Getting Started in Blackboard Original (Students)

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Getting to your courses in Blackboard

Determining if your class uses Blackboard 

Instructors are not required to use the LMS, some course sites are never opened.  If in doubt, students should check with the instructor to confirm that a course will, or will not, make use of Blackboard. For more information, visit Troubleshooting access to your Blackboard course.

Logging into Blackboard

  • Using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, go to and log in with your OHIO ID and password.

Finding your Courses 

  • View past, present, and future classes on the Courses page.
    • Blackboard course sites become accessible to the Instructor of Record eight (8) weeks prior to the course start date; however, students are not loaded until two (2) weeks prior to the start date. Additionally, your instructor must make the course site available to students before you can access it.

Viewing grades and feedback

Navigating Blackboard

Become familiar with various features and tools available inside each of your courses.

Navigating outside a course 

Monitoring the activity stream

Viewing announcements 

  • Your instructor will communicate important, time-sensitive information on the course Announcements page.

Viewing your calendar 

  • Use the calendar to keep track of upcoming assignments, events, and other due dates.

Updating your profile 

  • Customize your Blackboard Profile, configure your notifications settings, and add your cloud storage accounts.

Downloading the Blackboard mobile app

  • Use the Blackboard Mobile App to view courses, participate in discussions, and interact with your instructor.

Get help from OIT

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