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Log into Blackboard | My Blackboard Tab | My Content Tab | Tests | Communication |
Assignments  | Portfolios | Zoom | Groups

Blackboard 9.1 includes a "Help" link within the course navigation to "Blackboard Help for Students," a searchable database of tutorials produced by Blackboard on all aspects of their product. If you are struggling to identify the correct search criteria to locate information you seek, ITS has created links to the most frequently used Blackboard tool topics on this page.

Tutorials resources for using various building blocks that are customized to interface with Blackboard (external applications like Turnitin) are linked on the Blackboard support home page.

All handouts included on this page are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download Acrobat Reader here.

Log into Blackboard

To log into Blackboard, click the Bb logo on the SIUE web site or access The username is your SIUE e-ID (the first part of the SIUE email address - eg: jsmith) and the password is the same one used to access SIUE email. For additional information, about approved browsers, hardware, and software requirements, visit the Getting Started in Blackboard page.

My Blackboard Tab

The sections on the My Blackboard tab are called modules. For information on how to arrange, hide, edit, and/or remove modules, consult the corresponding handouts linked below.

My Content Tab (Content Collection)

Blackboard's Content Collection is a repository where academic files can be stored. Each user is allotted 1 gigabyte of space in the Content Collection. For information on using the Content Collection, consult the handouts linked below.

Tests and Quizzes

Tests and Quizzes are assessment components of Blackboard. There are many factors students should be aware of when taking a test or quiz in Blackboard.  Those are outlined in Taking Tests and Surveys in Blackboard documentation. 

If you experience problems while taking a test or quiz that prevents you from completing or re-opening the test or quiz, contact your instructor. ITS staff cannot reset an attempt for a test or quiz without the consent of the instructor. For important information and best practices on Tests and Quizzes in Blackboard, consult the handouts linked below.


Several features in Blackboard enable individual and group communication among members of a class. For information on the Communication tools, consult the handouts linked below.


The Assignment tool enables students to submit documents electronically within Blackboard. For information on Assignments, consult the handouts linked below.


Electronic portfolios are a way of gathering and posting project resources in one location. Portfolios can be shared with an entire class, selected individuals, and even external users (such as potential employers). For information on Portfolios, consult the handouts linked below.

NOTE: If you are a student in the School of Nursing, use this resource page for information on how to construct the portfolio for your graduate or doctoral program.

General Steps for Building your Portfolio

  1. Click on the arrow next to your name to expand the Global Navigation menu.
  2. Click on Tools
  3. Click on Portfolios
  4. Create the portfolio: The portfolio is the framework that holds your artifacts and the navigation within that framework.
  5. Create and attach artifacts: Artifacts are evidence of learning (documents, graded work, projects, documentation, etc.). They can be attached to a portfolio and reused.
  6. Share your portfolio: You may be asked to share your portfolio with your class or with an individual user(s) (instructor, advisor, etc).
    1. Share a Snapshot with User: With this option, you add the users SIUE e-ID and send an email to user(s) for individual viewing
    2. Share a Snapshot with Course: With this option, you can share your portfolio with your course. Your classmates and instructor will view the portfolio through a link within the course.

Click here to download a step-by-step guide for building your portfolio in Blackboard. Note: Nursing students use a slightly different approach, described on this resource page.


Zoom is a collection of synchronous and asynchronous online presentation and collaboration tools that enhance instructors' and students' ability to teach and learn online through Blackboard. For information on Zoom and its component parts, consult the Zoom Resource Page.


Your instructor can create groups of students within a course. Groups usually consist of a smaller group of users in a course, such as study groups or project groups. These course groups have their own area in the course to collaborate. These spaces are equipped with tools that can assist each group member. Within Group page, you may:

  • Send email
  • Exchange files
  • Enter discussion forums
  • Enter collaboration sessions
  • Change the position of individual modules by dragging and dropping

Your instructor can provide Communication and Collaboration tools that only group members can access, such as a private File Exchange area, a Group Discussion Board, and a Group Journal.

Your instructor will either place you into a group by selecting your group for you, assigning students in random groups or allowing you to select the group you want to join.

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