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My Blackboard

This information applies only to the Original experience. Your institution controls which tools are available.

My Blackboard and the user menu are available everywhere in Blackboard Learn and give you a personalized view of your learning environment.

Access the menus next to your name in the page header. The user menu provides access to all your courses and your personal settings, such as text size and personal information. My Blackboard provides access to due dates, users, and social tools that help you discover, connect, communicate, and collaborate with your Blackboard learning network.

My Blackboard icons indicate how many new items are in each area. Students also see a My Grades icon where they can see their most recently graded items, access their attempts, and see upcoming coursework.

Watch a video about My Blackboard

This video explains how to access My Blackboard and the user menu where you can receive information about all your courses and change personal settings.

Video: Global navigation and My Blackboard

Access My Blackboard tools

When you select one of the icons, a page opens. You can access the My Blackboard menu on the left side of the page.

Default My Blackboard tools

This table describes the tools that you may be able to access in My Blackboard.

My Blackboard tools
Tools Description
Bb Home: Provides an overview of the items that you need to grade and recent posts.

If your institution has turned on messages, Bb Home shows a preview of your unread messages.

icon_calendar.png Calendar: Keep track of upcoming assignments, events, and other due dates.
Posts: Displays recent posts, comments, and replies from discussions, blogs, journals, and wikis in all your courses and organizations.

If your institution has turned on the people and spaces tools, the latest posts by the people and spaces you follow also appear.

Updates: View a list of notifications that alert you to important events and information in all your courses and organizations.
Retention Center: Check the overall academic health of your courses in the main table and drill in to see who is struggling.
Home: Displays a site or area your institution chose.
Help: Go to Behind the Blackboard for manuals, tutorials, and more.

My Blackboard social tools

Identity and presence are an important part of the online learning environment. With My Blackboard's social learning tools, you can create an online identity, find and connect with other users, and engage in group and peer collaboration.

If you don't see these tools, your institution hasn't turned them on.

My Blackboard social community
Tools Description
Profile: Define your personal identity to share with the people in your academic network. After you upload your image, it replaces the empty profile icon.
People: Find and interact with your students and peers.
Messages: Communicate with anyone in your Blackboard learning network, even those outside of the course environment.
Spaces: Work and communicate collaboratively with the people in your academic network.

Watch a video about the social tools in My Blackboard

This video explains how you can interact with your academic community in an informal and social way, and keep your academic and personal lives separate.

Video: Blackboard Learn Quick Hit: Social Learning Tools