This report enables your institution to get an accurate snapshot of how students, faculty, and others are adopting your Learning Platform. You can discover relevant activity data on your Learning Management System (LMS) activity, Collaboration tool activity, Accessibility tool activity, and Originality tool activity.  

Use this report to understand how students, faculty, and other users interact with your Learning Platform. Discover relevant insights to drive your institution’s Learning Platform adoption.   

Identify patterns. See how many users are active in your learning platform and what modality they use the most to access it. Learn what days of the week and time intervals have more activity. Determine the most and least used tools.   

Take data-driven actions to improve the adoption of your Learning Platform and use date comparisons to keep track of the results. 

Get familiar with the report 

The Learning Platform Adoption Report is a straightforward data gathering tool for institutions. In this sense, multiple concepts and how-to are the same throughout the different data points. Get familiar with this report and get the most out of it.   

The report begins with tabs for you to select a tool you want to see data on. You must keep in mind that tabs display metrics only for the tools your institution has access to. If you have an interest in gaining access to other tools contact a Blackboard representative

Each tab may present notes at the end which give context and further explain the data presented. Take a look so you don’t miss anything. 

Primary and comparison date range

The report displays data according to the time periods you select. At the beginning of the report, you can select your primary and comparison date ranges.  

The Primary Date Range is the period you want to set as a base. The Comparison Date Range is the period you want to compare your base to.   

By default, Primary Date Range spans the last 30 days, and Comparison Date Range is the 30 days prior the Primary Date Range. Make sure to select your preferred date ranges to update the data presented.  

Use date ranges of the same length for accurate comparison

Reset date ranges to default 

  • Select the date range. 

  • Select the More options menu, on the top right-hand corner.

  • Select Reset

  • Repeat steps on other date ranges you want to reset. 

Data visualization 

This report uses various data visualization formats. Among them, there are indicators, donut charts, line charts, heatmaps, and bar charts.  

Indicators are useful to get a quick snapshot of an activity you need to keep track of. This report uses as the indicators’ base the Primary Date Range value. Nevertheless, when the title references a specific date range, this date range is the indicator’s base.  

  • Up arrow: The value, or number, increased compared to the Comparison Date Range

  • Down arrow: The value, or number, decreased compared to the Comparison Date Range

  • Rightwards: There is no change between date ranges. 

  • DIV/0: There is no data available for the selected Comparison Date Range


Donut charts enables parts-of-a-whole relationship between different categories.  


Line charts plot individual data points to show trends over the selected date range.  


Bar charts enable comparison among multiple categories in a data series. 


Heatmaps rate data in relation to the amount of activity per day of the week and two-hour time intervals. The color variations represent higher or lower activity periods. Darker colors represent days and time intervals with higher activity. Lighter colors show days and time intervals with lower activity. 


Select plotted data in charts, and heatmaps to reveal unique data points. 

Export your data to CSV 

Throughout the report, you can download the data in a CSV file to view it in a table format. 

  • Select the data you want to export.  

  • Select the More options icon. 

  • Select Export to CSV.  

  • Once the download is complete, select Done, to go back to the report.  

Users vs. sessions 

This report shows data for user activity and session activity. Note that users and sessions represent two different concepts.    

A user stands for a person who accessed your LMS. An active LMS user is one that accessed your LMS during a selected date range.   

Sessions represent how many times each user accessed your LMS. A user can open many sessions.  

For example, on the same day, one student can create many sessions. Let’s say a student signed in to your LMS during breakfast to check his schedule. Then, the same student signed in again to download the content an instructor is referring to in class. Finally, at home, accessed your LMS to upload an assignment.    

In this example, the student represents a user. The different times the student accessed your LMS would be the number of sessions. In this case, you would have one user and three sessions from the same user

Distinct users  

In Blackboard Data every user has a distinct ID. This ensures the same user is not considered twice if, for instance, they join the same session twice. 


You can use the language selector to choose your preferred language. There are terms that aren't currently localized and will remain in English after you’ve selected another language. The localized version of these terms will be delivered in a progressive manner throughout 2021 and 2022. 


Generate Relevant Insights  

After you select your date ranges, the Learning Platform Adoption Report brings up the data you want to see in a simple way. Now it’s time to make this data work in your institution's favor.  

From this report, you can understand your Learning Platform Adoption performance, define data-driven actions to improve it, and develop insights to support decision-making within your institution. 

Data is as powerful as the connections you develop from it. Keep a record of your discoveries to further develop them into action-focused insights. Here are some ideas on how you can get the most out of your Learning Platform Adoption Report.  

Define questions you want to answer  

You can connect the data on your report in various ways. Determine initial questions you want to answer. These questions can be broad or specific. Look into the data with your questions in mind to generate quick insights.  

Be open to new questions that may arise as you continue to understand your Learning Platform Adoption performance. 

Compare similar academic periods 

The way your students, instructors, and other users interact with your Learning Platform shifts throughout the institution's academic calendar.  

When you compare how a similar academic periods have performed compared to another year, you are able to spot adoption cycles. For example, adoption can peak at the beginning of every academic year and drop the week before spring break. 

Once you have a clear view of adoption cycles, you can identify when these cycles break. Moreover, you can determine unusual behavior that you can act upon.  

The comparison of irregular data periods may distort data interpretation. 

Use benchmarks 

Benchmarks support goal setting and strategy development. Don't focus only on other institutions' adoption processes as your benchmark. Develop your own internal benchmarks. 

Gather insights from your faculty and learn what actions instructors take to adopt and support student's adoption of your Learning Platform. Find best practices and share them to improve adoption performance throughout your institution. 

Combine data insights 

Bring together and contrast different data presented in the report. Do this within the same tab and between different ones as well. Uncover new information and observe how various information relates to one another.  

For example, understand if your LMS adoption cycles relate to the adoption performance of other tools such as Ally or SafeAssign. Look for uncorrelated usage patterns within each tool. If it’s a positive usage pattern, find actions to implement in other tools. If it’s a detrimental usage pattern, take deploy actions to improve it.  

Discover patterns  

One of the most valuable aspects of adoption data is that it can show you patterns in the way your users interact with your Learning Platform.  

Notice patterns that you can use in courses, activities, and administrative tasks. For example, on the LMS activity tab, you can see what access modality students, instructors, and others use the most. If the most used access modality is a mobile application, you can develop actions to support your instructors in the development of mobile-friendly content.

Find additional adoption resources 

Learning Platform tools such as Ally offer resources on tool adoption development. Explore these links to build awareness and drive adoption.  

Ally – Communication and Adoption Toolkit

Blackboard App – Communication and Adoption Toolkit

Blackboard Instructor App - Communication and Adoption Toolkit

Learn Ultra – Communication and Adoption Toolkit

Create data-driven actions 

Support adoption for it to grow. Use your insights to further develop data-driven actions that can take adoption within your institution to the next level.  

Track results 

Once you have determined the actions to help drive the adoption of your Learning Platform. Define how you are going to measure them based on the data provided in your Learning Platform Adoption Report.   

Use the Comparison Date Range to keep track of implementation and recognize early wins for your institution.