Blackboard Resources - Students

What is Blackboard?

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Blackboard is a web-based learning management system (LMS) designed to support fully online courses or provide a space for face-to-face course supplementation.  Blackboard provides many types of tools and features for enriching the learning experience.

How does it work?

Blackboard provides a space for each course taught each semester. Student enrollments and faculty assignments are handled automatically by the system. A fully functional course space, called a “shell,” provides tools for displaying content, interacting with other students, and and supports various media types for creating engaging content.

Blackboard Mobile App - Students can access their course using the Blackboard moble app.  The app is available for Apple, Android and Microsoft devices. 

How to login to Blackboard? Blackboard login button

  • Access Bb at
  • Click the Login button and login using your Island ID and password (same credentials used to access your university email).
  • Complete the DUO two-step authentication. More information about Duo is available on the Islander Two-Factor Authentication webpage.

How to use Blackboard?

- Contact the Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies for more information.
- Student Guides and Tutorials can be found at:

Blackboard can also be used for :

  • Accessing the syllabus, course content, and grades through interactive grade center called "My Grades".
  • Submitting assignments and viewing instructor feedback.
  • Engaging in discussions, blogs, wikis, and other interactive tools as directed by the instructor.
  • Viewing audio and video content.

Blackboard Technical Requirements

To ensure your computer runs properly in Blackboard on either PC or MAC, take the following steps to Prepare Your Computer for Blackboard.

  • NOTE: Your computer may operate fine without preparation; however, the following is provided for optimal performance.

Technical Help - If you are having difficulties contact the IT Help Desk at 361-825-2692 or submit a request via email

Online Resources

  • Personalize
    • Adjust your Blackboard settings, adjust your profile, and change your security settings.
  • Stay Informed
    • Use tools like calendar, announcements, and notifications to keep up to date on class activities.
  • Interact
    • Blackboard helps ease communication with email and discussion tools.
  • Course Content
    • Learn about the types of content your courses can provide.
  • Assignments
    • See how to view and submit assignments.
  • Tests and Surveys
    • Instructions on accessing tests and surveys on Blackboard.
  • Grading
    • Learn how to view your grades and assignment feedback