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My Blackboard and the user menu are available everywhere in Blackboard Learn and give you a personalized view of your learning environment.

Access the menus next to your name in the page header. The user menu provides access to all your courses and your personal settings, such as text size and personal information.

More on the Settings section

My Blackboard provides access to due dates, users, and social tools that help you discover, connect, communicate, and collaborate with your Blackboard learning network.

My Blackboard icons indicate how many new items appear in each area. Students also see a My Grades icon where they can see their most recently graded items, access their attempts, and see upcoming coursework.

Video: My Blackboard and the User Menu in the Original Experience


Watch a video about My Blackboard

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Video: My Blackboard and the user menu shows how to access My Blackboard and the user menu where you can receive information about all your courses and change personal settings.


Access My Blackboard tools

When you select one of the icons, a page opens. You can access the My Blackboard menu on the left side of the page.


Default My Blackboard tools

This table describes the tools that you may be able to access in My Blackboard.

My Blackboard tools
Tools Description
Bb Home: Provides an overview of the items that you need to grade and recent posts.

If your institution has turned on messages, Bb Home shows a preview of your unread messages.
Calendar: Keep track of upcoming assignments, events, and other due dates.
Posts: Displays recent posts, comments, and replies from discussions, blogs, journals, and wikis in all your courses and organizations.

If your institution has turned on the people and spaces tools, the latest posts by the people and spaces you follow also appear.
Updates: View a list of notifications that alert you to important events and information in all your courses and organizations.
Retention Center: Check the overall academic health of your courses in the main table and drill in to see who is struggling.
Home: Displays a site or area your institution chose.
Help: Go to Behind the Blackboard for manuals, tutorials, and more.

My Blackboard social tools

Identity and presence are an important part of the online learning environment. With My Blackboard's social learning tools, you can create an online identity, find and connect with other users, and engage in group and peer collaboration.

If you don't see these tools, your institution hasn't turned them on.

My Blackboard social community
Tools Description
Profile: Define your personal identity to share with the people in your academic network. After you upload your image, it replaces the empty profile icon.
People: Find and interact with your students and peers.
Messages: Communicate with anyone in your Blackboard learning network, even those outside of the course environment.
Spaces: Work and communicate collaboratively with the people in your academic network.

Watch a video about the social tools in My Blackboard

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: Blackboard Learn Social Learning Tools shows you how to discover, connect, communicate, and collaborate with your learning network.


The Posts page

Each new post appears with a preview of the content, location, and author. Select a post to expand the content in the right panel. For discussion posts, select Reply or Quote to contribute. You can provide and view comments for wiki and blogs, but an instructor can disallow comments on a wiki. Only instructors can comment on journal entries.

If your institution has the people and spaces tools turned on, the latest posts by the people and spaces you follow also appear.


Filter posts

These filter options appear in the left panel:

  • All: View all the posts in your courses, even if you haven't posted. This filter option doesn't appear if no one has posted.
  • @me: View only your posts. This filter option doesn't appear if you haven't made any posts.
  • Custom: If posts exist in your courses, this filter option appears. If you've posted, you can select the check box in the pop-up box to view only the posts in the courses that you've participated in. If you haven't posted, the custom pop-up box is empty or has no check box.

If you need to view an older post that doesn't appear, access the course and the tool where the post was made.

On the Updates page, you see notifications for each course and organization you're enrolled in or teach.

To access the Updates page, access the menu next to your name in the page header. The My Blackboard menu opens. Select the Updates icon.

If prompted, you must accept the terms of service and provide an email address before you can use this tool for the first time.


The Updates page

  1. Browse all notifications.
  2. View notifications by course.
  3. Open a notification's menu to take action.
  4. Select the notification types you want to show. If you hide a notification on the Updates page, the notification isn't removed from your system-wide notification settings.

How long do updates last?

Posts stay in My Blackboard for seven days. Grades stay in My Blackboard for as long as you have access to your courses. For updates, your institution controls how long notifications stay in My Blackboard. You can dismiss an update after you view it.