Once you log in you are displayed with the initial page of the environment.

At the top of the page there are four fixed buttons and two tabs.

Let’s begin with the four buttons:

1. Blackboard Learn: link to ACG’s website  Blackboard

2. “Open Global Navigation Menu” – By clicking the arrow next to your name. The menu provides you with quick access to your courses and your personal information settings.

1) Courses – Find all the courses to which you are registered at the moment (the same can be seen by clicking the Courses tab at the initial page).
Keep in mind: Students are enrolled in their Bb courses after the end of online late registration and at the latest by the first day of classes. If you cannot see your course for any reason, notify your Professor. He/she will make sure that you are enrolled in the Blackboard course or that the course is on and available for the students to see.

2) Tools – Find links that gives you access the following:

  • Announcements
  • Send Email
  • User Directory

3) Settings – Find links that allows you to make changes according to your preferences (see Settings table).

At the end of the menu we have two more features:

  • Home
  • Help – supports you with help in Blackboard through manuals, tutorials and more.
Settings TableDescription
Change Text SizeUse the instructions given to change the text size according to browser
High Contrast SettingClick it if you want to use your operating system’s high contrast or keep the Blackboard style
Personal InformationEdit personal information by changing the appropriate fields, change your password and specify which fields of your personal information should be publicly available
Edit Notifications SettingsManage notification settings for the courses you are enrolled in
Notification DashboardBy clicking it, you go to your initial Blackboard environment where you can see the notifications for all the courses you are enrolled. These notifications appear in different modules that you can add, remove and customize
Privacy and Terms of UseBlackboard will collect, use, and store your personal information that is necessary to use this application and the related functionalities. Blackboard handles this information on behalf of your institution.

3. Log out: The Log out button is located at the upper right corner of your page. It logs you out of the Blackboard platform and closes your page in the Blackboard server. Always remember to LOG OUT when you finish, in order to deactivate your account.

4. Quick Links – It gives you an outline of the page you currently are. By clicking the icon, a pop-up window opens that displays all of the page landmarks and headings, allowing you to select one and jump directly to that location within the page. Any available keyboard shortcuts for the page are also displayed.

The two tabs are:

My Institution

The tab consists of three default panels: Tools (A), My Announcements (B) and My Courses (C). (If you would like to add modules the number of panels will increase)

  • Select the Modules you would like to appear in “My Institution” tab by clicking the “Add Module” button (D) and checking the corresponding boxes (always remember to click OK for applying your changes).
  • Personalize your page from the Personalize Page button (E) (always remember to click Submit for applying your changes).
  • Alter the order of the boxes with the Keyboard Accessible Reordering: Modules button (F), according to your preferences.

If you want any further assistance please go to “Access Bb” > “My Institution Tab”.   


“My Courses” – Displays a list of the courses that you are enrolled at the moment and through it you can access each course page. The same can be done by the “Courses tab”.

A. Course Search – Type the name of the course you are looking for and click Go.

B. Course List – Look for your course and click its name so as to open it.

Group by Terms

You are able to group your courses by managing the  “My Courses” (via My Institution tab) and “Course List” (via Courses tab) modules by using “Terms”. A term is mainly a label with a date range which will be used to define ACG’s semesters, terms, sessions, e.t.c. It will also be associated with Academic Societies and Student Services. The Terms are used for organization and classification purposes.

To be able to view the Terms, you first need to enable them within the respective module. To do this, follow the steps below:

  • Log in to Blackboard Learn.
  • Visit the “My Courses” module (the gear button) in the My Institution tab or the “Course List” module (the gear button) on the Courses tab.
  • Click the “Manage My Courses Module Settings.”
  • Check the “Group by Term” check box.
  • Remember to click “Submit”.

The final product is :

Reorder Grouped Courses

  • After you successfully group your courses, you can reorder them in any way you want.
  • Click on the gear button at the top-right of the “My Courses” module.
  • While inside the “Personalize: Course List” drag the double-headed arrow with your cursor in order to rearrange your Groups.
  • After you finish, remember to click the “Submit” button.

To view the contents of a term i.e. Fall Semester 2021 , you will click the arrow so as to expand or collapse its contents.