CourseSites by Blackboard

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Interactive, Free Online Learning Platform

CourseSites is a free, hosted online course creation and facilitation service that empowers individual K–12 teachers, college and university instructors and community educators to add a web–based component to their courses, or even host an entire course on the Internet. You even choose your own URL, so students can find your page easily.

Engage Your Students Anywhere, Anytime

Imagine having your own interactive elearning platform, that allows you to post and update course material, interact with students, promote collaboration, as well as assess and improve performance –– anytime, anywhere, 24/7. All the online teaching tools you need in one place!

Powered By Blackboard's Latest Technology

CourseSites is powered by the latest and greatest technology from Blackboard, including Blackboard Learn™, Release 9.1, Blackboard Collaborate™, Blackboard Mobile™, and Blackboard Connect™.

Want the tools to engage and assess learners—at no cost? Click on “Get Started” to learn how to build your course website today.

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Course Structures

See how quick it is to set up courses and how to get a jump-start with a structure that supports your primary teaching method, such as lecture, guided discussion, or social learning.

Course Themes

Choose a course style that matches your subject matter or mood.

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Open Educational Resources (OER)

With CourseSites, you now have the ability to publish and share your courses as OER under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY).


Engage learners with multi-media! Mash-ups integrate Web 2.0 resources from, and The YouTube player has built in accessible controls.

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Promote active collaboration around course content and group projects, as well as support social learning with course wikis.

Tests and Quizzes

Create tests and quizzes quicker and easier. With powerful search functionality, you’ll be able to link to questions for quick and easy updates.

Grade Center

Centrally and efficiently manage your grading using in-line grading forms and rubrics, as well as smart filters which help you view only those activities that need to be graded.

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Instant Messaging

Connect with your students instantly through the instant messaging solution designed for education while enriching collaboration amongst students.

Live Classroom

Collaborate with students in a live, online classroom featuring text chat, two-way audio, video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing and breakout rooms.

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Mobile Learning

Blackboard Mobile Learn enables interactive teaching and learning on the go. Now students and teachers can access their courses, content and communities on CourseSites from a variety of devices, including iOS, Android, Palm® webOS and BlackBerry®.

Web 2.0 User Experience

A modern and intuitive design enables instructors and students to easily navigate the system, and provides opportunities to personalize the user experience through drag and drop technology.


Ensure that your CourseSites are accessible to all students with a platform that has been Gold Level certified by the National Federation of the Blind for Non-Visual Accessibility.

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Central Course File Management

Efficiently manage course files and simplify content updates with everything in one place.

Lesson Plans

Build personalized and integrated Lesson Plans that align to K-12 state standards.

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Learning Modules

Present content with a Table of Contents to better guide students through a structured learning experience.

K-12 State Standards Alignment

Use K-12 State Standards Alignment and coverage reports to deliver standards-based instruction.

Instructor Homepage

Create your own webpage, with a personalized public URL, so students and guests can quickly access your courses, links, and blog posts.