ISU Online Learning Community

(formerly known as Blackboard Users Group (BUG))

Welcome to our Iowa State University Faculty/Staff Online Learning Community.  We welcome you to join us whether it be on our local user community site here, through our list-serv, or in person at our Learning Community face-to-face meetings.  The purpose of the ISU-OLC is to share campus best practices to improve online teaching and learning; see how others are using the University Learning Management System (LMS) to create innovative learning experiences, inform the campus about existing and new web-based instructional technologies and participate in new technology testing and evaluation. The group will also seek to leverage staff and instructor LMS expertise and experience as well as share training resources from support units across the University.  In addition, this group will be asked to inform future activities surrounding ISU’s migration to a new LMS software product. To learn about this process and timeline visit ISU’s Learning Management System website. Audience: faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants. Registration is required at least one-day prior for this learning community.


The ISU Online Learning Community meets periodically during the year to discuss new ideas and technologies available and to share interesting ways these tools can be used to engage students both in the classroom and online.  The CELT events page has a list and registration information for upcoming meetings.

Join the ListServ

ISU-OLC has established a ListServ to maintain dialog about, share news, and to publicize events related to the Online Learning Community at ISU. All interested faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to participate. Subscribe to ISU-OLC.

Blackboard Suggestion Box

To submit your suggestions for new features or enhancements and vote on existing suggestions:

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Click on Already part of the feedback group?
  3. Use the standard login.
  4. Go to Don’t have an account? And submit your email address.

Once confirmed you will be able to submit your ideas and vote on existing suggestions.