Blackboard CourseSites – Free, Hosted, and Supported Courses

Just announced today [press release], Blackboard is now offering a free, hosted, and supported version of their latest version 9.1 release.

To create an account for yourself, visit:

Here are a few highlights and details:

  • Free
  • Hosted
  • Support for Faculty and Students – The hours of support are: Monday – Friday 8AM to 8PM EST and Saturday – Sunday 9AM to 5PM EST with tickets, knowledgebase, live chat, and phone.
  • 500 MB of storage per course
  • OpenID – Create a CourseSites account with your existing Facebook, Twitter, WindowsLive, Yahoo, or Google account.
  • 5 available courses at a time per instructor
  • No student enrollment limit

Here are a few of the innovative features included in this new offering:

  • Getting Started Course Wizard (with Templates) – The getting started wizard helps new users while the pre-structured course templates help the instructor get started quickly with course design, menu, and content areas.

  • Course Design Schemes
  • Instructor Home Page (with clean URL and blog)
  • Clean Course URLs
  • Student Invitation Tool
  • Access to SoftChalk, Wimba Pronto (Instant Messaging), Wimba Voice Tools, Elluminate, Respondus