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Changing Your Password, Personal Information, and Settings

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You can edit your personal information and settings from the user menu in the global navigation.

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Your school may not allow you to change your personal information, password, or settings through Blackboard Learn. Because Blackboard Learn often shares data with other systems on campus, such as the registrar's office, it may be necessary to ensure that your information is the same everywhere. In this case, your school will have a different way to change your information. To learn more, please contact your school.

How to Edit Personal Information

You can edit the information that appears in your account profile on the Edit Personal Information page. Changes made on this page are reflected throughout Blackboard Learn. For example, if you change your last name, the new last name appears in all courses you are enrolled in. Most of the personal information is optional.

Your school may not allow you to change your personal information through Blackboard Learn. Because Blackboard Learn often shares data with other systems on campus, such as the registrar's office, it may be necessary to ensure that your information is the same everywhere. In this case, your school will have a different way to change your information. To learn more, please contact your school.

  1. Click the global navigation link at the top of the page.
  2. Click Settings and select Personal Information. You can also access Personal Information on the Tools panel.
  3. On the Personal Information page, select Edit Personal Information.
  4. On the Edit Personal Information page, make changes to the appropriate fields.
  5. Click Submit.

How to Change Your Password

Blackboard recommends that you change your password periodically to ensure security. Do not use common personal information as your password, such as your name.

Your school may not allow you to change your password through Blackboard Learn. Because Blackboard Learn often shares data with other systems on campus, such as the registrar's office, it may be necessary to ensure that your information is the same everywhere. In this case, your school will have a different way to change your information. To learn more, please contact your school.

  1. Click the global navigation link at the top of the page.
  2. Click Settings and select Personal Information. You can also access Personal Information on the Tools panel.
  3. On the Personal Information page, select Change Password.
  4. On the Change Password page, type a new password for the account. The password must be at least one character and contain no spaces.
  5. Type the password again to ensure accuracy.
  6. Click Submit.

How to Personalize My Settings

You can upload an avatar that can be used to represent you throughout the system.

  1. Click the global navigation link at the top of the page.
  2. Click Settings and select Personal Information. You can also access Personal Information on the Tools panel.
  3. On the Personal Information page, select Personalize My Settings.
  4. On the Personalize My Settings page, you can add or change your personal avatar. Avatar images should be no larger than 150 pixels by 150 pixels. Select Use custom avatar image.
  5. Click Browse My Computer.
  6. Select the avatar image file and click Open.
  7. You can display links to the courses that you are enrolled in My Blackboard. Select My Courses. To limit the list to the most recently visited courses, type a number in the Show only courses visited since: days field.
  8. Click Submit.

Your personal avatar appears in My Blackboard, blogs, journals, and within Notifications Modules (including What's New, Needs Attention, To Do, and Alerts).

If your school has enabled profiles, you may also upload an avatar there. If you upload different avatars in Personalize My Settings and your profile, the avatar uploaded in your profile overrides any other avatar wherever it appears in your courses.

Your school may not allow you to add an avatar to Blackboard Learn. To learn more, please contact your school.

How to Change Personal Settings

The Change Personal Settings function allows you to manage the Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>content editor <end definition>., language pack, and the display of page instructions throughout the system.

  1. Click the global navigation link at the top of the page.
  2. Click Settings and select Personal Information. You can also access Personal Information on the Tools panel.
  3. On the Personal Information page, select Change Personal Settings.
  4. On the Change Personal Settings page, click On to enable the Text Editor, which allows you to create content through a simple editor when you enter content in text boxes throughout Blackboard Learn.
  5. Select a User Language Pack from the drop-down list that is localized to your culture or accept the default.
  6. To display page instructions for every page, click Yes. Page instructions are brief explanations of the features of a particular page. On some pages, there are links to More Help that opens a new window with additional steps on using the feature you are viewing.
  7. Click Submit.

How to Set Privacy Options

Privacy options allow you to choose the information you would like to make publicly available. This information appears in Rosters and Group pages. You may also make this information available in the User Directory. If an email address is not available it does not appear in the Roster, Group pages, User Directory, the Collaboration tool or in any other part of the application.

If your school has turned profiles and the people tool on, you can set privacy settings within your profile. The privacy settings in your personal profile set how your profile appears in the people tool. Use the Set Privacy Options under Settings to set what information you would like to appear throughout your courses.

To learn about online safety, see Protecting Your Reputation and Identity Online.

  1. Click the global navigation link at the top of the page.
  2. Click Settings and select Personal Information. You can also access Personal Information on the Tools panel.
  3. On the Personal Information page, select Set Privacy Options.
  4. On the Set Privacy Options page, select the appropriate check boxes to make personal information visible to other Blackboard users.
  5. To list your profile information in the user directory, select the check box.
  6. To prevent other course members from contacting you by email, select the email option check box.
  7. To prevent your name from being displayed in the course roster, select the check box.
  8. Click Submit.

Related Tutorials   video  Editing Your Personal Information  (Flash movie | 1m 43s)

 video  Changing Your Password  (Flash movie | 1m 17s)

 video  Setting Your Privacy Options  (Flash movie | 1m 54s)

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