Learning Management System

A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting, automation and delivery of educational courses, training programs or learning and development programs. NDSU has multiple platforms available to faculty, staff and students.


Blackboard Learn

Blackboard is the official Learning Management System for NDSU that connects students, faculty and staff both inside and outside of the class room. Many instructors use Blackboard to: 

  • Share course syllabi and materials 
  • Distribute class assignments 
  • Assign tests 
  • Post grades and feedback 
  • Facilitate student collaboration and more

Google Classroom

Google classroom offers flexible ways to organize communications, files and other resources in a team environment. Google Classroom should not be seen as a substitute or replacement for Blackboard. Blackboard remains the officially supported Learning Management System (LMS) at NDSU.


LON-CAPA (Learning Online Network with Computer-Assisted Personalized Approach) is an LMS used by the NDSU Physics Department for multiple courses.

Intended Audience

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students

Using this service


24/7/365 [*Standard outages]

Support contact

IT Help Desk



University-funded: no charge.

Getting Started

If you are a student, consult with your instructor on where your course content is. If you are a faculty member, you should use Blackboard unless you have a specific disciplinary need for an alternative.

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