About Blackboard

What is Blackboard?

Blackboard (Bb) is our web-based course management system. Some faculty members use Bb for fully online courses, some for hybrid courses, and others for supplementing face-to-face courses. Some will not use it.

Faculty and students can share content and communicate with each other. Some courses will use discussion boards, online assessments, email, and more. The instructor decides which tools and features to use.

Students need to check with the instructor to verify Bb use.

Blackboard News and Information

We send information about Bb to Faculty by direct e-mail or through Postmaster. Urgent or important messages for Students and Faculty are placed on the Blackboard entry page or on Blackboard announcements.

Blackboard and Related Workshops

Faculty tutorials for individuals and small groups are available by reservation. Contact BbSupport-at-csustan.edu, 667-3898, to arrange tutorials.

Faculty sessions offered during Fall and Spring Terms at the John Stuart Rogers Faculty Development Center are sponsored by the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (FCETL) and the Office of Information Technology.
Visit the Faculty Center page and click the FCETL workshops link for the current term to see the schedule and information.

Students call the OIT Help Desk, 667-3687, for technical assistance.

What Do I Need to Use Blackboard?

  • A computer with an Internet connection, preferably high-speed or broadband. Use a hard-wired connection for taking tests, not WiFi (wireless).
    Keep the operating system, applications, and virus/malware protection up to date.
  • A supported Web browser (see Supported Browsers).
  • The ability to navigate the Web; download and upload files; open, save, and close files; and use computer applications, including zip and unzip.
  • Software such as an Office Suite with Word Processor, Spreadsheet, and Presentation applications. Some instructors may require multi-media software applications for image, video, and audio files.
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