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Blackboard Learn: Blackboard overview

NOTE: The transcript of the above video is below.

 

As a student at Athens State University, Blackboard is the learning system that you will use for your online classes, and for submitting coursework. Essentially, where Athens State Online is how you register for the classes Blackboard is where you will participate in and complete your classes. You will log into your Blackboard account to gather information about your instructor, the class, interact with your instructor, and classmates. You will also find your course content, announcements, resources for the class, video descriptions, instructions for your assignments, and exams. Blackboard also provides the areas to submit your papers, projects, and other course work, as well take and submit quizzes and exams. Blackboard is an account that you log into nearly every day. Logging into Blackboard is easy. You can navigate to the login screen by going through the Athens State homepage or simply type in http://athens.blackboard.com. You may want to bookmark http://athens.blackboard.com for quick and easy access in the future. Once you're at the login screen simply use your Athens State email address as your username and your PIN as the password. Your PIN will be the same PIN that you use to access Athens State Online.

There are a couple of notes that need to be mentioned at this point. First, if you have changed your PIN in Athens State Online those changes will also take place for your Blackboard account. Your PIN will always be the password for both your Athens State Online and your Blackboard account, but, if you do reset your PIN through Athens State Online, although that change takes place immediately for Athens State Online, it will not change immediately for Blackboard. Blackboard only updates three times a day and it only updates Monday through Friday, so, be careful not to temporarily lock yourself out of your Blackboard account by resetting your PIN in the middle of the night or on a weekend. If you forget your login for Blackboard or for Athens State Online it will probably be faster for you to send an email to the Help Desk at helpdesk@athens.edu. If you do that we can send your PIN number to your Athens State email account without you having to reset it. Secondly, make sure that you are classified as an active student. If you can't login to Blackboard, to gain active status you must first enroll in classes for the upcoming term. Then the term that you have enrolled in has to officially begin, so as a new student you may not be able to log into Blackboard until the semester that you have signed up for officially begins. Sometimes this is a week or so before classes start. So, you should check the academic calendar on the Athens State home page just to be sure what the start date of the semester is, lastly, your classes will typically not appear in Blackboard until about five days prior to the start date of the term, so don't be surprised if you login and classes aren't appearing.

Now the user interface for Blackboard it's pretty simple and straight forward. You'll see tabs up in the upper right-hand side of the page. The My Course tab is where you'll spend most of your time. After clicking on My Courses your classes will show up in a box labeled My Courses, and although typically this is at the top center of the page it may not always be located there, so be sure to search for the My Courses title. Click on the course title of any of your courses to activate the link and open up the class. Once you're inside it you will see a vertical navigation bar on the left-hand side of the page. You can click on any of the links in the navigation bar to display the work and work your way through the class. The content found on the links will appear in the center of the page after being clicked. You can go through each of the links, read and view the content that your instructor has loaded for the class. Now to get back to the navigation page, so you can access your other classes, you simply click on the My Courses tab again up on the top, then you can click on another class and go and look around that one as well.

 

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