Blackboard Getting Started

There are several ways to get started in Blackboard. Review the links below and choose the tools that fit your learning style. Make sure to bookmark these pages for quick reference as you work on or copy your courses each semester. Be aware some of the resources here may have different template styles and colors than the UAA course shells, the tools and instructions are the same.

Blackboard Course Environment & Navigation

Review Basic Tools

Log in to your Blackboard Account

  • You will need an active UAA Username and Password to log in
    • If you are a new hire this information is mailed to you from Human Resources 
    • If you have forgotten or need to reset your password go to 
    • For further log in & password assistance contact UAA IT Services 907-786-4646
  • Log in at the Blackboard Log In Page

Activate your Course(s)

It is up to each instructor to activate each Blackboard course content area making them "available" for student access. Please make your courses available on the first day of the semester. To make your courses available follow the instructions below:

  • Log in to your Blackboard account
  • Select the course (each course must be activated individually)
  • Go to Customization in Course Management 
  • Select Properties
  • Scroll to item #3 Select Availability
  • Select YES
  • Click SUBMIT
  • Note the (unavailable) tag will no longer show on your course list

This course will now be available for viewing by all students registered through the UAOnline system. 

Practice & Master eLearning Course Design & Management Tools


Log In with your Student User Account

Log in as your Student User to see a "student view" of the content you have created in your course. 

You can take tests and quizzes to make sure they function the way you intend, review the student "my grades" tool and navigate through your course content and design as your students will see it.

  • Your student username is: username_student
  • Your student username password is: UA ID#_student


  • username: djones3_student,
  • password: 30123456_student



Need additional help or training?

Workshops and consultation are available from UAA Academic Innovations & eLearning.