.Blackboard Instructor Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What is Blackboard?
Blackboard is a web based tool that allows instructors to put course materials online for easy access from anywhere. It could be used for asynchronous online courses or as an enhancement for on campus courses. The communication tools in Blackboard allow you to extend classroom discussions beyond the classroom, send email or maintain virtual office hours.

What is the URL or web address to access Blackboard?
The web address is https://blackboard.stlcc.edu

What is my Blackboard username and password and do I have a separate account for each course?
Your username is your first initial last name, ex. jsmith.
Password: the word password
You have a single log in for all courses.

How do I change my password?
To change your password, log in to your course, click on "personal information" on the left, then click on change password and insert new password. You have a single log in for all of your courses.

How do I get a new Blackboard course site?
Just complete the online form at http://www.stlcc.edu/distance/blackboard/forms/application.html and submit it to your campus Blackboard coordinator. Your course will be created and you will be notified by email.

How do I make sure my students can enroll and access my courses?
In order for students to access your course, they must be enrolled. To enroll a student go to Control Panel, click on the Add User link. A student’s username must be their 9-digit Student ID Number without dashes and the initial password is the word password.
example: username:444887788
password: password
The correct procedure for adding students is at http://www.stlcc.edu/distance/blackboard/text/enroll.html

How do I get a new Blackboard course site?
Just complete the online form at http://www.stlcc.edu/distance/blackboard/forms/application.html and submit it to your campus Blackboard coordinator. Your course will be created and you will be notified by email.

Why can't students see my class?
1) Your course may be set to “unavailable”. The Course Availability page is used to control access to your course. All courses are set to unavailable by default.

To make your course available to students:
From your
Course Website, click on Control Panel.
Choose
Course Settings, then Course Availability.
Choose yes.
Click submit.

2) Your student may not be enrolled or is enrolled incorrectly in the course. To check to see if your student is enrolled, go to Control Panel, List/Modify Users, then List All, and List All once more.  

How do I enroll students in my course?
See instructions.

Is it possible to give someone outside of St. Louis Community College access to my Blackboard course?
Yes, you can either enable guest access to your course or request a Blackboard external user account. If you would like to add someone who is not officially enrolled in your course, or create an account for an external user (say a guest speaker or colleague at another institution), contact your Blackboard Coordinator.

Questions/Comments to Blackboard Coordinators:

Florissant Valley: jbone@stlcc.edu

Forest Park: lelliott@stlcc.edu

Meramec: jpande@stlcc.edu


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