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Blackboard - Log In Instructions for Students

The St. Louis Community College District has made available to students and faculty an on-line resource known as Blackboard.  Blackboard can be accessed from anywhere with internet access by using a Mac or a PC.  Many faculty members are using Blackboard to teach on-line classes or to post information and quizzes to go with their course. This handout will provide basic information on how to access Blackboard.
To access Blackboard log on to

Your instructor must have enrolled you in a Blackboard course in order for you to gain access. Your instructor will let you know when your Blackboard course is available. Unless instructed otherwise, your username is your Social Security Number without dashes and your initial password is the word password. You should change your password as soon as you log in.

To Change your password:

When first logging in to Blackboard, you will see a Tools section like the one below. Click on "Personal Information"
The next screen will have a "Change Password" area. Please add your new password and verify by keying it in again. Please also add your email address here, if it is not posted in your information.

Software and Hardware Recommendations:

Platform: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, or ME; MacOS 9 or MacOS X 
Hardware: 64 MB of RAM, 1 G of free disk space 
Software: Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat Reader
Browser: Internet Explorer 5.5 or Netscape 4.78 - JavaScript & Cookies must be enabled. 
Modem: 56 K 

Trouble logging- in?
Check with your instructor to confirm your username and password. If you forgot your password, call or email your instructor to reset it.  Check your browser settings to make sure that the Java script and “ accept cookies” are enabled.

Where to go for help

Navigating Blackboard

When you enter your course, you will see links (as in the sample to the left) to access the various areas and functions of your course . Remember the communication and tools area can only be accessed if your are enrolled in a class. For more information try the tutorials listed below:

Tutorials to get you started
Online Blackboard - a beginning student tutorial (PDF document)
Getting Started in Blackboard - a tutorial for new students

Are you ready to take a web based or on-line class?
Take this self-assessment for distance learning

SLCC Basic Computer Technology Skills needed for students
Check to see if you believe you have the basic computer skills needed to take an online class:

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Last Revised 1 March, 2002