What can I do with Blackboard?
Blackboard has myriad features for managing your course, from sharing materials to communicating with students to hosting assignments. This page focuses on getting started with Blackboard and using some of its most frequently used features; other pages in this section walk you through other commonly used but more complex features, like Grade Center.
How do I access Blackboard?
You will need to know your Maine.edu account username and password. If you don’t have this information, contact the IT help desk at 1-800-696-4357. Once you have your account info, we recommend logging in to the USM MyCampus Portal; you’ll find a button for Blackboard in the Launchpad area on the left side of the screen. For future reference, you can find a link to the MyUSM portal at the bottom of every page of the USM website.
Using the MyCampus Portal is recommended because it will also automatically sign you in to most of the other online tools offered by the university. However, if you wish to go directly to Blackboard, you can do so by visiting bb.courses.maine.edu.
How do I start using Blackboard?
Read through this tutorial to explore the basics of managing a Blackboard course.
Most frequent (and important) tasks
Course menu setup
Want to go beyond the basics?
Where can I learn more about Blackboard?
Blackboard provides a wealth of online information that you can consult if you want to learn more about its features. You can also meet with one of CTEL’s learning designers if you’d like more personalized assistance.
Check out the Blackboard Learn: For Instructors YouTube playlist for short videos on its features.
If you prefer reading text tutorials, visit the Blackboard Learn Help for Instructors site.
Visit the Blackboard Privacy Center to learn how it manages users’ data.
Visit the Accessibility at Blackboard site to review features for diverse users.