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Blackboard is Vanderbilt University’s primary course management system, providing a core set of digital tools designed to support teaching and learning across campus. This website provides information about Blackboard to Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students.


The Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching serves as Blackboard’s administrative home and provides both technical and pedagogical support for instructors using Blackboard. The CFT Blackboard team includes:

  • Derek Bruff, Director
  • Stacey Johnson, Assistant Director for Educational Technology
  • Lee Scarborough, Instructional Technologist
  • Ashley Burton, Instructional Technologist
  • Brandon Crawford, Instructional Technologist

More information about the CFT team is available on the main CFT website.


Oversight for Blackboard is provided by Cynthia Cyrus, Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs, and John Sloop, Associate Provost for Digital Learning. Additionally, the Blackboard Faculty Advisory Committee provides advice and input into strategic planning for Blackboard at Vanderbilt. Committee membership and meeting minutes are available on the Faculty Advisory Committee page.

Feature Requests

Interested in requesting new tools to use within Blackboard? See our Feature Request Process for information on how individuals and groups at Vanderbilt can suggest enhancements to Blackboard.

Blackboard Acceptable Use

For those who want to know more about the use of Blackboard to communicate FERPA-sensitive data, the Office of the University Registrar, VUIT, and Blackboard Support at the Center for Teaching have collaborated on a statement of acceptable use. If you have any questions about acceptable use in Blackboard, please feel free to direct them to