Learning tools


In our Blackboard learning management system you can access your course materials including pre-recorded or streamed lectures, as well as self-led or interactive tutorials and links to course readings. Blackboard allows you to learn wherever and whenever they can get online.

You can log into Blackboard via the Students page or by using the Blackboard direct link which you can ‘bookmark’. In either case you will need to have your Notre Dame login and password ready.

Please note that Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome are the recommended web browsers for Blackboard. Some Blackboard functionality may not work properly when accessed via other browsers such as Internet Explorer or Apple Safari.

Online Learning Tools for Blackboard

Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you present and interact with your students, share applications and add files, use a virtual whiteboard that your students can draw on, run anonymous polls, accommodate group work, record your session and let your students download the recording, and so on. It is an excellent tool, and many Notre Dame schools and areas use Collaborate to record a live lecture and to make the recording available to students or staff.

You could also create Collaborate Ultra sessions for use by students, whether it is to supplement their group work or for peer feedback sessions before presenting their work to the instructor. Just make sure that the student-led sessions are set up to allow all participants to join as moderators, so that the students have the same privileges as the instructor in this particular case (including the ability to record - especially useful to help someone who could not attend a group meeting).

Online Learning Tools for Collaborate


Notre Dame students are encouraged to submit their assessments in Blackboard. The system is transparent, it records the exact time the submission was made and keeps the file that was submitted. Blackboard offers two main types of assessment – Blackboard-native (Blackboard assignment or test) or Turnitin (which is a similarity checking service integrated into Blackboard).

Turnitin: Turnitin is a useful tool for educating your students about Academic Integrity (AI); therefore, as a rule of thumb, you should encourage your students to submit all text-based assessment via Turnitin. This If you are new to Turnitin quick guide explains the two major functions of Turnitin and outlines the steps to using it successfully, also providing the links to the guides that will help you with the task.

Online Learning Tools for Turnitin