How to use Blackboard

To access your course, click on the course link. Each course may vary in colors, titles, and content however you will navigate each course the same way. After entering a course, you will always see the “Course Announcements”. Always read these messages from your instructor carefully. Also, note the navigation links on the left side of the screen (Assignments, Syllabus, My Grades, etc.). You can move around within the course by clicking on these links.

For more information on navigating Blackboard visit the On Demand Blackboard Student Learning Center at http://ondemand.blackboard.com/students.htm

Also see the Blackboard Student User Manual at: http://help.blackboard.com/student/index.htm.

The Student User Manual can also be found under “tools” in Blackboard.

Blackboard Overview Guide

  • Once you login to blackboard you will see a listing of courses you are registered for on the mid-right, Please double check to make sure that the courses on your student schedule matches the ones listed in the My Courses tab. 
    Notice: It is ok to have previous semester courses on this listing.

NOTE:  You must login to each course at least once a week (does not matter what time of the day or what day of the week it is!) in order for attendance to count.

  • In order to login to a course to get started with the class lectures, assignment and discussion you must click on the link of that course from the My Courses listing.
  • Once you are logged in to the course, you can click on the links in the left frame to get started with:
    • Announcements
    • Instructor
    • Course Outline
    • Textbooks
    • Lectures
    • Assignments
    • Discussion Board
    • Tools
    • My Grades
  • If you have any questions please fill free to contact your instructor.

Announcements

After logging into Blackboard, on your homepage you should be able to see “My Announcements”

My Announcements

My Announcements also notifies you of the latest updated announcements any one of your instructors has posted on each individual class.


Class Announcements

Discussion Board

The Discussion Board, a forum in which students and their Instructor are to discuss any work related topics that have to do with each individual class.  Often an instructor would post a discussion question that requires you to give feedback.  Your feedback will be counted as class participation toward the final grade.

Discussion Board 

Question:   What is a forum?
Answer:   A forum, or message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. Forums have a specific set of jargon associated with them; e.g. a single conversation is called a "thread."

A forum is hierarchical or tree-like in structure: a forum can contain a number of sub forums, each of which may have several topics. Within a forum's topic, each new discussion started is called a thread, and can be replied to by as many people as wish to.

Instructor Information

To find out more information on your instructor, click on the Instructor button as shown below.

Instructor Information

Required Textbooks

In each course, a textbook may be required upon the course or instructors request.

Required Textbooks

Down below is an example of what the required textbook page for each course should look like.

Required Textbooks

You may purchase text books in the Bursar office.


Course Outline

Each course carries an outline, provided and designed by each individual instructor.

Course Outline

Your Course Outline will explain what your instructor expects of each student, your assignments and discussions, etc.

Course Outline


Lecture Notes

To view lecture notes, just simply follow the steps in the images below.

Lecture Notes

You may also download each individual chapter as a file, provided that the instructor allows it.

Lecture Notes


Viewing Assignments

Each course has an assignment button. You may view your assignments by clicking on this button and viewing each home work and/or assignment that was assigned by the instructor.

Viewing Assignments

To send homework or assignments to the instructor, first you must go into the assignment.


 Sending Homework and assignments

Viewing & Submitting Assignments Continued…

  1. You will be redirected to a submission form.
  2. You can either do the homework on the form or submit the homework as a word document and attach it as a file.
  3. When doing homework, please make sure you leave your full name as enrolled into the class.
  4. Enter any comments you would like to convey to your instructor concerning this file in the
    comment box and click Submit button.

Submit button.

Your file will be sent to the instructor.

This information is available to you in a PDF format, click here to read it.