Blackboard at the UO has scheduled maintenance, but is very seldom down except as scheduled. Our target is 99.9% scheduled uptime! Still, it's possible that when you try to connect to Blackboard you may be unsuccessful. Here's what to do next.
I've lost my course menu. All I can see is the course home page.
If you visit a Blackboard site and discover that nothing looks right -- that all you see is the announcements or the "home page" for the site -- then probably what has happened is that your left column, with the main menu, has been minimized.
There are many advanced tools such as discussion forums, wikis, blogs and send email functions that you may wish to use in your course. Students can find these tools by searching through the list of Blackboard tools. However, you may wish to add a link directly to the tool that shows up on the navigation sidebar for your course in order to help students avoid having to navigate through the lengthy list of tools available under the "Tools" link.
Blackboard is the online course management system at the University of Oregon. It is designed to provide a collection of tools to help instructors and students supplement, and sometimes replace, face to face learning.
What software do I need on my computer to use Blackboard?