Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

Chapter 2 -

Blackboard Academic Suite

Gateway

Overview

To utilize the exciting features of the

Blackboard Academic Suite

users must have a valid username and password. The Gateway page welcomes users and provides a login button to access the Blackboard platform. Before logging in, a user must have a valid user name and password.

Note:

The

Blackboard Learning System

requires that cookies are enabled within the

Web browser.

Note:

The Institution may select to bypass the Gateway page. If this is the case, a

User accessing the URL will be directed to the My Institution tab and authenticated as a guest. Users may login to through a button on the header frame or a special portal module.

Functions

The following buttons appear on the Gateway page.

Note:

The

Course Catalog

and

Create Account

buttons may not appear depending on institutional preferences.

Function

Login

Description

Users can log into their account from the Blackboard

Gateway page.

Course Catalog

Browse the Course Catalog .

Create Account

Users can create an account to the Blackboard Gateway page.

In this chapter

This chapter includes the following topics.

Topic

Creating an

Account

Entry Page

Lost Password

Page

Course Catalog

Browsing the

Course Catalog

Description

Details how to create a Blackboard account with a user name, password and personal information. Depending on institutional preferences, this option may not be available to users.

Describes the page used to logon to Blackboard.

Details how to obtain a new password in the case that yours is lost.

Describes the Course Catalog for your institution

Details how to browse and search the Course Catalog for specific courses.

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Creating an Account

Overview

Users may create their own account from the Gateway page. In this area they can choose a user name and password, and fill out any personal information they choose.

Note:

The Administrator may make this option unavailable.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Create New Account page.

Step 1

Step 2

Enter the URL for the

Blackboard Learning System

into your Web browser.

Click

Create Account

from the Gateway page.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Create New Account page.

Field

Personal Information

First Name:

[r]

Middle Name:

Last Name:

Email:

[r]

Student ID:

[r]

Description

Enter the user ’ s first name.

Enter the user ’ s middle name.

Enter the user ’ s last name.

Enter the user ’ s email address.

Enter the user ’ s Student ID as defined by the institution.

Account Information

User Name:

[r]

Password:

[r]

Verify Password:

[r]

Other Information

Gender:

Birthdate:

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Enter a user name.

Enter a password.

Enter the password a second time to verify.

From the drop-down list select the user ’ s gender.

Enter the user ’ s birth date.

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Education Level:

Company:

Job Title:

Department:

Street 1:

Street 2:

City:

Country:

Web Site:

From the drop-down list select the user ’ s education level.

Enter the user

Enter the user

Enter the user

Enter the user

’ s company. s job title. s department.

Enter the first line of the user s city.

’ s address.

Enter the second line of the user ’ s address.

State/Province:

Enter the user ’ s state.

Zip Code/Postal Code:

Enter the contact ’ s ZIP code or postal code.

Home Phone:

Work Phone:

Work Fax:

Mobile Phone:

Enter the contact ’ s country.

Enter the URL of the user ’ s personal Web site. When adding a URL, do so as http://www.blackboard.com, not www.blackboard.com or blackboard.com.

Enter the user ’ s home phone number.

Enter the user ’ s work phone number.

Enter the user ’ s fax number.

Enter the user ’ s mobile phone number.

Secure your Password

Passwords enable users to access all of their personal information. To maintain security users should not use not share their password with others.

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Entry Page

Overview

User Manual

By logging into the

Blackboard Academic Suite

, users can access a secure environment to view courses, obtain course documents, view organization information and much more.

Note:

If the Administrator has enabled Portal Direct Entry, users will view the My

Institution page upon opening the

Blackboard Academic Suite

. Users may login to the system through this page.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Entry page.

Step 1

Step 2

Enter the URL for the

Blackboard Academic Suite

into your Web browser.

Click

Login

.

Fields

The table below details the entry fields on the Entry page.

Field

Account Login

Username:

Password:

Enter the User Name.

Enter password. The password and User Name must be entered exactly to login. The maximum number of characters in a password is 32. Passwords are case sensitive.

Description

Functions

The table below presents the functions available to users on the Entry page.

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To . . .

preview the

Blackboard Academic Suite

environment create an account obtain a new password login

Preview.

Create.

click . . .

Forget your password?

Lost Password page.

Login

after entering User Name and password in the fields.

to access the

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Lost Password

Overview

If users forget or lose their password, they must complete the Lost Password page to obtain a new password. Users will need to create a new password based on instructions received in an email from Blackboard. To receive password information, users must enter their first and last names. Additionally, users have the option of entering a user name or an email address to verify password information. Users must enter information in all the fields in the

Find User With User Name

section or all of the fields in the

Find User With Email

section.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Lost Password page.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Enter the URL for the Blackboard platform into your Web browser.

Click

Login

.

Click

Forgot Your Password?

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Lost Password page.

Field

Find User With User Name

First Name:

Last Name:

Description

Enter first name.

Enter last name.

Enter user name. This field is case sensitive.

User Name:

Find User With Email

First Name:

Last Name:

Email:

Enter first name.

Enter last name.

Enter email address.

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Course Catalog

Overview

The Course Catalog lists all courses offered at the institution in defined categories such as semester and subject matter. The Course Catalog page allows users to search for courses via keyword or a specific category. The Administrator sets the categories. The links in the Course Catalog allow users to view Instructor information and a course description. From that point, users are also able to enroll, preview, or log into a course depending on how the institution customizes the

Blackboard Learning System

.

Note:

The institution may choose to use a different Course Catalog other than the one provided with the

Blackboard Learning System

or no catalog at all.

Find this page

Follow the steps below to open the Browse Course Catalog page.

Step 1

Step 2

Enter the URL for the

Blackboard Learning System

into your Web browser.

Click

Browse Course Catalog

.

Functions

The table below details the available functions on the Course Catalog page.

To . . .

search for a course perform advanced searching browse the Course Catalog

click . . .

Go

after entering a keyword in the search box.

Advanced Search

hyperlink and provide the search criteria in the space provided, click

Search

. the hyperlink of the category or courses to view.

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Browsing the Course Catalog

Preview a course

From the Login page Students are able to browse the course catalog and preview courses as a guest. To browse the course catalog follow the steps below.

Step 1

Step 2

From the Welcome page, click

Preview

.

In the Courses common area, select a Course Catalog link.

Step 3

From the Course Catalog page, click the hyperlink of the course you wish to preview.

Note:

The Instructor determines whether Students are allowed to preview a course prior to enrollment. Thus, this option may not be available for all courses.

Search the Course Catalog

Follow the steps below to search for a course from the Course Catalog main page.

Step 1

Click the text box and enter the keyword or course

Step 2

Click

Search

.

Advanced Search: Users can search by course title or course ID by clicking

Advanced Search

View all courses in the Course Catalog

Follow the steps below to view all courses in the Course Catalog:

Click

Advanced Search

.

Select

List All

to view all courses.

Step 1

Step 2

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Part Two: Courses

Overview

Part Two Contents

This part of the

Blackboard Academic Suite User Manual

includes the following chapters:

 Chapter 3 – Course Content

 Chapter 4 – Communication

 Chapter 5 – Course Tools

Course Web sites include all of the information for a particular course. Course Content areas contain information on course areas such as Course Documents, Course

Information and Course Announcements. The Communication Tools enable users to interact with their fellow classmates and Instructors from the course Web site. Some of the tools included are Collaboration Tools, Discussion Boards and class Rosters.

Course Tools enable users to manage their work and individual information within a specific course. Users can edit their personal information, view the course calendar, and check their grades.

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