Getting Started in Blackboard Original (Students)


Understand how to get started using the web or mobile version of Blackboard Original for students.


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Getting to your courses in Blackboard

Determining if your class uses Blackboard, Canvas, or a different tool

Over the next several semesters, Canvas will be replacing Blackboard as OHIO's preferred learning management system (LMS). To foster a positive student experience, colleges are transitioning to Canvas in phases. You may have some courses using Blackboard, while other courses use Canvas or a different technology. 

To find where your courses will be taught: 

  1. Log in to Blackboard at Navigate to your "Courses" tab in the left navigation menu. Blackboard will populate every course you’re currently enrolled in but the courses will appear locked until your instructor makes them available to you.  

    • If the courses are locked, select “More Info” to see if your instructor provided additional information about which tools your course will be using. 

    • If the courses are open, you’ll likely be using Blackboard. 

  2. If your courses are not open in Blackboard, check Canvas. Log in to Canvas at Look for your courses on your Dashboard page or in the "Courses" tab in the left navigation menu.

    • Tip: Both Blackboard and Canvas can be accessed via the Go OHIO app

  3. If you’re unsure which platform your course will use, please email your instructor. They can tell you where the course is being taught and when it will become available.  

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

Additional resources



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