Frequently Asked Questions

  • Click to Show/HideHow do I login to Blackboard?

    To log into the Blackboard system, you must first know your University Username and Password. Obtain these at Select the “Info For First-time Users” link.

    You may use one of the following methods to login to the Blackboard System:

    Type your university and Password.

  • Click to Show/HideBlackboard will not let me login with my username and password?

    If you cannot login to Blackboard using your and password, you may need to reset your password. To reset your password please call the IT Helpdesk at 502-852-7997 or see the Reset Password webpage

  • Click to Show/HideI don't see my course in Blackboard?


    If you do not see your course listed in Blackboard and you are an instructor, please confirm with your department that your name has been correctly submitted to the Registrar's office as the Instructor of Record.


    If you are a staff member that is manually enrolled each semester and you do not see your course, please request the Instructor of Record add you to the course through the Manage Users tool or complete the Add User to Course form.


    If you are a student and you do not see your course, this means one of two things:

    • The course is not available (courses are made available to students two weeks prior to the first day of class)
    • Blackboard has not been updated with the records from the Registrar's office. Please see the next question for more information regarding this process
  • Click to Show/HideI am enrolled in my course but I do not see the course listed in Blackboard?

    The enrollment records are updated from PeopleSoft by an automated process between the PeopleSoft system and Blackboard periodically between 8am and 10pm daily. Please allow sufficient time for the Blackboard records to be updated, 24 hours are recommended from the time of the actual class enrollment. If you think there is an error or problem with your enrollment, you may contact the Registrar’s office at 502.852.6522.

  • Click to Show/HideUnavailable is listed next to my course, what does that mean?

    When unavailable is listed beside a course, this means that the course is still unavailable to the students enrolled in this course. The course will be made available to students two weeks prior to the first day of class. Users at the Instructor level will still be able to access the course.

  • Click to Show/HideWhat do I need to know to get started each semester with Blackboard?

    We have provided a basic checklist to help guide you in starting each new semester in Blackboard. View the Blackboard Beginning Checklist [PDF].

  • Click to Show/HideWhat are the hardware and software requirements to use Blackboard?

    Please review the hardware and browser requirements for Blackboard on our Hardware and Software Requirements page.

  • Click to Show/HideWhat web browser should I use in Blackboard?

    Google Chrome and Firefox are the best options for a trouble free experience in Blackboard. Due to their frequent updates with today’s web technology, these browsers are better equip to work with Blackboard. You should avoid using outdated browsers such as Internet Explorer. Google Chrome typically works best with our version of Blackboard. Visit the browser’s websites to learn about or download: Google Chrome and Firefox.

  • Click to Show/HideBlackboard does not work at work/school; how do I change my settings to make it work?

    Some businesses and school network administrators may block your access to the Blackboard system as a result of their policies. Please view our Browser and Firewall Settings page.

  • Click to Show/HideI teach cross-listed (merged) courses how can I view all my students in one class?

    Many instructors prefer to move roster(s) of students into another Blackboard shell. If this describes your need, please fill out the Merge Course Enrollments. Be prepared to provide the following information:

    • Course Semester
    • Your master course ID (the one you will be teaching/communicating from)
    • Your merged course ID(s) (the course(s) you will not be teaching/communicating from)

    Remember, only instructors listed on the Schedule of Courses may request a course be merged.

  • Click to Show/HideI can see my class but my students can't, can I make it available to them?

    All courses are made available to the students two weeks prior to the first day of class. If you would like the students to have access to the course before this time please submit the Open Course Early Request form and we will complete the request to open the course early.

  • Click to Show/HideHow do I use the Assignments function?

    Assignments allow instructors to create coursework and manage the grades and feedback for each student separately. Students access the assignment, type a submission, attach files, and submit it. Instructors can respond to each student separately with comments and attached files. More information is available in the following:

  • Click to Show/HideHow can I add a test student to my course?

    Blackboard allows instructors to add a test student account to their courses. This feature allows instructors to see their course as a student does and take tests and assignments as a student. Learn how to add a test student by watching the Add Test Student video.

  • Click to Show/HideHow do I copy my course into another section?

    The Course Copy function in Blackboard is located under the “Packages and Utilities” area in the Course Management – Control Panel section in your course. For further information view the Course to Course Copy.

    1. Go to the course you want to copy the documents and or Grade Center from (older course)
    2. Choose Packages and Utilities from the Control panel at the left under the student menu
    3. Click on Course Copy
    4. In Select Copy Type, It will say “Copy materials to an existing course”
    5. In Select Copy Options, click the “Browse” button and choose the course you want to copy to (Newer Course)
    6. Then in the check boxes, select the content areas, contacts, discussion board with forums (no Starter posts), “Grade Center Columns and Settings”, Settings – (Banner, language pack and Navigation settings), and Tests, Surveys and Pools
    7. In File Attachments, select the third option “Copy files and Copies of the content (include entire Course Home folder)”
    8. Click calculate Size
    9. Finally, Press Submit

    The Export/Import function is a more reliable method of moving content from one course to another. After either process check course materials both as an instructor and as a student by using the student preview feature to ensure materials have copied correctly. For further information view this document Export, Archive, Import [PDF].

