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Getting Started with NWF Online


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Whether you’re taking a traditional, hybrid, or online course, you will find an online classroom available in Blackboard that provides tools and resources to help you succeed.

Get connected and stay connected to your classes by logging in to Blackboard frequently each week. In addition to checking the Activity Stream, the Calendar, and the Grades area (all accessible on the base navigation bar, the menu on the left when you log in), visit Courses and click on each of your online classrooms where your instructor may post additional information and instructions throughout the week.

What You Need to Know About Blackboard

Blackboard Intro

Stay informed about upcoming events and your progress in your courses by viewing the Activity Stream. Check the Activity stream for announcements form your instructor, NWFSC, and LTech.

Documents in Blackboard are available in different formats like audio and HTML for better mobile device viewing. To download a document in an alternative format, select the three dots next to the document in your course.

How to select alternative document formats in Blackboard

Alternative format download menu in Blackboard

To add a file or video to an assignment, use the icons in the tool bar. For more information, go to Blackboard Assignment Help.

Submitting assignments in Blackboard

You can download the Blackboard mobile app on your mobile devices so that you can access your course on the go. The app was not designed to allow students to take courses entirely from their phone. NWF recommends that students access courses from their desktop computers or laptops to optimize their online experience. Download Mobile App.

Check with your instructor if you are not sure where to look for assignment due dates. Some instructors may list due dates in the course syllabus. For information about how to check due dates and add events on the calendar, go to Blackboard Calendar Help.

Courses become available on the first day of the semester. You can search for your courses or filter them. You can search by course name or CRN (5-digit Course Reference Number).

Search for a Course

To make a course a Favorite, click on the Star on the right hand side of the screen. Selecting a course as a favorite will always pin that course at the top of your course page.

How to mark a class as a favorite in Blackboard.

To view your grades, select the Gradebook icon in the top right corner of your course page. For more information about how to check grades in the Gradebook, go to Blackboard Gradebook Help.

Blackboard Gradebook

You can message your instructor within a course by using the messaging feature. College mail is the default communication method for NWF students. Refer to your syllabus or check with your instructor to learn their preferred method of communication.

Blackboard Messaging Preferences

Go to your notification settings from the Blackboard homepage to choose when you will get notified about grades, course changes, new content and more.

Blackboard Notification Settings

Always use Google Chrome in Blackboard. If you log in with Internet Explorer, you will not be able to see all the content in your course.  Download Google Chrome.

To reset your password, click on the Forgot Password link when logging into RaiderNet.CAS Login Forgot Password Instructions

You can add a picture to your Blackboard profile. Go to Blackboard Profile Help for more information. Choose a photo of yourself to give your classmates and instructor an idea of who they are meeting and engaging with. Uploading a headshot of yourself is essential to class presence and participation.

Blackboard User Profile Picture

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