College of DuPage

Blackboard Release 9 - What's NEW?

My Places

Where do I find it?


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What's new about it?

New to Blackboard, My Places provides the user with quick and easy navigation to a variety of places within Blackboard. It is always one click away in the top frame, and contains a customizable set of links to frequently accessed information as well as tools to personalize a user's own experience.

  • One Click Access to Common Links and Preferences. Users can navigate to commonly accessed places within the system, such as Courses they teach or participate in, without having to return to a common starting point.
  • Customizable List of Commonly Accessed Links. Users can define which links are displayed in My Places, and even choose to "hide" courses if they haven't been accessed in the last [X] number of days. The default value for [X] is 30 days but can be easily changed by the user.
  • Manage Notifications Settings. From My Places, users will be able to manage notification settings for all Courses and organizations they are enrolled in as well as other personal and privacy settings including updating their name, address and contact information, determining what information is public, who can view it, and who can email them.
  • Personal Avatar Image. " Avatars" are a personal image which can be used to represent the user throughout the Blackboard system. Usesr may upload an image of their choice. Avatars are displayed in My Places, Blogs, Journals, and within Notification Modules including: What's New, Needs Attention, To Do, and Alerts. Users will have quick access to accessibility options including how to enable the Blackboard interface to display according to operating system settings for high contrast and how to increase the browser font size.
  • Quick Access to Personal Settings. Users can access personal settings such as email and privacy settings in one click, no matter where they are in the system.

How do I use it?

  • Click the My Places link in the top frame of Blackboard.
  • To add an avatar, click Personalize My Places
  • Browse your computer for an appropriate picture. Recommended pixel size for an avatar is 150 x 150 pixels. If the picture is not square, your image will be distorted. Larger images should be cropped. If you don't have image editing software, search for online software. You might try It is easy-to-use and free.


Adding an Avatar to Personalize Your Course Environment (Blackboard 2 minute video)

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