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Teaching Online Classes: What is Blackboard

This guide introduces Blackboard and shows examples of how to teach information literacy in an online environment. This guide also shows how to get Blackboard help! Guide created by: Jane Verostek

What is Blackboard?

Visit the Blackboard website to learn more about this software that we have access to.

Below is text from the Higher Education section of the Blackboard website.

Create an Improved Educational Experience

Teaching and learning in Higher Ed is very different now than it was just 3 years ago. Students have different expectations, consumption patterns, and needs. Their expectations are higher, especially regarding technology. Creating a better educational experience today requires different tools, technology, and thinking by academic leaders. 

Academic leaders are struggling with the increase in non-traditional students. More working students, more students who are re-entering the professional workforce and more diverse students all need the added flexibility and access that fully online programs offer.

Beyond the obvious revenue generation benefits, fully online programs can also provide an improved educational experience. When your institution uses Blackboard it benefits from a more personalized approach to online learning—face-to-face collaboration, integrated social learning tools, and instant access to course materials and lectures—no matter where your students happen to be.

How do I access Blackboard?

How do I access Blackboard?

To access Blackboard to set up an online course go to:

Login using your NetID information.

When you log in you will see current courses that you teach and also past courses that you have taught.

There will also be tabs running across the top of the screen - from these tabs you can view:



Faculty Support

Student Support

Blackboard Known Issues

There is also the email and phone number to contact at S.U. for Blackboard help: or 443-2677.

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