About Blackboard

Blackboard is a web-based course management system that makes it easy for instructors to manage materials distribution, assignments, communications, and other aspects of instruction for their courses. Use of Blackboard is subject to the terms and conditions set forth on the Terms and Conditions page.

Accessing Blackboard

Users are able to access Blackboard by going to https://blackboard.cornell.edu, clicking the Login button, and signing in with a Cornell NetID, Cornell Weill ID, or using their approved Guest account.

If you have not used Blackboard at Cornell before, you may need to create a Blackboard account.

If you do not have a Cornell NetID or Cornell Weill ID, see Access for Non-Cornell Users.


Blackboard conforms to Web Content Accessibility (WCAG) Guidelines 2.0 Level AA as well as the Section 508 accessibility standards. For more information, click here.


Blackboard offers the following features:

  • Web space for course materials
  • Tests and Quizzes
  • Digital assignment submissions for students
  • Grade management
  • Group collaboration within courses
  • Online Discussions
  • Chat and Virtual Classroom
  • Audio and Video
  • Link to Course Reserves

Established Maintenance Windows

Any regular system maintenance and server restarts for any of our services will be scheduled weekdays between 5:00 am and 7:00 am ET. All users should be aware that a system may become unavailable during this maintenance time.

Blackboard Mobile Learn application

Cornell’s Blackboard Learn includes a free mobile app.   Blackboard Mobile Learn is an app that will allow access and updating from mobile devices for many features in Blackboard, including posting and viewing announcements, viewing assignments and grades, viewing discussions and creating or replying to threads, and more.

You can start using the Blackboard Mobile Learn app now. Versions of the app are available for iPhone and iPad, Android, Blackberry, and HP webOS. Additional information is available on how to download the app for your mobile device. After installing the app, launch Blackboard Mobile Learn and search for “Cornell University”, and then sign in with your Cornell Net-ID.

Using Blackboard Notification Features on Your Mobile Device

If you have access to email on your mobile device, it’s not necessary to use the Blackboard Mobile Learn App to receive Blackboard notifications about updates, deadlines, etc. To configure your Blackboard notification preferences to send emails/alerts, follow the directions provided by Blackboard for changing personal settings.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Would you like to discuss technology options for teaching & learning with a consultant? Send e-mail to acadtech@cornell.edu.


Blackboard was upgraded to Q2 2017 release on December 20th, 2017.


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