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Getting Started

Navigating Outside a Course
Navigating Inside a Course
My Blackboard and the User Menu
Multi-language Support
Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities


Navigating Outside a Course

I'm logged in. Now how do I get to my courses?

The easiest way is to click on the name in the My Current / Recent Courses module, which displays, by default, the current semester courses. To display your course sites in this module from previous semesters and courses that are not semester-based, click on the small circle icon found in the module header, check the boxes next to the semesters and the courses within those semesters you want shown and click Submit. To display courses that are not semester-based, check the box next to Show Other Courses and click Submit.

You can also click the Courses tab found in the top frame to see a list of every course you have ever been enrolled in (unless the course has been disabled). 

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Now I'm in one of my courses. How to I get to another course?

You can use Course-to-Course navigation to move from one course to another, without have to go back to the My Current / Recent Courses module.  Click the down-arrow located at the end of the course name, in the top left of your course page, then click on the name of the course you want to jump to.  You will land in the same page or task as the course you are jumping out of.  For example, if you are working in the Grade Center of a course and jump to another course, you will land in its Grade Center.

Course-to-course navigation

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Why don't all the sites I'm enrolled in show up in the My Current/Recent Courses module?

The default for this module is to display only the current semester's courses (or in the case of yearlong courses, the current academic year's courses). To display your course sites from previous semesters and courses that are not semester-based, click on the small circle icon found in the module header, check the boxes next to the semesters and the courses within those semesters you want shown and click Submit. To display courses that are not semester-based, check the box next to Show Other Courses and click Submit.

Your Organizations are listed separately in the My Organizations Plus module, which is not sortable.

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 Why are courses I am not currently enrolled in are still listed in my Course List under the Courses tab?

This list is designed to give you easy access to all Blackboard course sites in which you have ever been enrolled at Princeton.  The Course List module cannot be modified.

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Can I add or remove modules from the My Blackboard page?

You can add and remove modules to the My Blackboard page by clicking the Add Module button in the upper left corner, checking/unchecking the boxes next to the names of the modules. Modules with the check box grayed out cannot be removed. Remember to click Submit to lock in changes.

You can also remove modules from the My Blackboard page by click the little "x" in the header. If there is no "x", the module cannot be removed.

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Can I rearrange the My Blackboard page?

You can reposition the modules using drag-and-drop technology, or you can use Keyboard Accessible Reordering by clicking the icon found in the top right of the frame, beside the Personalize Page button.

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Multi-Language Support

Is English the only language I can access Blackboard in?

Blackboard is available in Arabic, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Dutch, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Russian, Spanish, Suomi, and Swedish.  The entire system is set to a specific language (in our case, Princeton English), but a language may be selected as a preference by users. To support cross-border education, as well as foreign language courses, Instructors can set the language of a course independently from the language setting of the overall system.

Language Packs change the text displayed on the screen by the system, including buttons and titles to different languages. Language Pack preferences are defined at the system, Course, and user level.

At the system level, the Administrator defines one Language Pack as the system default (Princeton English, in our case). This is the Language Pack that appears when no other Language Pack is specified at the Course level or at the User level.

At the Course level, Instructors can set a Language Pack that is different from the default to make all users in the Course view the same Language Pack. If the Language Pack is not enforced, users can set a preferred Language Pack that is different than the Course Language Pack.

Note: Customized names for Content Areas and Tools are not changed with the Language Pack. These values stay the same through all Language Packs. The default names in the system are translated and appear differently in each Language Pack.

Individual users can set a language  for a the entire Blackboard site following these steps:

  1. Under the My Blackboard tab, in the Tools module, select Personal Information.
  2. Click Change Personal Settings.
  3. Select a User Language Pack from the drop-down list.
  4. Click Submit. 

Note: If an instructor has set a language for a particular site and selected Enforce Language Pack, that site will not be impacted by an individual's locale setting.


Instructors can set a language for a course following these steps:

  1. Open the Customization contextual menu (in the Control Panel) and select Properties.
  2. Select a Language Pack from the drop-down list.
  3. Click Enforce Language Pack to always display this course in the selected locale (optional)
  4. Click Submit.

Note: If a locale is not chosen for a course the course will display in the user’s preferred language pack or, if the user has not set a preferred  language pack, in the system default  language pack.

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User Manual  Select 9.1 SP14 from the Table of Contents, then select your role (Instructor or Student)

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