Student Tutorials

Blackboard Student Essentials

The following videos are intended to provide a very basic introduction to the Blackboard learning environment.

Blackboard Student Orientation

“How To” video tutorials

Courtesy of Grand Valley State College and Blackboard Inc.

Printable Blackboard Quickstart guide

Tech-Tips for students

  • Be sure your browser and operating system are compatible with Blackboard by checking the list of Supported Browsers, Plugins & Operating Systems for Blackboard 9
  • Avoid taking exams late at night, in the early morning hours, or any other time when support is limited.
  • You can learn about current Blackboard system status as well as view the regular maintenance schedule here.  We perform maintenance on our Blackboard server in the early morning hours and during that time, you may become disconnected from the server.
  • Invest in a USB thumb drive and use it to back up all of your schoolwork. You can never be too safe when it comes to saving your work.
  • Do not write long posts directly into the Blackboard Discussion board. Instead, compose your message in Notepad (or Textedit for Mac users) and then copy and paste it into Blackboard. Avoid using Microsoft Word for composing your postings, as it has been known to cause problems.
  • At the beginning of each term, if your registered classes don’t show up in Blackboard, please contact the instructor. They may not have loaded them yet and they usually don’t until the first day of term.



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