Updates for Students
On May 12, 2014, Blackboard will go down for a few days for updates and the addition of new features. This is between spring and summer 1/summer 11-week semesters.
LockDown Browser by Respondus is a new tool instructors may or may not use in their Blackboard courses for test taking. This instruction sheet will get you started: Tutorial, LockDown Browser (PDF). Also, see the LockDown Browser blog post: What is LockDown Browser and how does it work?
See our FAQ page for LockDown Browser.
Firefox is recommended as the browser for Blackboard 9 at this time, for both PC and Mac. Google Chrome is also certified. With Internet Explorer (IE), you may not be able to download/open Word documents and/or view all images, plus you will have security popups on a frequent basis. That may change with future service packs and we will update our blog when new browser information comes along. From the Blackboard login page, you can run a system compatibility check.
Resources for Students
- Submit a Help Ticket or view Help Desk Resources or call 252-328-9866.
- Explore the Blackboard Student Orientation Course if you are new to Blackboard or our new version (Bb 9.1) of Blackboard.
If you are are a new or experienced user of the Blackboard course management system, here are some basic navigation how-to’s:
Once you log into Blackboard (using your Pirate ID and passphrase), you’ll see a menu bar with navigational links. The example in the screen shot is representational; the menu bar will look different from course to course.
Instructors decide what menu items to include in his or her course, so you may see differences from course to course. Under most circumstances you will have at least two common menu items, e.g. Announcements and Grades. Once you are in your course(s), by clicking the menu item (link), you will access content areas and tools in Blackboard.
Blackboard’s On Demand Learning Center
Blackboard has many short videos and PDFs available for students to learn about the tools and features in Blackboard 9. Go to Blackboard On Demand.
How to Remove Past Courses
Until courses are permanently removed, you can hide them from your view in My Courses. It’s easy! Follow the instructions in this PDF: How to Hide Past Courses.
Important Browser & Add-on Information
- System Compatibility Check - click here to check for compatible browser and java version on your local computer
- Firefox – download here
- Mac Users – use Firefox, not Safari
- Google Chrome – download here
- Java – make sure you have the latest version (allow updates): Free Java download
- QuickTime player for watching videos in your Bb courses (allow updates) – download here
- Adobe reader – make sure you have the latest version: Free Adobe Reader
Easy-to-Follow PDF Tutorials
- Blackboard 9 Navigation for Students
- Tutorial LockDownBrowser IN COMPUTER LABS
- LockDown Browser Installation & Tutorial (PDF)
- Test Taking Tips for Students
- Wiki – Student Instructions
- Journal – Student Instructions
- Submit an Assignment – Student Instructions
- SafeAssign – Student Instructions
- Discussion Board – Student Instructions
- How to Hide Past Courses
- Turning Point Clicker, Instructions to Register in Bb
Blackboard Mobile Learn
Blackboard can now be accessed on your mobile device via Blackboard Mobile Learn. Blackboard Mobile Learn allows students and instructors to interact with Blackboard on their Android, Blackberry, iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad device. Click here to view videos of Blackboard Mobile Learn on your mobile device.
Blackboard Mobile Learn offers a wide variety of features for easy viewing of Blackboard content on mobile devices. Students will be able to view grades for assignments on mobile devices on Blackboard Mobile Learn.
- View announcements, tasks, class roster, grades, and embedded media.
- Respond to discussion board forums.
- Comment on classmates’ blogs and journals.
- Favorites allow you to see only certain Blackboard pages inside Blackboard Mobile Learn
After downloading Blackboard Mobile Learn and running it for the first time, search for “East Carolina University,” then select “East Carolina University” and enter your Pirate ID credentials. Explore the functionality of this program.
Update: Blackboard Mobile Learn is now carrier agnostic! This means that all Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices can use Blackboard Mobile Learn over their carrier’s wireless data network. All wireless carriers are supported by this new feature.