By Mallory Bowman
All University of Louisville professors have the option to post their classes on Blackboard, an online classroom of sorts. Professors can post syllabi, homework assignments, host discussion boards, post grades and perform many other functions which are available to the student 24 hours a day.
However, Shelly Reid of the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, which has many purposes including Blackboard support, said incoming students usually struggle with the new technology.
“It’s usually the computer and technical knowledge that challenges students,” she said.
She said the most frequently asked questions related to Blackboard are those concerning login ID’s and passwords, how to navigate Blackboard and how to print from Blackboard. The following are a few useful tips that new students should know about Blackboard:
· You must be an enrolled student to use Blackboard
· You must check your Netmail account on a regular basis to know when it’s time to change your password
· You will use the same login password for you Blackboard account as you do for your ULink and Netmail accounts.
· First time Blackboard users must already have their ULink account set up to access Blackboard. For instructions on how to set up your ULink account, visit http://ulink.louisville.edu and click on “For first time users” in the top, right-hand corner
· If your professor is using Blackboard, your course probably won’t show up until the first day of class
· If your ULink/Netmail password has expired, you will not be able to access your Blackboard account either
· Your professor is not required to use Blackboard
The REACH Computer Resource Center, located in Strickler Hall room 331, offers computer support for students, which includes Blackboard Basics. The REACH Center can be contacted at 852-6706.
Other questions concerning Blackboard can be directed to the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, at 852-4319.