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Blackboard Orientation For Students

Blackboard Orientation for Students

Following is a curated playlist with videos that provide an overview of common tools and functionality in Blackboard Learn, the Learning Management System (LMS) used at our University.

Navigating in a Course

Learn how to find course materials and navigate within a Blackboard space using the Course Menu and other features.


Assignments are created by your instructor and are used for submitting homework and other written work, such as research projects and reflection papers. This tutorial shows you how to access assignments, download and edit an assignment file, and submit to Blackboard.


In discussion forums, you can share thoughts and ideas about class materials. In Blackboard Learn, course members can have the thoughtful discussions that take place in the traditional classroom, but with the advantages of asynchronous communication. Participants don't need to be in the same location or time zone, and you can take the time to consider your responses carefully. Using Discussions.

Working in Groups

Your instructor can use groups to allow you and your classmates to interact with each other. Within your group you can collaborate on assignments, projects and share files. Work in Student Groups

Set Notifications

You can choose the types of notifications you receive and how they're delivered to you. This video shows you how to customize your notification preferences.


Juggling competing responsibilities isn't easy. The calendar displays a consolidated view of all your events. Use the Calendar to Manage Priorities.

Ally for Students

Blackboard Ally works within your Original courses to provide accessible course content in a format that works best for you. Accessible files include readable text for screen readers, pictures with captions, and easy-to-navigate content. Ally for Students.

My Grades

You can see grades for all of your courses or one course at a time. Check your Grades

Mobile Access: Download the Blackboard App

The Blackboard Learn app gives you access to grades, course content, and more on your mobile device. Available for iOS and Android.

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