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Getting Started & FAQ
Blackboard is the courseware management system that the University of Maryland, Baltimore uses for web-enhanced and web-based courses.
Users log into Blackboard using their UMID Username and Password. Click here for more information about UMB Authentication.
On May 20, 2017 Blackboard was upgraded to the Q4 2016 Release of 9.1. Some new features include:
- Improved features in the Blackboard Mobile Web Services Building Block
- to support Bb Studen,
- to support Bb Instructor due out in July 2017, and
- improved analytics on mobile deve usage.
Currently Blackboard is unavailable on the first Tuesday of each month from 10PM Tuesday until 6AM Wednesday (Eastern Time) for system maintenance. Starting August 1, 2017 the scheduled monthly Blackboard maintenance window will change to 9PM Tuesday until 7AM Wednesday (Eastern Time and remaining on the 1st Tuesday of the month).
Additional downtimes for extended maintenance or significant upgrades will be scheduled around semester changes.
Problems with Blackboard
If you experience problems logging in with your UMID Username or password call or email the Help Desk.
If you experience problems performing a task or accessing information:
- Click here to run a script.
- Copy the result of that script to a Word document (ALT + PrintScrn to copy the screen to the clipboard & Ctrl + V to paste to the Word document)
- Save the Word document and email as an attachment to the Help Desk.
The following are commonly asked questions about setting up and using a Blackboard account.
If you have an active UMB Directory Account, you should also have a Blackboard account already created for you.
Employees and Affiliates
For new employees and affiliates, it may take some time between when you arrive on campus and when your UMB Directory Account is fully activated.
For students, once you register for classes, the system will create your Blackboard account.
Q. I cannot see the courses I am registered for. How do I get access to those courses?
Please note that most Blackboard courses are not accessible by students until after the first day of the semester or term. If you are looking for the course before the first day of class, it may not be available to students yet.
If it is after the first day of classes, check to see if your instructor is using Blackboard. Not all courses have a Blackboard component. If your instructor is using Blackboard and other individuals in the class can see the course, check with the instructor to see if you have been added as a student to the Blackboard Course.
Q. How can I check to see if my UMB Account is active?
Employees, Students, Affiliates, and Community System members can use the Online Campus Directory to check on the status of their UMB Account.
(Click here to open the directory in a different window).
Search for your name in the Campus Directory. Remember to search by the name that would be listed on your Employee, Student, Affiliate, or Community System Record.
For more information or assistance, please email the Help Desk.
You may be using an invalid or expired link to get to the Blackboard website.
Close the web browser window you have open, open a new web browser window and try the Blackboard website again.
Below is UMB’s summary on recommended browsers for Blackboard. Please visit Blackboard’s browser support pages for detailed guidelines.
Blackboad supports five major browsers:
- Edge 20+
- Internet Explorer 11
- In all IE versions, add Blackboard as a Trusted Site
- Safari 6+
- Safari for Windows is not supported
- Firefox 31+
- Chrome 36+
As new browser versions are released, Blackboard is committed to verifying existing functionality, however some incompatibilities may arise; a patch or workaround may be available.
In all browsers, ensure the following are configured:
- allow third party cookies
- allow session cookies
Blackboard recommends Java (JRE) 7 and 8.
Click here to determine the browser, operating system and java version numbers of your workstation.