GETTING STARTED WITH
Blackboard is a web-based learning environment used at Eastern Washington
University to enable educators to enhance on-campus learning and/or deliver distanceonly
learning by bringing their course materials, class discussions, assignments and
assessments to the Web.
Start your favorite internet web browser – see back of this leaflet for the
suggested system / browser requirements.
Enrolling in a Blackboard Course
Every time you log on to Blackboard the “My Blackboard” screen will appear. Here
you will find a listing of all of the on-line Blackboard courses that you are currently
involved with. See below for instructions on how to enroll in a Blackboard course site.
You must have a Blackboard account (see this sheet for instructions on creating
an account) AND you must be logged into your Blackboard account.
Locate the Course that you are to enroll in:
(a) Click on the "Courses" tab (to the right of the "My Institution" tab),
(b) Use the “Course Search” box on the left for a basic search or the
“Browse Course Catalog” link on right for an advanced search.
In the address window at the top of the browser type in the following web
address: http://blackboard.ewu.edu and press the enter key.
Once the EWU Blackboard Login page appears, click on the Create Account
button if you don’t have a Blackboard Account. Click on the Login button
when you have an account and are ready to connect to your Backboard courses.
NOTE: Blackboard has it’s own account system. Currently it does not
share account names and passwords with any other EWU system. Upon
your first exposure to Blackboard please create an account – providing
your own username, password, and account details.
Type your name and email address.
Provide a username and password
you’ll remember. Click the submit
button to create your new account.
When you have a Blackboard account,
type your username and password.
Click the Login button.
(c) To execute the search click the "GO" button (right of the search tool.)
The result of your search will be a list of courses that met your search request, if
the course you want to enroll in is listed on screen then:
Click the "Enroll" button (right-hand side of screen, opposite the name of the
course) and then Click the "Submit" button when it appears.
A message should be returned telling you that you have been successfully
enrolled in the course. Click the OK button to enter the course site.
If you can't find the course via the basic "Course Search" tool, try again with the
“Browse Course Catalog” link which allows a more complex search and
searches different fields. Contact the Instructor if you still can’t find the course.
Your Blackboard Page
Once you have enrolled in one or more Blackboard course, your “My Institution” page
will display the courses you are enrolled in. See the screen graphic below for a brief
description of some of the parts of the “My Institution” page.
Your Course Page
Your course page should look something like the image below. Note: Because the
instructor can customize Blackboard pages, some of the features shown below may not
be enabled in your courses.
Includes links for common
functions such as viewing
announcements or tasks,
reviewing grades, etc.
A consolidated view
from all courses you
are enrolled in.
This is a list of all the Blackboard
courses that you are involved with.
Click on the course name to open that
Use the Tools menu, Personal Information link to update your email address or password.
Please keep your email address up-to-date in Blackboard!
Blackboard @EWU Computer Guidelines
Windows PC: Pentium PC with Windows 2000 or Windows XP
Macintosh: Mac PowerPC with System 10.2 or later
Windows or Macintosh:
Microsoft Internet Explorer Web Browser 6.0 (version 5.2 for Mac)
Netscape Web Browser 7.1
Apple Safari Web Browser for Mac
AOL Browser is not supported and not tested for Blackboard
56k modem (broadband connection recommended)
Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in and RealAudio plug-in
View documents for a course by clicking on the button or link on the left. Menu options vary
from course to course. Blackboard sites can contain Word and Excel files, PDF’s, links to
other web sites, etc. Click on a file to open it. If your web browser recognizes the file’s format
it should open the file, if not, the file will be downloaded to the computer you are working on.
Having problems with Blackboard?
Can’t remember your password? On the Blackboard Login page click on
the “Forgot your password?” link. Then follow the instructions.
Help is available for Eastern’s students:
• Go to the student help desk web address: http://tech-eze.ewu.edu
and click on the “Find Answers” link, or
• Call a Tech-eze help desk consultant at: 509-359-6411, or
• If you are on the Cheney campus, stop by the Tech-eze service desk
on the lower floor of the JFK Library.
On-line manual for Blackboard: Available from the tools button in one of
your Blackboard courses then click on the on-line manual icon.