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A profile is not the same as your user account.
Profiles are stored in the Blackboard cloud instead of at your institution. This means that you can keep your profile through your academic and professional life. If you enroll at a different institution or join the workforce, you can maintain your academic relationships and networks using the same profile.
Access the global navigation menu and click the empty profile icon to set up your profile. If your institution has turned on social media integration, you can copy your Facebook and Twitter picture, description, and email.
If prompted, you must accept the terms of service and provide an email address before setting up your profile.
If you do not see a profile, your school has not turned it on.
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You can upload an avatar that can be used to represent you 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 avatar also appears in the notifications modules — What's New, Needs Attention, and To Do — that you might see on the My Institution tab or on a course's home page.
The image you upload as an avatar to your user profile overwrites any other avatar images you have with your user account. To learn more about avatars in your user account, see Changing Your Password, Personal Information, and Settings.
When you first set up your initial profile, you are automatically prompted to provide a primary email. The primary email address is used to identify you in Blackboard Learn at any institution.
Make sure to use a personal email address in your profile because you will likely lose access to the email address provided by your institution when you leave. If you use an address that you will eventually lose access to, you also will eventually lose access to your Profile and all of the relationships that you have built through the network.
The system sends you a verification email containing a link that directs you back to your profile, verifying your identity as the owner of that email address. Once verified, your profile is linked to that email address.
The privacy settings in your personal profile set how your profile appears in My Blackboard. Read each option on the Edit My Profile page carefully to set users who can view your profile.
Use the Set Privacy Options under Settings to set what information you would like to appear throughout your courses. To learn more about the privacy settings, see Changing Your Password, Personal Information, and Settings.
When you create or edit your profile, you can pull in your profile picture, Facebook-specific email address and a brief “about me” description from your Facebook or Twitter profiles.
If you do not see Facebook and Twitter integration, your school has not turned it on.
More workplaces are performing social screening before hiring to evaluate a candidate's character, personality, and fit with their company. For this reason, it is important to present yourself appropriately in your Blackboard profile, which is intended for lifelong academic and professional networking.
Most workplaces are performing social screening to:
You choose how the world sees you. Convey a professional image through the pictures and words you use. Avoid posting anything provocative or inappropriate.
Make sure what you say online accurately represents how you want future employers to see you. Check what you write before posting. Spelling mistakes look bad and are easy to catch and fix. Be positive and constructive in what you say. Avoid making discriminatory comments and talking about drinking or using drugs.
As you present yourself online, you must be safe. To learn more, see Protecting Your Reputation and Identity Online.
Use your profile wall to update and have conversations with those who follow you.
You can find and interact with anyone with a user profile. If prompted, you must accept the terms of service and provide an email address before viewing profiles for the first time.
Previews of the profiles are available when you place your mouse cursor over a user’s avatar. Click View Profile to view the full profile and interact with them. You can click the flag icon to report inappropriate content in the profile.
You cannot view the profile of users who have set their profile to hidden or private, if you are not enrolled in the same course or organization they are.
You can map multiple Blackboard Learn accounts to a single Blackboard Profile in the cloud. This allows you to maintain one profile and the academic relationships you have built across multiple institutions and for the life of your academic career.
You are not required to merge Profiles. You can maintain independent profiles by using a different Primary Email Address per profile.
You cannot reverse merged profiles.
Each time you create a profile from a unique Blackboard Learn instance you are asked to enter a primary email address. If you the same email address as in the initial set up, the Social cloud service asks you to confirm if you want to use the previously created Profile.
If you choose to use your previous profile, the system sends another verification email. Click the link in the email to verify you are the owner.
After clicking the link, you are directed to the merge confirmation screen that explains what takes place when you link this subsequent Blackboard Learn account to the profile you created from your initial Blackboard Learn account.
After you merge your profiles, you will only have a single Blackboard profile in the cloud associated with both of your Blackboard Learn accounts.
If you have two or more existing profiles already, you can merge them into one profile.
Choose a profile to be your target profile. We recommend choosing a profile that uses the same personal email address as the primary email address.
Edit the primary email field of each of the remaining existing profiles to use the same email address as the target profile. This initiates the merge process.
Any existing activity and relationships—posts, comments, space memberships, followers/following relationships—are merged into the target profile. The avatar, About Me, and Area of Study are only retained from the target profile.
If your institution makes Enhanced Profiles available, you can follow, block, or message a user from their profile card. If you select the Follow button on a user's profile, their posts and comments from their profile walls are aggregated on your Posts page in My Blackboard. The People page in My Blackboard provides access to requests to follow you, who is currently following you, and who you are following.
If profile cards display only a user's name, avatar, nickname, about me information, and academic discipline, your institution does not have Enhanced Profiles.
If prompted, users must accept the Blackboard Profile Terms of Service before they can access any of the Cloud Profiles and Social features for the first time. These features include Edit Profile, View Profile (your own or another user’s), People, Messages, or Spaces.
Your institution can include their policy statement. The terms of service contract however, is between you and Blackboard.
If prompted, you must agree to the Blackboard Terms of Service before you can continue using your previously created Profile, or accessing People, Messages, or Spaces. You will be asked to agree to the terms of service the first time you access any of those tools.
If you agree to the terms of service, all of your profile information and activity will remain the same. If you decline the terms of service, your existing profile and any activity in the social tools, such as wall posts and messages, is deleted permanently.
The Profile deletion process is irreversible. You can always create a new profile, but it will not “re-attach” to any of your previous data, such as posts made to Spaces and your profile wall.
You can delete your profile by clicking your avatar to access the Edit Profile page. When you click Delete My Blackboard Profile: