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When you first set up your initial profile, you are automatically prompted to provide a primary email. The primary email address is used to identify you in Blackboard Learn at any institution.
Make sure to use a personal email address in your profile because you will likely lose access to the email address provided by your institution when you leave. If you use an address that you will eventually lose access to, you also will eventually lose access to your profile and all of the relationships that you have built through the network.
The system sends you a verification email containing a link that directs you back to your profile, verifying your identity as the owner of that email address. Once verified, your profile is linked to that email address.