Online Learning (Blackboard Learn)

IT Support for Online Teaching and Learning

Email MIS Helpdesk and create a ticket for ANY Blackboard related issues, we will find right resources to assist you. Updates will be sent to your email provided.

Login (via SSO) using your portal username and password to access your courses on Blackboard Learn.  All courses including 'on-campus', 'hybrid', 'on-a-schedule' online, and 'anytime' online course have their course sites in Blackboard Learn . Depending on the type of a course, instructors may use course sites differently. Contact your instructor if you have a course content-specific question.  Courses hosted in Blackboard Learn may use the Class Collaborate video conferencing tool that is available inside of your course to host live class session, office hours, and other virtual meeting or events.

For questions on student login information, please view to this document.

In case of SSO server is down, you can login to your courses via Blackboard Direct Login Link: First time login - view Direct Login Instruction for more information.


Access Course Shell in Blackboard Learn

*Faculty NO LONGER needs to fill out a course request form. You will have to fill out the online form only if you want to merge enrollment of multiple sections into one course site, or need assistance to copy content from previous taught course.

*Students’ last course access date is two weeks after the end of each semester. The end of access date will apply to all courses (16 week regular, late starting, and short-term courses) unless instructor make changes.

Starting January 2022, a small group of faculty signed up to participate in spring Ultra pilot project and their courses have been created in new Blackboard Ultra format. In spring 2022, summer 2022, and fall 2022 with multiple Ultra pilot groups, from various departments and subjects, running their courses in dual modes (Original Course and Ultra Course views), we have now successfully transitioned to full Ultra mode starting spring 2023.  Changes are made on course availability per Academic Standard Committee’s request. Please review the information below carefully.

  1. new semester courses are available and will be open to students 7 days before course start dates published in course catalog ( It is encouraged that all instructors to post an announcement or syllabus that clearly state the expectation of the classes in Blackboard course sites.
  2. Instructors have an option to ‘make a course private’ before each semester starts. Private course does not allow students to access entire course site. After course start dates, courses will remain open so students can access and view course content posted in Blackboard Learn. Instructors have options to hide certain content or course items in Blackboard course site. Contact IT helpdesk or Blackboard LMS administrator if you have trouble to open a course or have special requests.
  3. Course section merge: you must send request to us to merge multiple sections of same course, or merge sections of cross-listed courses into one combined section (parent section). Instructors only see the combined section and students will only see their enrolled section. But the combined section will host all course content, enrollments, and gradebook etc. Individual instructor assigned to the children sections will be listed as one of the instructors in the combined section. It is recommended to send your request and have the sections merged BEFORE you copy/add any course content to your course sections. Request form is available online ( Morton network account login required).

Important Dates for Blackboard Learn Courses

2023 Spring Important Dates

November 10, 2022 – active and approved spring courses are added into the Blackboard Learn. Faculty start to have access to course sites in Blackboard. Blackboard courses will be updated weekly as new section is entered into the system or upon request.

November 10, 2022 ~ January 7, 2023 – spring courses are available to faculty only. During this period, faculty may start to add/copy course content, send request to merge enrollment/sections. Courses are set to unavailable to students.

January 8, 2023 – spring term is set to available. Courses becomes open (7 days before each course start date) to students. Enrollments will be refreshed weekly till semester begins.

January 17, 2023 – spring semester begins. Enrollment will be refreshed daily for add/drop weeks. Enrollment will be updated daily in the week of 10-days, and midterm verification periods.

May 22, 2023 – final grades due. Post final grades in panther portal.

May 30, 2023 – last day that students can access their spring courses through the Blackboard (for all 16 week regular, late starting, and short-term courses). Faculty can continue to access private courses (up to 6 semesters).


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