UNIV 1301 - Blackboard FAQ

A Basic Overview of Blackboard

BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

1. If you need one-on-one help with a Blackboard issue, click here to contact the Blackboard Help Desk at any time - help is available 24-7!

2. This guide explains how to use Blackboard via the Web. Although there are Blackboard apps available for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS, you are **strongly** discouraged from using any Blackboard apps unless you have a HIGH level of experience with Blackboard.

Most students should stick to the Blackboard website!

If you have a grading-related Blackboard question, click here

There are two (2) ways to access Blackboard.

The first method is to visit http://mycourses.utrgv.edu and then enter your UTRGV email address and password.

The second method is to visit http://my.utrgv.edu and then enter your UTRGV email address and password.

If you use the my.utrgv.edu option, you will need to click on the Blackboard icon in the "Applications" menu.

NOTE that this is also where you can access Microsoft Word for free if you do not have it installed on your own computer - just click on Office 365.

Whichever method you use, you will know that you have logged into Blackboard successfully when you see the screen with "My Courses" in the upper-left corner of the screen.

Click on the current semester and then click on UNIV 1301 (or whatever course you are trying to access).

HELPFUL TIP: If you log into Blackboard and can't find a course, that probably means you are not officially registered for it! Visit with U Central for help!

Once you click on UNIV 1301, you will arrive a the Home Page for our course Blackboard site. Each page within the site has a title at the top of the screen - in this example, "Home Page."

At the left-hand side of the screen is the navigation menu that allows you to navigate within our course Blackboard site.

When you first visit the course Blackboard site, you should click on "Start here!" FIRST so you can review a guide that explains each section of the site (Announcements, Syllabus, etc.).

ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO COMPLETE THE COURSE IS EXPLAINED IN "START HERE!"

  1. Announcements - important info shared by Dr. Saldivar
  2. Syllabus - 'guidebook' for the course
  3. Calendar (also found within the syllabus)
  4. Weekly Lessons - readings, quizzes, reflection journals, etc.
  5. Assignments - TWO big assignments this semester
  6. Rubrics - how are you being graded?
  7. Academic Advising - academic advising info
  8. My Grades - course gradebook

In particular, be sure you visit the Weekly Lessons page regularly to complete readings, quizzes, reflections journals, and other weekly course work!!

The "My Grades" section will keep a running total of the points you have earned in the course!