Blackboard can be used to manage both "traditional" and distance learning courses. It offers many features for instructors; from their documentation this includes

  • Course content management tools
  • Course communication and collaboration tools
  • Assessment tools
  • Academic Web resources
  • Course management tools
  • Each of these items covers quite a variety of information. They also offer additional tools for campus wide systems.

    As of early 2001, they claim usage at more than 6,500 institutions.