  • Click to Show/HideWhy can't I see the course navigation menu?

    The hide/show menu button is a small arrow shaped button, located at the extreme left of the content area or at the far right of the navigation menu, it appears upon hover/roll-over. The hide/show menu button allows users to hide the course menu to provide more work space in the content area. If users cannot see the course menu, the most likely cause is that this button is in the hide mode.

  • Click to Show/HideHow do I use the Groups function?

    Instructors can create formal groups of students to collaborate on work, and create these groups one at a time or in sets. Options allow instructors to manually select group members or allow students to self-enroll. Each group has its own space, or homepage, with links to tools to help students collaborate. Only the instructor and the group members can access the group tools. More information is available in the following:

  • Click to Show/HideWhat is the process for adding zip package files?

    Zip package files can be used in Blackboard. The process is explained in the Upload Zip package programs [PDF].

  • Click to Show/HideHow can I copy text from Word without losing the format of my content?

    Microsoft Word and some other word processing applications can sometimes result in unwanted formatting issues when the text is placed in a Blackboard text box. To eliminate this effect, paste your content into the text box and select Remove Formatting.

  • Click to Show/HideWhat is the process for submitting student's final grades?

    Step-by-step directions for submitting student's final grades are available on the Web Grading and Class Roster for Faculty PDF.

    A tutorial for downloading your Grade Center into a spreadsheet is available in the Working Offline with Grade Center Data.

  • Click to Show/HideWhat are recommended best practices in developing assessments for Blackboard?

    There are several things you can do to help ensure student success when taking tests in Blackboard. We have developed a set of guidelines for instructors to aid in developing tests and some guidelines that can be passed on to students to help ensure their test-taking success in the Blackboard environment. View the Assessment Best Practices [PDF].

  • Click to Show/HideWhere are the download and upload functions in the Grade Center?

    The upload and download buttons are located in a button labeled “Work Offline” located at the top right side of the Full Grade Center Spreadsheet View. For further information view the Working Offline with Grade Center Data.

  • Click to Show/HideWhat is and how do I use the LockDown Browser?

    The LockDown Browser is a secure test browser that allows students to complete exams and quizzes without being able to copy, print, go to outside websites, or exit the test without clicking the submit button. The use and setup of this browser must be done on any computer that students take exams. For further information on how to set up the browser and other useful tips view the Respondus LockDown Brower page.

  • Click to Show/HideWhere can I receive hands-on Blackboard training?

    REACH offers students training in Blackboard. Stop by Ekstrom Library, 1st Floor.

    The Delphi Center is pleased to provide faculty training to create and manage your online course presence. For a full listing of all of our offerings visit our Instructional Resources page.

  • Click to Show/HideWhere can I find information to insure my content meets the university's copyright guidelines?

    Visit the university's Copyright Education website for basic information about copyright and perspectives on its relationship to core university missions: teaching, learning, research, and scholarship.

  • Click to Show/HideWhere can I find information to insure my content is ADA compliant?

    As a university that is proud of their very diverse population, the University of Louisville is committed to providing our entire audience with the best and most usable web community possible by striving to meet or exceed the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) WCAG Version 1, Priority 1 guidelines. It is our goal to offer a web experience that is free of barriers using, universal standards-based design. For all the details visit the UofL Web Accessibility website.

  • Click to Show/HideWhere can I find information about the university's technology policies, and best practices of email management, including blocked attachment extensions?

    Visit the university's Information Technology website for policies:

  • Click to Show/HideHow do I create a SafeAssignment?

    The SafeAssign plagiarism tool is located in the assignment form. To create a SafeAssignment:

    1. Access a content area from your course's main menu
    2. Select the Assessments drop down
    3. In the drop down menu choose Assignment
    4. Fill out the information in the top sections of the Create Assignment form
    5. In the section labeled "Grading" click the "Submission Details" link to display additional functions
    6. In the "Plagiarism tools" area place a check beside "Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign"
    7. If you wish for students to view the originality report place a check beside "Allow students to view SafeAssign originality report for their attempts"
    8. If you wish for students to submit drafts before the final place a check beside "Exclude submissions from the Institutional and Global References Databases"
      • Note: There is no longer a reason to create two assignments (one for drafts and one for the final) instead return to this form and remove this check mark
    9. Fill out the remaining fields on the form and click Submit.
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