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. Please use the Blackboard Student Orientation course (located in your Course List in Blackboard) as another assistance tool.

Students may access the content below individually or altogether on the Students: Getting Started in Blackboard flyer or view the Blackboard Student Orientation video.

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.

  • Succeed Online

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    In order to succeed online, please stay current, plan for the unplanned, and fit coursework into your schedule.

    Open the Succeed Online web tutorial to learn more.

  • Download Blackboard Student 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.

    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.

  • 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 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 may 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 may 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 watch prerecorded lectures from your Instructor, access live lectures to interact with other members in the course, access virtual office hours or just to communicate with other members in the course.

    Open the Collaborate Ultra text tutorial to learn more.

 

Login to Blackboard Mobile App and Navigate

  • Login to Blackboard Student 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
  • 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.

  • Assignments

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

    Open the Assignments web tutorial to learn more.

  • Tests

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    Quizzes, exams, or tests can be accessed through the Quizzes and Exams section, or within the Course Content section, which may contain learning modules, folders, or lesson plans.

    Please note that depending on the type of Test, you may be prompted to access the web version of Blackboard Learn.

    Open the Tests web tutorial to learn more.

  • Collaborate Ultra

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    Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is GSU's web conferencing software. Use Collaborate Ultra to watch prerecorded lectures from your Instructor, access live lectures to interact with other members in the course, access virtual office hours or just to communicate with other members in the course.

    Please note that if you are promoted to the Presenter or Moderator role, 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