Your Blackboard Course

Quick Tips

This is an overview of how to get started in your Blackboard course. Please note that your course may look different from these images, depending on your instructor's course design choices. Your instructor is your first resource for finding course materials and other items inside your Blackboard course. Check with them first if you have a question regarding something in the course.

An online course has a unique culture and etiquette. Unlike popular social media that you may already be using in your daily life, such as Facebook or Twitter, online course etiquette more closely resembles that of a traditional, on-campus course. See Online Course Etiquette for some guidelines you can follow to help you be successful in your online course.

For quick tutorials and other training material for Blackboard, see Blackboard On Demand.

Make sure you are using the correct browser.

Refer to System Configuration for current information about browsers and operating systems that are compatible with Blackboard 9.1. Please note that even browsers and operating systems listed as compatible may still encounter problems, especially if you have plug-ins installed or are using unique settings.

Important information about Internet Explorer and Firefox: IE 9 and Firefox 4 are now available to download. If you are using either of these browsers, you may be prompted to upgrade to the latest version. Do not upgrade to IE 9 or Firefox 4. They are not supported by Blackboard and serious functionality problems may occur. If you have already upgraded to it, please uninstall and download the previous versions. Links to previous version downloads can be found on System Configuration.

Make sure your Java is up-to-date.

Java logoEnsuring that your Java is up-to-date eliminates many problems you may encounter in Blackboard. If you receive a Java error, try updating your Java before exploring alternatives.


Log in to Blackboard. login pageGo to and log in with your NetID and password.

Check your course list.

list of courses in the Courses moduleYour courses are listed on the landing page once you log in to Blackboard. The landing page is called “My Blackboard” and you can access it any time from the My Blackboard tab at the top left of the page. On the My Blackboard page, there are several different labeled areas known as “modules.” The courses you are enrolled in are listed in the top left module titled Course List and may be accessed from those links.

Click on the title of the course to enter it. You will then be transferred to the course landing page. If you do not see any courses listed on your Courses list, contact your instructors to ensure they are using Blackboard.

Check the announcements.

AnnouncementsMany courses use the announcements section as the landing page. Your instructor may use this tool to communicate important information to you during the semester.

Your instructor may or may not use the announcements tool, and instead use a different area as the landing page.

View the syllabus.

Course ContentMany courses use a separate section to hold the syllabus. Click on this menu link to access the syllabus. Verify the location of the syllabus with your instructor.

Get familiar with the course menu.

Course MenuThe course menu contains links to different areas or tools within your course. Each course may have a different menu. Familiarize yourself with each menu area.