. Flexible and futureproof, this Northeastern online environment will only evolve with input and partnership of the Northeastern community in support of university goals for teaching and learning tools as we evolve with Northeastern 2025.


Check Your Course List.  As part of the upgrade and merge, only courses created later than September 1, 2014 will be brought over into the new environment. Courses previously taught at prior to Winter/Spring 2018 may not yet appear in this new Blackboard. The process to transfer all older content is ongoing for the next couple of weeks. To request the restoration of courses taught prior to September 1, 2014, complete this Course Restore Request form. Faculty who would like sections merged into one parent course may fill out the new course merge form.

Update Blackboard URL Bookmark.  After December 31, 2017, everyone at Northeastern will access Blackboard using the new URL – You will want to update any bookmarks and course documentation with the new URL.

Update Blackboard Apps Login.  For all Blackboard Apps (Blackboard, Blackboard Grader, and Blackboard Instructor) you will need to log out of your account, find Northeastern University on the school list and then log back in.

Request to Add Teaching Assistants and Other Users.  Faculty who would like to add another instructor, librarian, or guest to a Banner-enrolled course may fill out this form. Requests to add teaching assistants should go to your departmental representative to be added via Banner. Student auditors must be added through the registrar.

Register for a Preview or Hands-on Workshop.  Academic Technology Services will be hosting Blackboard Upgrade open lab drop-in sessions throughout the month of December and hands-on sessions in January. View and register for sessions here.

Special Instructions for NUOnline Courses.  For migration information specifically related to NUOnline and PAN courses, please review this page.


New Features

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  • December 21, 2018
    Add a Piazza Link to your Blackboard Course
    New Features
    Piazza is a free online discussion tool. Northeastern Blackboard has a Piazza integration providing instructions with the ability to...
  • Screenshot showing the Inline Grading page in Blackboard with downloadable file and commenting options.
    September 14, 2018
    Updated Inline Grading Features
    New Features
    Using the Blackboard Assignment tool, you can grade assignments with annotations, comments and highlights all within the browser using...
  • Fact Roster and Attendance Roster Location Screenshot
    September 14, 2018
    New Location for FACT Roster and NEU Attendance Tracker
    New Features
    After the merge and upgrade, the FACT Roster and NEU Attendance Tracker have a new location. The FACT Roster...
  • Replies to Me Screenshot for Discussion Board Posts
    December 14, 2017
    Discussion Board Replies to Me
    New Features
    Keeping up with large Discussion Board forums is easier by giving participants a count and filter to just look...
  • December 14, 2017
    New Inline Grading Feature
    New Features
    Blackboard has upgraded Inline grading from Crocodoc to Box View. Box View offers several improvements over Crocodoc, including improved...
  • Blackboard Grade Center email reminders
    December 4, 2017
    Send Reminders from Grade Center
    New Features
    You can send email reminders from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework....
  • collaborate ultra
    December 6, 2017
    Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for Groups
    New Features
    Faculty can add Collaborate Ultra sessions to Groups pages in the Original Course View of Blackboard Learn. This will...
  • December 6, 2017
    Easier Way to Create Dynamic Groups
    New Features
    Have a merged course and want to quickly create a group for each section? Or want to create dynamic groups...
  • submission receipt
    December 6, 2017
    Assignment Submission Receipts
    New Features
    When students submit assignments successfully, the Review Submission History page appears with information about their submitted assignments and a success message...
  • drag and drop
    December 6, 2017
    Drag and Drop File Capabilities
    New Features
    Drag and drop are now supported in the following areas: Content Collection, Content Editor, blank page content type, blogs,... We recommend updating any browser bookmarks with this new URL.

While much of the processes you’re used to in Blackboard will remain the same, there will be a few processes that will differ:

Students and faculty will have access to all courses created later than September 1, 2014. Faculty who would like access to older courses can fill out the Course Restore Request Form.


In recognition of the shared mission of all Northeastern faculty and students, January 2018 will see a streamlined support structure that provides 24/7 support to the entire university community. Help will be available in a number of ways, described below.

Self-help Materials

You will also find support and documentation for Blackboard and other integrated tools on this site in the tools area.

Blackboard Support

Merge & Upgrade Questions?