Getting Started with Blackboard

To get started using Blackboard you need to access the dedicated Blackboard site. If on campus and looking at the UEA Portal, there is a link to Blackboard under the search bar entitled LEARN.

There is also a quick link to Blackboard on the home page of the UEA Portal.

Clicking either of these will take you to the Blackboard site. From a web browser where you are not on the UEA Portal (i.e. off Campus), you can enter the following web address: 

Note users accessing from Health Online would also access from 

Your modules will be listed under the MY MODULES heading.

Click on the module title/code to go to the Blackboard module.

You can choose how to display your modules by selecting the cog icon which appears when you hover over the MY MODULES area – this takes you to the Personalise: My Modules page.

Why are My Modules not Appearing in the List?

There could be a number of reasons for this.

  • You may not be properly enrolled on the module. Check your EVision account. If the module is not listed on EVision report the problem to your Administrative Hub
  • Your lecturer is not using Blackboard to support teaching of the module. Check with your lecturer
  • Your lecturer has not made the site available to students yet. Check with your lecturer.

How to Navigate the Module

To navigate Blackboard, use the module menu on the left of the screen.

Instructors can customise their Blackboard modules to meet the needs of each individual module; therefore not all your Blackboard modules will appear the same, or look like the example opposite.

Typically, a course will include buttons for:

  • Announcements
  • Module information – could include information about the module, e.g. module outlines or handbooks
  • Module documents – could include lecture notes and handouts

You may also have links to a range of Tools including discussion boards, wikis, and blogs. There is a Student Blackboard Orientation Guide available to all students on your Faculty tab, under the heading My UEA Groups.


Supported Operating Systems

Below are listed the minimum operating system requirements needed to run Blackboard without issue. 

Windows (7 | 8 | 10)

Mac OS (10.8 | 10.9 | 10.10 | 10.11 | 10.12 | 10.13)

iOS (7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11)

Android (L | M | N | O)

Chrome OS


Supported Browsers

Blackboard will work with all modern browsers but if you run into issues we recommend Google Chrome as this has the best results.

Downloading Chrome

Download from Google (personal devices)

Download from the UEA Application Catalogue (UEA devices)


Supported File Types

When uploading files to Blackboard or to assessment points below is a list of supported file types you can use.

Please note that not all files can be annotated or recieve feedback. These file types are marked below with .


Microsoft Office

Word (.doc | .docx)

PowerPoint (.ppt | .pptx)

Excel (.xls | .xlsx) 


Text Files

Plain Text (.txt) 

Rich Text (.rtf) 


Adobe Files

Portable Document Format (.pdf)


Image Files

Bitmap (.bmp)

Graphics Interchange Format (.gif)

Joint Photograhic Experts Group (.jpeg)

Portable Network Graphics (.png)

Photoshop Document (.psd)


Video Files

MPEG 4 (.mp4)

Apple QuickTime (.mov)

Audio Video Interleaved (.avi) 


Audio Files

MPEG Audio Layer (.mp3)

Windows Media Audio (.wma)


Open Source

Open Office (.odp | .ods | .odt) 


Mac OS users

If you are using the Grade Centre and are using a Mac by default scrolling is turned off that allows you to move right to left through the columns. In fact the scroll bar is not visible at all.

You can turn this on by clicking on the  logo in the top left of your Mac screen and from the menu that appears select System Preferences.

This will open the System Preferences menu. From the list of options click on the General icon.

Move down to the Show scroll bars section and select Always.

Once you have done this when you go back to the Grade Centre you will see that the scroll bar now appears.