Students should seek assistance from a librarian by visiting the reference desk, calling (630) 617-3173, or IM'ing a librarian.
Faculty should consult with their Departmental Library Liaison for Blackboard assistance.
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 September, 2017)
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” through the Control Panel.
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 Datatel. 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 two weeks after grades are due for that semester. This is to ensure that older courses do not show under Current Courses for students. 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 opening a ticket at tickets.elmhurst.edu using the category “Academic Technology - Blackboard Faculty” and indicating what course sections should be consolidated. 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.
The Blackboard Basics Sessions will cover system requirements how to create your course menu, enrolling students, adding items, creating a discussion board and other basic functions. This session is intended for folks with little to no Blackboard experience or who need a refresher after time away from Blackboard.
1. Browser Choice
| Desktop OS
| Mobile and Tablet OS
|Android Browser||Not available||4+|
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.