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Academic Technology Launchpad for Students: Blackboard

Quick Guide to computer and academic technology resources for students.

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What is Blackboard? our online Course Management or Learning Management System for online, hybrid, or on-campus classes. 

Instructors may add materials like the syllabus, assignments, discussion boards, quizzes, links, and more to a Blackboard course.

Note: You probably won't see your course listed in Blackboard until the start date. Not all instructors use Blackboard. 

Getting started with a practice course

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Note: This is not the prerequisite Orientation to Online & Accelerated Learning Digital Measures Course required before enrolling into online courses.
If you would like access to a practice course - that may help you get started using Blackboard, either:
  • OR Self-enroll: Log into Blackboard. Use the Course Catalog module on your myBlackboard page. Search for a course titled Student Blackboard Orientation and you'll be able to self-enroll and explore. 


Blackboard will be unavailable during an upgrade to Bb 9.1 Q4 CU3 on Friday May 26, 2017 9:00 pm to Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00 pm. Blackboard will be available to Staff and Students on May 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Learn more

Scheduled Downtime - every weekday from 6:00 to 7:00 AM CST Blackboard may be offline for maintenance.  Do not use Blackboard during the maintenance window. Do not take quizzes during the maintenance window.