Skip to main content
Blackboard Help

Release Notes: SIS Central

SIS Central Release 3.1

Release Basics

Building Block Name: SIS Central

Latest Version: 2015.11.1

Date Released: March 2016

Minimum Learn Version: Blackboard Learn 9.1 Oct 2014

License Requirement: Standard with a K12 licensed version of Learn


SIS Central now supports enrollments of users, courses, and memberships with the DataLink client tool.

About SIS Central

The ultimate goal of SIS Central is to provide a single method and access point for clients to integrate their SIS/ERP system with licensed Blackboard solutions without having to set up separate integrations to each Blackboard product. The DataLink client tool is a Windows-based client tool that runs as a service on a Blackboard customer’s server and works with all major K12 Student Information Systems (SIS). With this release, Blackboard’s SIS Central now supports the following additional capabilities:

  • A seamless synchronization of enrollments between all Blackboard Learn deployment options and the DataLink client tool.
  • The integration supports the following Student Information Systems (SIS):
    • Aeries
    • eSchoolPLUS
    • Infinite Campus

    Future additional Student Information Systems (SIS) being considered include: Chalkable (InformationNOW), Synergy (Edupoint), Focus, Genesis, Illuminate, TxEIS, and Skyward.

New Features

  • Integration with the DataLink client tool – a windows-based client tool supporting an automated data integration of enrollments (users, courses, memberships) from DataLink to Learn via SIS Central.

    Check out the DataLink client tool video

  • Option in SIS Central for administrators to receive Admin Alerts via email.
  • Ability in SIS Central to pass SMS (text message) designated phone numbers to Connect 5 for PowerSchool customers.


  1. For Learn SaaS, this building block will automatically be installed, but must be activated for a new Learn instance.
  2. For Learn 9.1 October 2014 release and later, this building block can be obtained via Software updates or by downloading the building block from the SIS Central Building Block download page.

    More on installing and activating building blocks


  • Clients will need to have a Learn K12 license.
  • Clients will need to have a supported Student Information System (SIS).
  • Clients will need to have the DataLink client tool installed and connected to their SIS.
  • Requires system administrator access to Learn to Make Available the SIS Central Building Block and access the Blackboard SIS Central Service.
  • Requires selecting DataLink as the Data Source in Learn.

Deployment Recommendations

Clients who have existing courses in Blackboard Learn should review their integration objectives with a Blackboard Solutions Engineer before running their first enrollment job.

Default State

On a fresh install of a K12 licensed version of Learn, SIS Central Building Block is inactive by default, and will need to be activated, which can be completed from within the Building Block.

What's New in Review

What's New in Review

Release Date What's New

Date Released: December 2015

Minimum Learn Version: Blackboard Learn 9.1 Oct 2014

New Features:
  • Availability of SIS Central B2 for non-SaaS deployments of Learn 9.1.
  • Support for Parent/Child (merged) courses between Learn and SIS (once Parent/Child relationships are created in Learn post SIS Central Enrollments).
  • A new backend filter for first-time customer setup so that only current courses created in PowerSchool after a certain date are created in Learn. In doing so, customers avoid pulling in all historical courses that are no longer used or applicable for current and future students. PowerSchool 9.0 compatibility with SIS Central verified.

Resolved features:

  • Support for students enrolled in classes at a different school in the district.
  • Enhanced error information for the SIS Central Extraction Log to troubleshoot errors.