Blackboard Getting Started

There are several ways to get started in Blackboard. Review the links below and choose the tools that fit your learning style. Make sure to bookmark these pages for quick reference as you work on or copy your courses each semester. Be aware some of the resources here may have different template styles and colors than the UAA course shells, the tools and instructions are the same.

Step 1 - Blackboard Course Environment & Navigation

Step 2 - Review Basic Tools

Step 3 - Log in to your Blackboard account

  • You will need an active UAA Username and Password to log in
    • If you are a new hire this information is mailed to you from Human Resources 
    • If you have forgotten or need to reset your password go to 
    • For further log in & password assistance contact UAA IT Services 907-786-4646
  • Log in at the Blackboard Log In Page

Step 4 - Activate your Course

It is up to each instructor to activate their Blackboard course and make them "available" for student access. Please make your courses available on the first day of the semester. To make your courses available follow the instructions below:

  • Log in to your Blackboard account
  • Select the course (each course must be activated individually)
  • Go to Customization in Course Management 
  • Select Properties
  • Scroll to item #3 Select Availability
  • Select YES
  • Click SUBMIT
  • Note the (unavailable) tag will no longer show on your course list

This course will now be available for viewing by all students registered through the UAOnline system. 

Step 5 - Practice & Master eLearning Course Design & Management Tools


Log In with your Student User Account

Log in as your Student User to see a "student view" of the content you have created in your course. 

You can take tests and quizzes to make sure they function the way you intend, review the student "my grades" tool and navigate through your course content and design as your students will see it.

  • Your student username is: username_student
  • Your student username password is: UA ID#_student


  • username: djones3_student,
  • password: 30123456_student



Banner Maker Tool for Blackboard

The Banner Maker tool is a simple online tool to assist you in making a banner that you can save an upload into your Blackboard course. Make sure you have copyright permission to use any photos or images that you upload. As university staff & faculty you have access to UAA stock photos through the UAA Photo Bank. There are many great campus photos for you to choose from. Have fun and make it unique!

  • This tool works best using the Firefox browser
  • Make sure your browser accepts pop ups so you can save your creation.

Need additional help or training?

Workshops and consultation are available from UAA Faculty Technology Center.