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Accessing Blackboard

Point Park University's Blackboard site may be accessed at Students, faculty and staff will use their Point Park Domain Account to log in to Blackboard. Contact the Technology Help Desk for assistance with any issues pertaining to the use of Blackboard.

Prior to the start of every semester, Information Technology Services populates the system with the names of students registered for that semester. Additional student accounts will be added to the system periodically throughout the add/drop period to reflect changes in registration status. Only students registered for the current semester will have access to the Blackboard system.

What is Blackboard?

The Blackboard course management platform brings the latest in proven educational technology tools to Point Park University by making class content available to students via the Internet. Because it is web-based, it also makes course materials readily available to students any time they wish.

Point Park University uses Blackboard Enterprise, a course management software that provides many of the latest Web 2.0 technologies to students for learning such as: blogs, wikis and Instant Messaging. The GROUP feature allows students to break into smaller teams to communicate and collaborate on projects. Blackboard facilitates expanded coverage and interaction with subjects by supporting video and audio from a wide variety of web sources including podcasts and v-casts.

For 100 percent online courses at Point Park University, all course materials, teacher-to-student and student-to-student interaction take place using the Blackboard system.

Blackboard is also an integral part of hybrid courses at Point Park University. Hybrid courses are a mix of online course work and traditional face-to-face classes. Course materials and online interaction such as discussion forums are conducted in Blackboard, but students also attend classes on campus.

Even traditional face-to-face courses use the Blackboard platform as a supplement to a course by posting information such as: a course syllabus, handouts and faculty contact info.

Point Park University is committed to providing the student and faculty with the latest in proven educational technology that will enhance and expand the learning experience. Point Park is also dedicated to providing students and faculty with support in the use of those technologies and tools to optimize the teaching experience.

New faculty or faculty with questions about using Blackboard for their classes should contact the instructional technologist at 412-392-6178.