Where to start with Blackboard?

Blackboard is the Learning Management System at AUT. Every course at AUT has a presence online in Blackboard.

How to get to the AUT Blackboard system?

There are different ways of getting to Blackboard.

  • If you are on the AUTi page, the ‘Blackboard’ link is available under the ‘Systems’ section near the bottom of the page;
  • If you are on the AUT website homepage (www.aut.ac.nz), at the bottom of the page, the ‘Blackboard’ option is on the task bar
  • If you are on ICT’s network services page (https://networkservices.aut.ac.nz), Blackboard is accessible via ‘Quick Links’ and then ‘Blackboard’
  • You can also access Blackboard directly via at https://blackboard.aut.ac.nz

How do I log into Blackboard?

You log into Blackboard using your AUT account.

If you do not have an AUT account, i.e., you are a new staff or if your username and password don’t work, please contact the IT Service Desk on 921 9888 or ext.9888, or via email: ithelp@aut.ac.nz

Basic interface once you’ve logged in

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Where are my courses?

Courses are can be found in the ‘My Current Courses’ module on the Blackboard homepage once you’ve logged in. If you do not see your course listed in the ‘My Current Courses’ module, there could be several reasons:

  1. You are a new or existing lecturer and have not been added to courses
    • You can contact the programme leader or lecturers who is a part of the paper to add you into the course shell in Blackboard. They can add you in via the Course Requests tab in Blackboard.
  2. Courses are not current anymore
    • Courses only stay in the ‘My Current Courses’ module 20 days after the semester ends. Once it ends the course can still be accessed by the ‘All My Courses’ tab.
  3. A course has not been requested
    • Courses at AUT are created for each semester each year. If the course that you are teaching is not created, you can set it up by putting in a request under Course Requests tab. The request can be a copy of an existing course that run in the past or a new blank course. The requests will be processed by the Learning Technologies team before you can see it on your Backboard homepage.

Now that your course is ready for you, you can refer to the article Blackboard Basics for an overview of how you can share learning resources and communicate with students.