What is Blackboard?
Blackboard (Bb) is our web-based learning 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. Although all courses are visible to students at the beginning of each term, some instructors turn off access and others allow the course to remain open, but without content.
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 Bob, 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. Call your instructor for content assistance, especially assessments.
What Do I Need to Use Blackboard?
- A computer with an Internet connection, high-speed or broadband recommended.
Use a hard-wired connection for taking tests; avoid WiFi (wireless) or a mobile device.
Keep your computer operating system, applications, and virus/malware protection up to date.
- The ability to navigate the Web; download and upload files; open, save, and close files; and use computer applications.
- 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.
Check with your instructor for specific software requirements for class.
- We recommend Firefox for all Bb activity.