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Course Content in Blackboard: Students

Updated Content Editor in Blackboard

The new Content Editor is scheduled to be applied to Ohio University’s Blackboard environment on the evening of November 5, 2020.  Learn about the improvements for accessibility and new features.

Course Content

Types of Content - Your instructors can add different types of content to your courses such as files, text, assignments, images, multimedia, links, and much more.

Digital Course Materials - Some courses require digital content such as ebooks and courseware. You may be able to access these materials immediately and at a reduced cost if your course is participating in the OHIO Digital Content: Inclusive Access program.

Submit Assignments - Easily upload your work to Assignments within your Blackboard course.

Submission Receipts - For each successful assignment submission, you should receive a notification email that includes a timestamp and a confirmation ID. It is recommended that you verify the arrival of these messages and save them for the duration of the term.

Supported File Types - Submit your work using recommend file formats, such as Word (doc, docx), PowerPoint (ppt, pptx), Excel (xls, xlsx), and PDF (pdf).

Common Questions About Assignments - Check here for answers to common student questions about assignments.

Portfolios - Create and maintain a Portfolio of artifacts within Blackboard that can be shared externally as evidence of your skills and professional development. Portfolios can also be assigned by your instructor and submitted as an assignment within a Blackboard course. 

How do I login and find my classes on Blackboard?

Using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, go to blackboard.ohio.edu and login with your OHIO ID and password.

Blackboard course sites become accessible to the Instructor of Record eight (8) weeks prior to the course start date; however, students are not loaded until two (2) weeks prior to the start date. Additionally, your instructor must make the course site available to students before you can access it. For more information on locating your course list within Blackboard, please see the Find Your Courses Bb Help page.

Why can’t I login OR see one or more of my courses in Blackboard?
  • Is it more than two (2) weeks before the course start date?
    Unless your instructor has given you explicit instructions to work in the Blackboard course before the start of term, don't expect to be able to log in until the first day of class.
  • Is your instructor using Blackboard for your course?
    Blackboard is an optional tool; if your instructor does not use Blackboard, you will see the course, but you will not be able to enter.
  • Has your instructor made the course available in Blackboard?
    If you have confirmed with your instructor that the class will be using Blackboard, it is possible that they have not yet opened the course to students. The Blackboard Help & Resources: Instructors portion of this website includes instructions to open a course to students.
How do I view grades and feedback on my assignments?
  1. Do one of the following:
    • OPTION 1: While on the Institution Page (Bb landing page), select the Grades link from the system navigation panel at left.
    • OPTION 2: If you are already viewing a course, select the Tools link from the course navigation menu and then click My Grades. Alternatively, the course navigation menu may contain a direct link to the My Grades tool.
  2. Check the Grades column at far right for the grade or status of each assignment/test/activity listed in the "Item" column.  Don't see a grade? For more details about the various status indicators, view the What do the icons mean? Bb Help article.
  3. To view any additional feedback from your instructor, click the item’s title. (Not all instructors provide additional feedback.)
    • Additional step to view detailed Test feedback (as configured by the instructor): After clicking on the item’s title, then click on the test score.
      Screenshot of the My Grades page with one assignment circled in pink.
How do I download the mobile version of Blackboard?

Use the Blackboard Student Mobile App to view courses, participate in discussions, and interact with your instructor.