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Academic Technology Launchpad: Navigating Blackboard

Quick Guide to computer and academic technology resources for students.

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  •     MATC's online Learning Management System used with many courses

Navigation - Getting around in My Blackboard

Global Navigation and My Blackboard - My Blackboard provices quick access to useful tools and resources, as well as links to your courses.

Course-To-Course Navigation

This feature may help you more quickly navigate between courses. 

From your My Blackboard page, click on the hyperlinked name or title of a course to access that course. Note: If you click on an announcement, you will only see the announcements page, not all of your course materials.

Navigation - Getting around in a Course

Instructors can set up course materials in many ways. Each course may have different menu items. For example, course information, syllabus, assignments, quizzes, instructor information, course content, are often used. Some instructors organize information by week 1, week 2, etc. Others may have unique menu items that fit well with that particular course.

Generally, use the course menu structure on the left hand side of your screen to navigate through a course. More information:

Check your course syllabus, emails and announcements from your instructor to learn how you will be using Blackboard with your course, and how you should progress through the course materials.

You may also find the breadcrumb trail top navigation useful for finding your way back to pages you have visited.


You can edit your notifications: 

  • Using global navigation, click on the clock icon for updates, and the number displayed should go away.
  • You can also click the gear icon on that updates page and uncheck any courses that you don’t want notifications to display for, or use the notifications dashboard link to choose their personalized notification settings. 

FAQ: Course Materials Missing

FAQ: Why don't I see my course materials?

Top 5 answers:

1. check that on the myblackboard page, you click on the name or title of the course under My Courses module. Do not click on an announcement under a course name or on the myannouncements module. Clicking on an announcement will only show you announcements, not the whole course.  

2. In the course itself, check to make sure you haven’t accidentally hidden the menu bar. If you don't see a menu bar on the left, it might have been hidden. Look on the left side of the screen about a third of the way down the page. Roll your mouse over that area, and hover. If you see a little arrow type button appear, click it and the menu bar should come back. Clicking again will hide it. bb hide arrow

3. If that doesn’t work, towards the upper left corner in a block with the course name, you may see another small grey triangle icon to the left of the course name, which collapses the menu bar. Clicking that will expand, or collapse, the menu. 

4. Waitlist students with Guest access in a course will not see all materials. 

5. Instructors may make materials available on a certain date or even during a particular time. Check for any assignment information regarding dates and times.