Blackboard Student Quick Start Guide

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Blackboard Student Quick Start Guide

Blackboard @ COD

BlackboardWelcome to Blackboard!

Blackboard is a web-based learning environment at College of DuPage that enables students to access course material, interact with class members, and complete assignments online. This guide will help you start using the College of DuPage Blackboard system.

Logging In

Open your browser and go to:

To login, enter your myACCESS ID and Password in the appropriate fields.

Blackboard login screen


TIP: Always check the login screen for new system status messages.


Your myACCESS ID is your last name, first initial and (usually) a number. For example, the ID for Jon Smith might be smithj2.

If you don't know your myACCESS ID or password, go to, click on "myACCESS for Students" on the right side, then click on "I'm New to myACCESS" for ID or "What’s my password?" and follow the instructions.

If you need additional help, please contact the Student Help Desk at or call (630) 942‐2999.

My Institution Page

When you log in to Blackboard, you will see the My Institution page. Here you will find a listing of courses in which you are currently enrolled, calendar events, course and system announcements, task information, and links to important tools. The picture below provides a brief description of some of the areas on this page. Because this page can be personalized, your page may look different.

My Institution Page in Blackboard - My Places
Manage privacy settings, and see your courses.
• View your grades in progress (unofficial)
• Manage privacy settings
• Send email
My Tasks and My Calendar
Contains links to calendar and “To-Do” information from your classes. You may also create your own reminders or task lists.
My Announcements
View important information about your classes or the Blackboard system.
My Courses
This is a list of all Blackboard courses in which you are enrolled. Click a course name to enter the course. Note: If your course says

Course Page

To view the contents of a course, click on the name of the course in the My Courses section on My Institution page. You will see the Course Menu on the left. Click the links (or buttons) on the menu to navigate through the course. You may find the syllabus, assignments, quizzes, or other course materials. Instructors can customize the menu, so the menu links and appearance may be different from course to course. Below is a sample screen from a course.

Blackboard Course Menu

Some Commonly Used Blackboard Icons

folder Folder Learning Module Learning Module Item Item
group Group Journal Journal Wiki Wiki
Assignment Assignment Exam Exam Survey Survey
Blog Blog Discussion Discussion Mashup Mashup

Contacting COD Blackboard Support

If you are unable to find solutions to your questions online, you may contact the Student Help Desk:

The Student Help Desk is available during the following hours:

Note: The Student Help Desk will only be able to answer questions regarding accessing the Blackboard system and will not be able to help students with their personal computers or with homework assignments.

COD Blackboard Online Support Site

How do I login to Email?

Receiving College and Instructor Emails

All email communications from instructors and the College are sent to your student email address. You are responsible for checking your college email frequently for important information sent by the college and your instructors.

Software Recommendations

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