We know one size may not fit all for system deployment.

Blackboard Learn with SaaS deployment uses cloud-based technology to provide a more stable and robust environment. While SaaS reduces and simplifies the administrative burden, we understand that some institutions may want to customize and configure the Learn environment for their needs. Blackboard offers two tiers of the SaaS deployment option: Plus and Advantage.

The Plus and Advantage deployment options each offer the advantages of a SaaS deployment. Each tier also offers additional product support and customization. Refer to the table below to learn more.

  Plus Advantage
User interface options Original experience 
Ultra experience
Original experience 
Ultra experience
Delivery of features and maintenance items Continuous or Flexible Deployment Option Continuous or Flexible Deployment Option
Building Blocks Full Building Block support Full Building Block support
Test and staging instances Test instance included Test and staging instances included
Direct Data Access (OpenDB / ASR) Not included Included
Full LTI, Web Services, and new REST API Included Included
Service Delivery Management Not included Included
Supported Solutions
(NAHE)
Learning Core

Learning Essentials 

Learning Insight

Internet2 NET+

Learning Core

Learning Essentials

Learning Insight

Internet2 NET+

Supported Solutions
(K-12)
Personalized Learning Personalized Learning
Supported Solutions
(ProEd)
Learning Performance

Learning Performance Plus

Learning Professional

Learning Professional Plus

Learning Performance

Learning Performance Plus

Learning Professional

Learning Professional Plus

About Flexible Deployment

Starting July 2020, Blackboard will no longer support the Flexible Deployment Option for SaaS environments. Blackboard Learn SaaS will only be delivered in a continuous delivery cadence at this date. For more information on how and when this change affects you, visit Behind the Blackboard.

The Plus and Advantage deployment tiers offer a Flexible Deployment Option that provides more time for you to test critical customizations and integrations as well as plan change management activities. You will receive maintenance on a continuous delivery cycle to maintain the highest quality environment, but changes to the platform (new features and feature enhancements) can be deferred and applied either once or twice per year (rather than as part of the continuous delivery cycle). You can't currently enable the Ultra experience for Blackboard Learn environments on the Flexible Deployment Option schedule.

Maintenance items, such as bug fixes and security patches, are continuously delivered to all tiers of SaaS deployments. These are critical updates to the health and security of your Blackboard Learn instance and cannot be delayed.

More about the flexible deployment option