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Do You Have the Updates?

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How to Determine if You Have Profiles Updates
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If you see a Blackboard + MyEdu welcome screen or a profile page that allows you to add work experience, you have the profiles updates installed. For more information that applies to your system, see Profiles Updated. If you see a profile page with an area for posts, you have profiles without the updates. This page applies to you. 

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This article is archived and is no longer updated. Go to the latest information on Basic Profiles.

Set Up Your Profile

In the My Blackboard menu, click the empty profile icon to access your profile and add an avatar image. To learn more, see Profile Avatars.

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If your institution has turned on social media integration, you can copy your Facebook and Twitter picture, description, and email address.

If prompted, you must accept the terms of service and provide an email address before setting up your profile.

If you do not see an empty profile icon in the My Blackboard menu, your institution has not turned on the profiles feature.

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Profile Privacy Settings

The privacy settings in your personal profile set how your profile appears in the My Blackboard menu. Read each option on the Edit My Profile page carefully to decide which users can view your profile.

  • Public (recommended): If you do not see this option, your institution has not turned it on. If you select this option, anyone with a Blackboard profile can find and view you on the People page. They do not have to be enrolled in the same institution, course, or organization as you. Your name and avatar appear throughout your courses, and users can view a preview of your profile from there.
  • My Institution (recommended): If you select this option, anyone at your institution can find and view you on the People page. They do not have to be enrolled in the same course or organization as you. Your name and avatar appear throughout your courses, and users can view a preview of your profile from there.
  • Private: If you select this option, only users who are enrolled in the same course or organization as you can find and view you on the People page. Your name and avatar appear throughout your courses, and users can view a preview of your profile from there.
  • Hidden: If you select this option, no users can find and view you on the People page. Your name and avatar appear throughout your courses, but users cannot view a preview of your profile from there.

In the Settings section, use the Set Privacy Options to set what information you want to appear throughout your courses. 

Facebook and Twitter Integration

When you create or edit your profile, you can pull in your profile picture, Facebook-specific email address, and a brief “about me” description from your Facebook or Twitter profiles.

If you do not see Facebook and Twitter integration, your institution has not turned it on.

Post and Comment on Profile Walls

Use your profile wall to update and have conversations with those who follow you.

  • Provide information in the Share Something box and click Post.
  • Comment on a user’s post. Hover over a post or comment and click Comment.
  • To edit, hover over one of your own posts or comments and click Edit. An “EDITED” label appears to show the following information:
    • The post or comment has been edited from its original state
    • When the most recent edit occurred

Learn More

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