Blackboard

What is Blackboard?

Login to Blackboard

Helpdocs offers "how to" help for students and faculty. If you just need to login to Blackboard, go to my.oregonstate.edu

Video Tutorial: New Features

Blackboard Service Pack 13 was installed as of December 23rd, 2013. Watch the Global Navigation and My Blackboard tutorial for information on some of these new features, then go to TAC's Blackboard Self-Paced Learning page for videos on other new features such as Inline Assignment Grading and Social Learning Tools.

Blackboard is an on-line virtual classroom. It is a teaching and learning environment, as well as a configurable portal for the OSU community. Blackboard allows instructors to administer tests and quizzes, post grades and lecture notes, and host discussion boards. Through Blackboard, students are able to contact their instructors and classmates, keep a calendar, and maintain an address book.

Note: Not all instructors use Blackboard. Contact your instructor if you are unsure of the availability of a course.

Who Has Access?

Blackboard is available to anyone with an ONID (OSU Network ID) account (Set up an ONID account here) Accounts are accessible immediately following the activation of your ONID account.

Access to individual courses taught using Blackboard requires registration in the course. Course availability and course materials is available for preview at the discretion of the instructor. Guests may preview portal material by clicking the "Preview" button on the login page.

Service Pack 13 Upgrade

Blackboard has been upgraded to Service Pack 13. Improvements include:

For more details about this upgrade, please visit the Service Pack 13 Upgrade announcement.

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Blackboard Help for Instructors

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For Additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), visit http://my.oregonstate.edu and click on "Search OSU Blackboard FAQ" on the left side, or click on the Support tab in the top menu.

Instructor Resources

Phone Support - Please check the Supported By or ECampus Instructors blocks on the right for contact information based on your OSU affiliation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - For additional Blackboard walkthroughs, you can search the Blackboard FAQ.

  • Go to http://my.oregonstate.edu.
  • Click on the "Search OSU Blackboard FAQ" on the left hand side, or click on the "Support" tab in the top menu.

Workshops and Courses - Regular classes are offered through Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC).

OSU Extended Campus Tutorial - OSU Extended Campus' Course Development site provides detailed methods and tutorials for faculty providing instruction and materials online:

E-mail Class Groups - Instructions on using the Outlook enabled Class Groups to communicate with students can be found here.

Blackboard Grade Center - For more information about the Blackboard Grade Center, visit the Technology Across the Curriculum website.

Video Tutorials, Service Pack 13 Update - New features as of 12/23/2013.

Blackboard Help for Students

bb_logo Common Student Questions

For Additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), visit http://my.oregonstate.edu and click on "Search OSU Blackboard FAQ".

Student Resources

Technical assistance - Please see the "Supported by" block located to the right for the various methods of contact.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - For additional Blackboard walkthroughs, you can search the Blackboard FAQ.

Test Preperation Guide - A guide to preparing your computer for test taking on Blackboard.  

Student Blackboard GEMs - Instructional videos for common student tasks in Blackboard including viewing grades and using the discussion board.

Video Tutorials, Service Pack 13 Update - New features as of 12/23/2013.

Change Language in Blackboard

To change your default language in Blackboard:

  1. Go to the Blackboard Home Page and log in with your ONID Username and Password
  2. Click the Personal Information link in the upper left hand corner

    Note:
    Click on any of the images below for a larger view

    language step 2
  3. Click the Change Personal Settings link
  4. language step 3

  5. In section #2 (Select Language Pack), select your preferred language from the drop-down menu
  6. language step 4

  7. Click the Submit button in the lower right hand corner

Blackboard should then display in the language you specified.

Update Java

Many issues with Blackboard can be solved by uninstalling and reinstalling Java. You can select your operating system from the list below for instructons on fixing Java.

Commonly Impacted Blackboard Areas

  • Text entry that uses the visual editor
    • e.g Discussion board
  • Collaboration tools

Operating System

 

Windows Vista/7

  1. Open Computer by either double clicking on the icon on your desktop, or by clicking the start button and then Computer.
  2. Click "Uninstall or change a program" near the top of the window.
    Uninstall or change a program.
  3. Scan through the list and uninstall all Java items.
    Uninstall Java
  4. Browse to http://java.com/
  5. Click the Free Java Download button.
  6. Install the downloaded software.
  7. Close browser windows.
  8. Open http://my.oregonstate.edu/ and test to see if the issue has been resolved.

 

Windows XP

  1. Open the Control Panel by clicking Start > Control Panel or Start > Settings > Control Panel.
  2. Click "Add or Remove Programs".
    Add or Remove Programs
  3. Scan through the list and remove all Java items.
    Remove Java
  4. Browse to http://java.com/
  5. Click the Free Java Download button.
  6. Install the downloaded software.
  7. Close browser windows.
  8. Open http://my.oregonstate.edu/ and test to see if the issue has been resolved.

 

MAC OS

  1. Open the Apple menu and click Software Update...
     
  2. If your Java program needs updating, the Software Updater with automatically update it.
  3. Close browser windows.
  4. Open http://my.oregonstate.edu/ and test to see if the issue has been resolved.

Blackboard on your Mobile Device

iOS appearance

What can you do with Blackboard Mobile?

You can access your OSU Blackboard course and organization sites on your smartphone or tablet with the Blackboard Mobile app. The mobile app works on Apple (iOS 6.0 or later) and Android devices (version 2.3 or later).

Instructors and students can download the Blackboard app directly from the Apple or Android store for $1.99 for a lifetime license. The mobile app allows you to use some of the features of a Blackboard course site: view and post announcements, use discussion boards and blogs, view class lists, view grades, and check tasks.

How to purchase your Blackboard mobile Application

Demos & Guides for Blackboard Mobile

Limitations of Blackboard Mobile

Instructors Students
  • Do not manage course content such as entering course information or instructions and uploading course documents, etc.
  • Do not create assessments such as creating assignments, tests, quizzes or surveys.
  • Do not enter or adjust grades in the Grade Center
  • Do not complete assignments, tests and surveys.
  • Flash (Including YouTube, Adobe Presenter), Silverlight and Windows Media player are amoung the multimedia formats that are not supported.

** Please note that a desktop or laptop computer is required for full functionality of all Blackboard course features. Some work should be done on a laptop or desktop rather than via the Blackboard Mobile app.