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Changing Your Password, Personal Information, and Settings

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17:03, 10 Apr 2013

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

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Your institution 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 institution will have a different way to change your information. To learn more, please contact your institution.

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How to Edit Personal Information

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

  1. From the global navigation menu, click Settings and select Personal Information. You can also access Personal Information on the Tools panel.
  2. On the Personal Information page, select Edit Personal Information.
  3. On the Edit Personal Information page, make changes to the appropriate fields.
  4. 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.

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Your institution 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 institution will have a different way to change your information. To learn more, please contact your institution.

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

How to Personalize My Settings

If allowed by your institution, you can upload an avatar that is used to represent you throughout the system. Avatar images appear in the page header, blogs, journals, discussions, and within notifications modules such as What's New, Needs Attention, and To Do.

Users can upload a photo or other image they have created to use as an avatar. The recommended pixel size for an avatar image is 150 by 150.

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​Use the following steps to add your avatar image.

  1. From the global navigation menu, click Settings and select Personal Information. You can also access Personal Information on the Tools panel.
  2. On the Personal Information page, select Personalize My Settings.
  3. On the Personalize My Settings page, you can add or change your personal avatar. Select Use custom avatar image. You will not see this option if your institution has turned on the profiles feature.
  4. Click Browse My Computer.
  5. Select the avatar image file and click Open.
  6. Click Submit.

If your institution has enabled the profiles feature, the images students upload to their profile pages appear throughout the system. To learn how to add your avatar to the profiles page, see Profiles.

How to Change Personal Settings

The Change Personal Settings function allows you to manage the content editor, language pack, and the display of page instructions throughout the system.

  1. From the global navigation menu, click Settings and select Personal Information. You can also access Personal Information on the Tools panel.
  2. On the Personal Information page, select Change Personal Settings.
  3. On the Change Personal Settings page, click On to enable the content editor, which allows you to create content through a simple editor when you enter content in text boxes throughout Blackboard Learn.
  4. Select a User Language Pack from the drop-down list that is localized to your culture or accept the default.
  5. 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.
  6. Click Submit.

How to Set Privacy Options

Privacy option allows you to choose the information you want to make publicly available. This information appears in the roster and on group pages. You may also choose to 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 institution 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.

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

  1. From the global navigation menu, click Settings and select Personal Information. You can also access Personal Information on the Tools panel.
  2. On the Personal Information page, select Set Privacy Options.
  3. On the Set Privacy Options page, select the appropriate check boxes to make personal information visible to other Blackboard users.
  4. To list your profile information in the User Directory, select the check box.
  5. To prevent other course members from contacting you by email, select the email option check box.
  6. To prevent your name from appearing in the course roster, select the check box.
  7. Click Submit.

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