Students should seek assistance from a librarian by visiting the Service Desk on the second floor of Goebel Hall or by calling (630) 617-3767.
Faculty should consult with their Departmental Library Liaison for Blackboard assistance.
On Thursday, March 26, 2020, Blackboard will update Blackboard to improve performance. The scheduled maintenance period will run from 1:00am CDT - 5:00am CDT. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra users will experience intermittent availability during this maintenance window.
On Saturday, March 28, 2020, Pearson will be updating several of their systems to improve performance and security. During this maintenance period, please do not try to access or work in these courses. Please remind your students not to access or work in these courses during the maintenance period.
The maintenance period will start on Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:00 a.m. CT (Midnight) and end on Saturday, March 28, 2020, 8:00 a.m. CT
ALL MyLab, MyLabsPlus, MyEnglishLab, Mastering, Modified Mastering, Learning Studio, Pearson Writer, and StatCrunch courses will be completely inaccessible to you.
Courses that do not contain any Pearson content will be accessible during this time.
Thank you for your understanding as Blackboard and Pearson work to improve performance and security. If you have questions, please reach out to youror the
Every 6-8 weeks Blackboard releases additions to the software that add new features, improves existing features or fixes software problems and bugs. Software is delivered without interruption. For more information, please follow the links below:
Blackboard FAQ’s (new as of March 11, 2020)
I am in Blackboard and I don't see my course listed on my welcome page. What should I do?
Because of the new Ultra Navigation system you will have to select "courses" from the list on the left. Contact your library liaison.
What if I want to start with a blank shell?
Your blank shell has already been created. Access your courses by logging into the portal and selecting the Blackboard link. You'll need to make your course “available” by clicking on the lock s
How do I get a new course?
Starting in January of 2014, all Blackboard shells will be created automatically and students will be automatically enrolled pulling information from Colleague. If you need a new course for any other reason, please contact your library liaison.
How do my students get enrolled?
Starting in January of 2014, all Blackboard shells will be created automatically and students will be automatically enrolled pulling information from Datatel. If students drop courses in Datatel in the first week of the semester, they will be automatically unenrolled within 24 hours from your Blackboard course.
How long will my course stay available?
Please note that all courses will be marked Unavailable in Blackboard four weeks after grades are due for the semester. Instructors will still have full access to these courses and can make them Available if need be.
How long will my new Blackboard course on the server?
Your course will remain on the server for 2 years plus one semester. Then it will be disabled (not deleted). Faculty will need to copy courses or archive to use in the future.
I have multiple sections of the same class. Can you combine them for me?
Yes, we course can be consolidated for a variety of reasons. This is accomplished by submitting a service ticket and using the category “Records and Registration” Here is an example of what the ticket should contain:
Please consolidate the following course sections for 16FA:
Continue adding all additional course sections
After the ticket has been created it is immediately sent to a dispatcher for review and if there are any questions you will be contacted. If you do not have a campus extension that you can be reached at, please provide a phone number. Otherwise we will contact you only via email. It is strongly discouraged that you combine courses after the semester starts.
There are a couple of new options for consolidating cross-listed and non-cross-listed courses.
1. Browser Choice
|Mobile and Tablet OS
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Use the browser checker tool to check for compatibility and recommended software upgrades.
2. Devices & Operating Systems
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, MacOS 10.8, MacOS 10.9, MacOS 10.10, iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Chrome OS
iPod Touch , iPhone 4S, iPhone 5S, iPhone5c, iPhone 6, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2
Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, HTC G1, LG C800 Mytouch, HTC One, Galaxy Note 2014, HTC One M8
Windows Mobile Devices
Venue 8 Pro, Lumia 520, Lumia 930
Chrome OS Devices
Note that mobile and tablet browsers for both Android and iOS are much better equipped to handle the Ultra Experience than the Original Experience.
3. Java Installation & Java Runtime Environment 7 & 8
4. Third Party Plug-ins
5. No longer supported by Blackboard:
The most current information on System Requirements for Blackboard Learn can be found here.