Blackboard LMS decommission - information for students

As of Semester 2, 2020, Blackboard is no longer being used for teaching and learning at the University of Melbourne.

All teaching and learning is now taking place using Canvas LMS.

From Monday 7 September 2020, students and staff can no longer access content in previously taught subjects and communities in Blackboard, nor access Blackboard file storage locations.

However, Blackboard subject content will still be retrievable via the Blackboard archive for 10 years (from Semester 2, 2020), should you or your subject coordinators need to access previous content.

Please refer to the below FAQs to learn what is accessible via the Blackboard archive and what support is available for content retrieval.


This summary timeline highlights the key activities that have taken place or are coming up as part of the process to retire Blackboard.

Timeline of the decommission process

Common questions and concerns

  • What content is available to retrieve in the Blackboard archive?
    • Grade Centre results
    • Native assessment and quiz submissions*
    • Native discussion forums*
    • Blogs, Journals, and Wikis

    *In most cases, content submitted to tools external to Blackboard will still be accessible in that tool, e.g. Turnitin, Lecture Capture, etc.

  • How can I get access to content in the Blackboard archive?

    Submit a request to your Subject Coordinator. Your Subject Coordinator will then submit an access request on your behalf.

    Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, as there are some instances where content should not be made available after a certain period (e.g. quizzes or readings that shouldn’t be made available to students after studying that unit).

    If the request access has been approved, your Subject Coordinator will be provided the requested content and then make it available to you.

  • Where can I find requested Blackboard content?

    If you have individually requested Blackboard content via your Subject Coordinator, and the access request has been approved, it will be made available to you by your Subject Coordinator.

    If a cohort of students have requested Blackboard content from a previous subject and the access request has been approved, they will then be able to access this content via a community cohort link in the currently taught version of the subject in Canvas.

  • How can I get access to a previous lecture recording?

    Lecture Capture recordings are still accessible to students and staff who previously had access to them directly by logging in to Lecture Capture (Echo360).