About profiles

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about accessing your profile.

A profile shows how you want to present yourself to your peers and students. In your Blackboard profile, you decide what you want to be called, share your academic interests, a profile picture, and more.

If allowed, you can edit your personal information that is stored in your user account at your institution.

More on personal information


Add a profile picture

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about profile pictures.

If allowed, you can upload a profile picture that appears throughout the system and within the greater Blackboard academic network.

Your personal image appears in the page header, people tool, blogs, journals, discussions, wikis, and roster. Your profile picture also appears in the notifications modules, such as What's New. The modules may appear on the My Institution tab or on a course's home page.

More on the notification modules

The image you upload to your profile page overwrites any other profile images you have with your user account.

Images must be less than 5 MB and at least 50 x 50 pixels in dimension. Acceptable file formats include GIF, PNG, and JPEG.

No profile icon appears in the menu

If you don't see the empty profile icon in the menu, your institution hasn't turned on the profile tool.

  1. Select the arrow next to your name in the page header to open the menu.
  2. Select Tools at the bottom of the panel.
  3. Select Personal Information > Personalize My Settings.
  4. On the Personalize My Settings page, select Use custom avatar image and browse your computer for your picture.
  5. Select Submit. Your profile picture appears in the page header next to your name.


  1. On the Edit My Blackboard Profile page in the right panel, select Change Picture to upload an image from your computer.
  2. Select Submit.

ULTRA: Profile

Instructors, you're in the right place!
Students, view profile information specific to students.
Administrators, view profile information specific to administrators.

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about profiles.

In the list where your name appears, select your name to access your profile. Your profile appears with some information, and you can't delete your profile. Your institution decides what you can customize.

Usernames appear throughout the system if allowed by your institution.

Upload your picture

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about profile pictures.

You can store one image file in your profile.

  1. Point to the generic silhouette or your picture and select the pencil icon to upload, change, or remove an image.
  2. In the panel, select Upload new profile picture to browse for your picture on your computer. Or, you can drag a file to the Upload area.
  3. Your image is saved automatically. Close the panel to return to your profile.

Remove or replace your image: Upload or drag in another image. To return to the generic silhouette, select the Delete this picture icon to delete your existing image file.

Edit your info and preferences

Your profile is the place to edit the information attached to your persona.

  1. Point to a detail such as Full Name and select the pencil icon.
  2. In the panel, make changes and select Done.

Video: Edit Your Profile

ULTRA: Watch a video about editing your profile

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.

Video: Edit your profile shows how to edit information attached to your profile and add a profile picture.

ULTRA: Where does my picture appear?

Your profile picture appears on course content pages, course cards, rosters, discussions, conversations, and messages next to your activity. You see student profile pictures throughout your courses in the same areas and in the gradebook.