Cookies and Privacy Information for CourseSites

Date Published:  5/25/2012
Versions: Ongoing

CourseSites by Blackboard™ makes use of the following cookie and related technologies for the described purposes below.   These disclosures are made consistent with Blackboard privacy policies and regulations such as the EU Privacy directive.  For more information visit our Privacy Center at

About Cookies

A cookie is a file issued from a website, Internet based application or Internet delivered content to an end user’s connected device (e.g. web browser, smartphone, etc).  Cookies may be used to uniquely identify a user.  They may be used to track individual preferences and other information about a web user. Blackboard products use this technology to provide secure learning experiences, track usage and manage application performance.  Third party content may be embedded on pages within Blackboard products.  This third party content may include cookies from the content issuer. See third party cookies (below) for more details.

How this product obtains End User Consent for Cookies

A visitor connecting to the website that hosts this product will be issued cookies that are strictly necessary for security and application performance.  This product will provide the user with a dialogue box which informs the user that the cookie is being set and obtains the users consent to the cookie .   After the user has reviewed the notice and accepted the cookie, the user may continue to use the software product.   The user may not use the product without accepting the cookies.  

First Party Cookies and Related Technologies

Cookie Cookie Name Purpose
Google Analytics _utma
These cookies are used by Blackboard to measure usage of the CourseSites service.  These cookies collect information in an anonymous form via the Google Analytics application, including the number of visitors to our site, pages visited, duration of visit and other demographic information.
Session id tracking JSESSION Used for session tracking. It keeps the information about the current user session so that users do not need to identify themselves repeatedly. Nobody else can identify the user using this cookie.  This is used by the tomcat webserver
Session Id tracking Session_id Stores the session ID for non-secure requests
Session Id tracking S_session_id Stores the session ID for secure requests
Accessibility Used to track whether the current session should be displayed using the high contrast option
Local Guest.session.locale Used to store the locale information for someone logged in as a guest
SCORM player MTMCookie Used by ther SCORM player to track if cookies can be used
Tree Viewer *_selnd,tree_* Used by the tree viewer javascript to store node information (selected, expanded etc)
Outcomes navigation Clp_nav_menuarea_* Used by outcomes to track navigation and menu selections
Test cookie Cookies_enabled A test cookie to make sure the browser has cookies enabled
Blackboard Drive Xythosdrive Used for detecting if Blackboard Drive is installed on the local computer
Cookie consent confirmation Cookie_consent_accepted This cookie tells the server that the user has already given the consent for storing cookies so the user will no longer be asked for consent when logging in. It contains no user identifying data.
HelpDesk Cookies email
These cookies are used in launching the CourseSites help desk.  Email data is encrypted in the cookie.  These cookies automatically expire after 24 hours.  User name is the first name and last name of the user as provided during CourseSites registration.


Third Party Cookies

Content and Tools used in conjunction with Blackboard products may install additional cookies on your computer.   We have made an effort to collect and note these items below for disclosure.  These cookies are subject to privacy policies of the issuing site or service and not controlled by Blackboard or the institution operating Blackboard software.  Organizations using Blackboard products should examine the content provided and determine if this material is consistent with their privacy policies.  If you do not agree with the use of cookies in the following manner, as well as outlined by the applicable organization which controls the cookie, do not use the applicable product.


Item Cookies Blackboard Data Sharing: Description & Purpose Third Party &Privacy Policy
Add This uvc
These cookies are used by the Add This service.  CourseSites uses this service to facilitate sharing with social media such as twitter, facebook, etc.  No personally identifying information is shared between Add This and CourseSites.  For privacy information about these cookies see:
Twitter Cookies _utma
Blackboard uses Twitter Widgets to enable visitors to see real time feeds from the twitter social media service.  These widgets are described by Twitter at the following URL
Twitter Privacy Policy

Storage of User Preferences and Personal Information

Users Preferences and Personal Information Stored Locally on your Computer or Terminal Device

Item Description Potential for Disclosure to Other Users Removal
Session & Login Information This application stores your user session locally in a browser cookie (noted above).  This cookie persists until you log out of the Blackboard Learn application. If you fail to log out of the Blackboard Learn application and leave the terminal device without closing the entire browser application, this information could be used by other users of the same terminal device or computer. Log out of the Blackboard Learn Application. 
Email, First and Last Name A cookie is used to hand this information off to the help site. If you are using a shared computer it may be possible for someone to recover this information. Remove Cookies from your web browser.
Course List Local HTML storage is used to improve access times for your list of currently enrolled courses On a shared computer it may be possible for someone to recover this information Clear your browser cache.

Users Preferences and Personal Information Stored On the Remote Server Supporting this Application


The User Profile tool accessible from the “My CourseSites” tab provides information about your current privacy settings and the personal information you have provided to Blackboard.  You may update or remove specific information from this tool.  You may also adjust your privacy settings to indicate how you would like to be listed in the courses in which you are participating.  

Requesting Removal of Your CourseSites Account

To remove stored materials from this service contact the CourseSites support team by visiting  We may request additional identification information for purposes of verifying the request to have your account removed.

Tracking of Activities and Usage

This software monitors your usage as your interact with it.  This information is collected and shared consistent with the privacy policies noted above.    The laws governing such a disclosure vary, depending on where the server is stored and the application is being used. You are advised to consult counsel of our choice regarding applicable laws and regulations.  Blackboard may attempt to limit the disclosure of this information consistent with Blackboard’s legal advice and our privacy policies.