Before viewing other tutorials please make sure you understand the basics of Blackboard. The basics include logging into GSU's Blackboard, accessing the Global Navigation menu, entering and navigating a course, etc.

Faculty may access the content below specifically for Blackboard. Content for planning, developing, and delivering online courses can be accessed from the Instructional Continuity Planning page.

Before you Login to Blackboard

  • Technology Requirements

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    You should be able to use all of the main features in Blackboard, but certain features may require you to enable a plug-in or update its version.

    Open the Technology Requirements page to make sure your device is Blackboard ready.

  • Download Blackboard Instructor App

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    Please proceed to the App Store or Google Play to download the app. You may search for Blackboard or use the links provided on the Install App and Login web tutorial.

  • Password Reset

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    If you forgot your password, you may reset it using the Password Reset Tool.

    Open the Forgot Password tutorial text tutorial to learn more.

    Username and password issues, even for Blackboard, are handled by the ITS Helpdesk. They can be reached at 708.534.4357 or email help@govst.edu.

Login to Web Version of Blackboard and Navigate

  • Login to Web Version of Blackboard

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    This tutorial will discuss multiple ways to login to Blackboard NewLearn.

    Open the Blackboard Login text tutorial to learn more.

  • Enter and Navigate Courses

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    This tutorial will discuss how to enter and navigate a course. If you are working from a device with smaller screen width, you may encounter the mobile responsive design theme.

    Open the Enter and Navigate Courses text tutorial to learn more.

  • Customize the My Institution page

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    This tutorial will discuss how to customize your view of the My Institution page. You will organize the page, add modules, and remove modules.

    Open the Customizing the My Institution Page text tutorial to learn more.

  • Edit Blackboard Course List

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    This tutorial will discuss how to hide and/or reorder courses in your Course List.

    Open the Edit Blackboard Course List text tutorial or the Edit Blackboard Course List video tutorial to learn more.

  • Discussion Board

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    The discussion board tool is used for sharing thoughts and ideas with other individuals in your course. This tool can be accessed through the Discussion Board left navigation menu link, or within the Course Content menu link, which should contain learning modules, folders, or lesson plans.

    Open the Discussion Board text tutorial to learn more.

  • Assignments

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    Assignments can be accessed through the Assignments left navigation menu link, or within the Course Content menu link, which should contain learning modules, folders, or lesson plans.

    Open the Assignments text tutorial to learn more.

  • Tests

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    Quizzes, exams, or tests can be accessed through the Quizzes and Exams left navigation menu link, or within the Course Content menu link, which should contain learning modules, folders, or lesson plans.

    Open the Tests text tutorial to learn more.

  • Collaborate Ultra

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    Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is GSU's web conferencing software. Use Collaborate Ultra to create prerecorded lectures, create live lectures to interact with students enrolled in the course, create virtual office hours or just to communicate with students in the course.

    Open the Collaborate Ultra text tutorial to learn more.

Login to Blackboard Mobile App and Navigate

  • Login to Blackboard Instructor App

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    To login to the mobile app, please make sure to search and select "Governors State University". Login with the same GSU credentials (the same as the web version of GSU Blackboard Learn, myGSU portal and GSU email)

    BBStudentAppLogin
  • Feature Guide

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    The Feature Guide discusses where to access courses, provides a course overview, discusses due dates, the left navigation menu, and more.

    Open the Feature Guide web tutorial to learn more.

  • Discussion Board

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    The discussion board tool is used for sharing thoughts and ideas with other individuals in your course. This tool can be accessed through the Discussion Board left navigation menu link, or within the Course Content menu link, which may contain learning modules, folders, or lesson plans.

    Open the Discussions web tutorial to learn more.

  • Grading

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    You are able to grade in the Blackboard Instructor app, however, the app is limited to grade assignments only.

    Open the Assignments web tutorial to learn more.

  • Collaborate Ultra

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    Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is GSU's web conferencing software. Use Collaborate Ultra to create prerecorded lectures, create live lectures to interact with students enrolled in the course, create virtual office hours or just to communicate with students in the course.

    Please note that Collaborate Ultra on a mobile device does not support Application Sharing.

    Open the Collaborate Ultra web tutorial to learn more.

Additional Resources

  • Free Internet for two months

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    Please visit the Internet Essentials website for more information. Also note this information from the Comcast site regarding this offer:
    Offer ends December 31, 2021. Restrictions apply. Limited to Internet Essentials service from Xfinity for new residential customers meeting certain eligibility criteria. Offer limited to 2 months of complimentary Internet Essentials service (taxes excluded). After promotion, regular rates apply. Comcast current rate is $9.95/mo. (subject to change). Taxes extra. Pricing subject to change. Advertised price applies to a single outlet. Actual speeds may vary and are not guaranteed. For factors affecting speed visit www.xfinity.com/networkmanagement. If a customer is determined to be no longer eligible for the IE program, regular rates will apply to the selected Internet service. Subject to Internet Essentials program terms and conditions. May not be combined with other offers. Call 1-855-846-8376 for restrictions and complete details. © 2020 Comcast. All rights reserved.

    This information is provided as information only. GSU is not endorsing one product over another.
  • Microsoft Office 365

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    This tutorial will discuss where to download and access support for Microsoft Office 365 and where access support.

    GSU does manage Microsoft Office 365. For more information, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 708.534.4357 or email help@govst.edu
  • Mobile Hotspots

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    Using your smartphone as a wireless access point will allow other devices to connect to the internet.

    Open the Mobile Hotspot for Android text tutorial or Mobile Hotspot for iPhone text tutorial to learn more.

    For more information regarding mobile hotspots, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 708.534.4357 or email help@govst.edu