Blackboard is the
class management software we use here at USCB. All classes can have
a Blackboard component. Blackboard allows USCB faculty to
create a course web site for class communications, posting
assignments, posting readings, linking to complementary web sites,
administering exams, and much more, all with little or no knowledge
of web site design or HTML.
If you do not know your USCB Network Username/PW combination (or if
you have forgotten your password), follow the instructions below.
Login to VIP (http://vip.sc.edu
(Forget your PIN ? Students should contact the
Registrar's Office; faculty/staff should contact your departmental
Human Resources representative)
- Click on the
- Click on Show Me
Network Username. Your USCB Network Username will be
displayed and you will be prompted to choose your password. You
must type in the password twice to verify your choice.
- Click on the SET
PASSWORD button to set your new password
If you receive errors
from VIP (either when looking up your username or setting the
password), please carefully record the error message and code and
contact the Information Commons Help Desk,
208-8278 or 208-8024.
Logging in to Blackboard:
To access your Blackboard account, point your web browser to the web
and login at the screen
prompts. After logging in successfully, you will see your classes
listed. The system is easy to navigate, and the HELP icon at the top
of the screen will take you to detailed documentation on using the
PLEASE NOTE: The AOL browser is incompatible with
Blackboard. If you use AOL (or another internet service that
provides a customized browser), you should install Netscape or IE,
minimize your AOL or other ISP application after connection, and
then use Netscape or IE for Blackboard.
Problems with a Blackboard Session?
If you have problems with any Blackboard feature during a session,
you should first be sure you are using a compatible web browser
properly configured as outlined above.
You should also be sure to always use the navigation tools
provided in the Blackboard session whenever possible, rather than
navigating through your browser using Back/Forward/Refresh, etc.
Also, it is critical to avoid refreshing and resizing your screen
when in Blackboard, especially in critical situations like taking a
If you are getting strange responses from Blackboard (buttons
won't open, bad information displayed, etc.), always try to clear
the cache in your browser; also try logging out of Bb and back in,
and closing your browser, reopening, and logging back in.
If you still experience problems, please contact
Information Commons Help Desk at
208-8278 or 208-8024.
Setting Your Email Address for Class Communications:
By default, your Gamecock Email (GEM) address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
will be your default email address on Blackboard, but you can change
this to whatever email address you prefer to use for class
communications. From the MY USC menu, select Personal
Information from the Tools menu, then Edit Personal
Information. Be sure you click on Submit in step 3 to
register your changes, and then OK to verify your changes.
Don't Forget to Logout:
Always Logout of a Blackboard session when you are finished. If you
are in a public lab, be especially careful to logout, and to quit
the browser, too.
For help throughout the semester contact
COMMONS staff at 208-8278 or 208-8024.