You can log onto Blackboard at with your UARK username and password.

An entire online course can be created in Blackboard or materials can be published to supplement existing face-to-face courses, requiring minimal technical expertise.
Blackboard offers:
  • Email, discussion boards and chat communication tools
  • Gradebook and assessment tools
  • Assignment submission and plagiarism detection
  • Tools for incorporating and linking content, exchanging files and managing a calendar
  • Built-in visual themes using individual page layouts and color schemes
  • Wikis, blogs and journals


The Help Desk staff support Blackboard and provide training for faculty to digitize, update or create course content in formats suitable for use in Blackboard.

Blackboard support documentation is available at TIPS or under Support on the top navigation within Blackboard. Online help is available through the form or by calling 479-575-2905.

Blackboard Help Desk Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday:  7 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: 3 p.m. to midnight


If you experience a problem with Blackboard, check your computer and connection using the Support Checklist, and confirm that Blackboard is currently available at the Blackboard Dashboard. Call 479-575-2905 during Help Desk hours or 479-575-2904 after hours to alert technical staff if Blackboard Learn is not responding.

When necessary, Blackboard maintenance occurs on Fridays from 1 to 5 a.m.  Notice prior to scheduled Blackboard maintenance is posted on the login page, the Blackboard Listserv ( and the IT Services Facebook page.

Copy or Combine Courses

A Blackboard course will be automatically created for each class managed through UAConnect. Faculty can copy previous course content.

UAConnect combined course sections are automatically created in Blackboard with a single master course. Faculty can also request that multiple class sections that are not combined in UAConnect be combined in Blackboard using the Course Change Request form. Master courses allow faculty to manage rosters, content and communication tasks for all sections from one central location within Blackboard. The request form also provides an option to have content from a previous course copied into the new master course.

Request an Organization

Blackboard Organizations provide departments and work groups with collaborative space, using features found in Blackboard courses, such as wikis, blogs, discussion forums and other communication tools. To get started, complete the Blackboard Organization Request form.

Integrated Classroom Tools

Third-party applications supported within Blackboard Learn include:

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