Step 2: Browser and Logins
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Please log in to https://blackboard.umaryland.edu and then come back to this page. DO NOT CONTINUE UNTIL YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY LOGGED IN - Or you will get Access Denied errors.
NOTE: As of July 2, 2021, all incoming students are automatically enrolled in the SOWK 690 Incoming Student Prerequisites course, which contains the Blackboard orientation quiz and certificate.
If you see an Error message, you are probably not logged in. Log in first!