Start Your Own Blackboard User Group

You've landed on this page because you're interested in starting a new Blackboard User Group. And we're here to help you.

The Community Programs team is available to assist you:

  • Recruit new members for your group
  • Plan for upcoming group meetings and conferences
  • Promote your meetings or conferences
  • Identify keynote speakers or subject matter experts
  • Provide a group website 
  • Set up a dedicated Blackboard Collaborate meeting room for your group
  • Fund a portion of the cost of your upcoming meetings and conferences*
  • Build your group's brand with templates, tools, and an official Blackboard User Group badge (great for email signatures, LinkedIn profiles, group communications and more!)

*Funding varies by group.

New User Group Guidelines

Each BUG must have:

  1. A minimum of 10 active members from 10 distinct institutions
  2. A valid and active web presence
  3. Regular online and in-person meeting (minimum of 2 in-person meetings per year)
  4. Be open to promoting upcoming user group meetings or conferences on the Blackboard Community Programs Calendar.

New User Group Submission Form


Join In and Go Further

Visit Connections to join one or more Blackboard User Groups.  

Start Your Own User Group

- Group Guidelines
- New Group Request


Sign up for upcoming events on the Community Programs calendar.

Submit a funding request to have your upcoming user group event sponsored by Blackboard.

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