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New to Blackboard

Step 1: Accessing Blackboard

Accessing Blackboard is easy and everyone has access!  Just point your web browser to and click on "PirateNet" in the upper right hand corner. To log in directly to BlackBoard, click on the BlackBoard button and enter in your PirateNet credentials. After entering in your username and password, you will find your list of courses automatically populated with your current students. Every course listed with the University Registrar has a Blackboard course shell automatically created. Any student who registers for your class will automatically appear on your Blackboard roster. 

Blackboard is an easy way to provide course information, communicate with students, and assess students all in one place. It is available 24x7. Note: If you do not see your course listed, please follow up with your department chair or secretary to ensure that you have been added as the instructor of record in Banner Administrative System.

Step 2: Creating Your Course

Now that you are able to login, simple click the course and section in which you would like to enter. Once you access a section, you can begin to create course information, upload existing information (Word or PowerPoint files), communicate with students, etc. Learn how to use the tools available in Blackboard by viewing our tutorials or FAQ's. Training sessions are also available face to face or offered online via WebEx. Visit the Computer Training Classroom (CTC) to register for upcoming training sessions.

Step 3: Enhancing Your Course

Take Blackboard to the next level by working with your Instructional Designer to enhance academic environments. Instructional Designers offer support and consultation to faculty in the evaluation, selections, implementation and user of instructional technology. Find the Instructional Designer assigned to your department »