Blackboard FAQs

How do I access Blackboard?

Open your web browser and enter the following address – Enter your username.

The username for students who entered Berkeley prior to July 2008 is your firstname-lastname. Students who entered Berkeley after July 2008 should enter the first eight letters of your first name dash (-) the first eight letters of your last name. For example, if your name is Catherine Northsouth, your username would be catherin-northsou.

The default password will be Bc#$MMSTID. That is (CAPITAL B) (lower case c) (Pound Sign) (Dollar Sign) (the two digit month of your birth) (STID - the last four numbers of your student ID found on your student ID card). Example: If you were born in March and the last four digits of your student ID are 5555, your new default password will be Bc#$035555.

Why does it say "You are not currently enrolled in any course"?

Courses only appear on your Blackboard when the classes start.
Check the Academic Calendar to see when classes are in session.
Call Academic Advisement and Student Records to make sure you are enrolled for the current quarter.

How do I change my Blackboard password?

For security reasons, users must change their password to a strong password for email (Office 365), Blackboard, and Student Self Service. Click here for directions on how to change your password for Office 365. Click here for information on how to change your Blackboard and Student Self Service passwords. Click here to go directly to the password change module.

How do I contact my online professor?

In the course menu, click Faculty Information.
Here you will find your professor's email address and phone number.

How do I copy and paste my assignment?

Select the text you wish to copy.
Hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard and then press the C key.
Click where you would like to paste the text.
Hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard and then press the V key.

How do I check my grades in the online gradebook?

Click on Course Tools.
Click on My Grades.
Check to see your score.

What do I do if my assignment has a lock?

Contact the Helpdesk by calling 973-278-5400 ext. 1540.
The Helpdesk can clear a locked assignment for you.

Note: The Helpdesk can only unlock assignments that do not show a grade. If the assignment has a grade, you must contact your professor.

How do I access a class discussion?

In the course menu, click Discussions.
The main Discussion Board page displays a list of available discussion forums. A forum is an area where users discuss a topic or a group of related topics.