About Blackboard

What is Blackboard?

Blackboard (Bb) is our campus web-based learning platform. 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 term courses are turned on for students at the beginning of each term, some instructors turn off access and others allow the course to remain open, but without content.  

Blackboard Basic Information

Bb News and Information

We send information about Bb to Faculty by direct e-mail or through Postmaster.  Most email will be from BbSupport.

Urgent or important messages for Students and Faculty are placed on the Bb entry page, Bb Announcements, and the Bb Information Module.

Bb and Related Workshops

Faculty/Staff sessions offered during Fall and Spring Terms at the John Stuart Rogers Faculty Development Center (FDC - Building 30) are sponsored by the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (FCETL) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT).

See the Faculty Center page - Events - Workshops menu for the full schedule and information.

Faculty/Staff can schedule one-on-one and small group Bb training sessions.
Contact Bob, BbSupport@csustan.edu, 667-3898, to arrange group sessions.

Students, contact the Technology Support Desk, L-150, 667-3687, for technical assistance.  
Students must contact the instructor first for course content assistance, especially assessments and assignments.

What Do I Need to Use Bb?

  • A computer with an Internet connection, high-speed or broadband recommended.
    For tests, use a hard-wired connection; avoid WiFi (wireless) or a mobile device.
    Keep your operating system, applications, and virus/malware protection up to date.
  • The ability to navigate the Web; download and upload files; open, save/save as/export/share, and close files; and use computer applications.
  • Software such as an Office Suite with Word Processor, Spreadsheet, and Presentation applications.
    Some instructors may require special multi-media software applications for image, video, and audio files.
    Many instructors prefer you submit documents in Microsoft formats (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
    Check with your instructor for specific software requirements for class.
  • We recommend Firefox for all Bb activity.
    BB Browser Support with Browser Checker.

Bb Updates and Maintenance

Bb update and maintenance announcements are posted in Bb Announcements, on the Bb Entry Page, and on the Bb Information Module.
Faculty may also receive email announcements from BbSupport.

We advise not taking tests nor uploading/downloading files during those times, even when Bb is available.
Some updates require Bb service to be suspended until the process is complete.

Mobile Apps

Stan State Mobile 
- iOS and Android
Includes a Bb component

Blackboard Apps 
- iOS, Android, Windows

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