Step 2: Browser and Logins

Introduction

STEP 2: USING GOOGLE CHROME AND LOGGING IN

This step introduces you to the preferred browser for Blackboard: Google Chrome. Included in this step are links to download Chrome as well as explore mobile offerings.

Getting Started

Click this link to view the Minimum Technology Requirements for participating in all SSW courses.

All students will need to use Duo multi-factor authentication to enter Blackboard. 

Please see this Introduction video from CITS about getting this set up and entering Blackboard:

DETERMINE IF YOUR COMPUTER OR MOBILE DEVICE IS BLACKBOARD COMPATIBLE

Supported Browsers, Operating Systems, and Devices

PLEASE NOTE: not all functions work on all devices. We strongly advise against trying to complete the MSW program on a mobile phone, since there are functions in Blackboard that ONLY work properly on a laptop or desktop computer. 

WHAT BROWSER DO I NEED?

Google Chrome is the required web browser for your Blackboard Courses. Please do not use Safari, Explorer, Firefox or other browsers. 

Download Google Chrome

If you currently do not have Google Chrome on your computer, please DOWNLOAD FOR FREE HERE.

How Do I Access My Blackboard Course

To access your courses, you will need to go to blackboard.umaryland.edu. You will need a working UMID from CITS before you can log in.

It is also most useful if your campus email address is set up before you log into Blackboard the first time.  

Please note that your instructors make the course available to you in Blackboard. Until they do, you will not see your course listed in Blackboard. 

Some instructors open courses early and some do not. If you do not see your course listed and are eager to, please email your instructor.  Neither the IDEA Team nor any other staff entity will make your course available before the semester begins. Only your instructor will do so.

Here is a UMB Directory where you can locate folks by last name: https://cf.umaryland.edu/directory/   Another tip, is that in Outlook, typically, when composing a message, if you start typing a last name, it will pull up suggested people from the directory, as well as typically offer up a directory where you can search for folks.

Can I Access Blackboard on a Mobile Device

Click these links to access Blackboard on your iOS, Android, Windows. You can also use Bb Student Mobile app.

PLEASE NOTE: not all functions work on all devices. We strongly advise against trying to complete the MSW program on a mobile phone, since there are functions in Blackboard that ONLY work properly on a laptop or desktop computer. If you try working on a mobile phone and something doesn't work, we suggest trying Chrome, Safari, and the Blackboard app - and it if still doesn't work, your only option is to use a laptop or desktop computer.

What is the Link

The Blackboard link is also available on the main SSW website.

What USERID and Password do I Use

You will need to login into Blackboard using your UMID and password. These are managed in the campus directory system, by CITS

I Cannot Remember My USERID and Password

If you do not know your MYUMB ID, please go here.

I Lost My Phone and Cannot Access DUO

You can generate a bypass code to log into Blackboard from anywhere with an internet connection at https://directory.umaryland.edu 

After logging in, select Multi Factor Authentication (Duo) on the left, and the select the yellow "Generate Bypass Code"  button. 

You will be given an alphanumeric code.

When you are faced with DUO, you will then click to submit the bypass code you generated, so you do not need your cell phone. 

   

EXERCISE 2:

Important

If you see an Error message, you are probably not logged in. Log in first! 

These tutorials will serve reminders later during your studies if you forget how to do something within Blackboard. 

Once you have logged into the Blackboard Orientation course, please move to Step 3.