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Getting Started with Blackboard

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Review the information below on recommended browsers for using Blackboard, getting logged into and navigating Blackboard, and where to begin in this tutorial.

Technical Requirements for Using Blackboard

Step 1: Recommended Browsers – Online Learning recommends using either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome for accessing Blackboard.

Please note: Some CFCC applications such as SAM require the use of Internet Explorer.

A list of all supported browsers is available from Blackboard.

Step 2: Browser Check – Perform a Browser Check Green Browser Check Pass Checkmark to ensure your web browser is compatible with Blackboard.

Step 3: Install Java – It is extremely important to have the latest version of Java installed to ensure that Blackboard functions properly.

  • JAVA Logo Update Java on a PC
  • To update Java on a Mac, use the Software Update feature in the Apple menu.

Step 4: Additional Browser Plug-ins – The following add-ins are recommended:

Logging into Blackboard and Accessing your Course(s)

There are two ways to access Blackboard:

  1. Go to and click the My Classes button My Classes button for accessing Blackboard

  2. After you log in look for the My Courses box to see a list of courses you can access.
    • Note: Only the current semester’s courses will be listed. Course numbers containing a Z (ex: ACA122-I1Z) will not be available until the beginning of the 2nd Mini Session.

Global Navigation in Blackboard (Video – 3:40)

Blackboard Global Navigation video

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Navigating Your Course

Blue Questionmark Help IconView a help page on Navigating in the course environment, including the Course Menu and Course-to-Course Navigation.

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Wilmington, NC 28401
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Castle Hayne, NC 28429
(910) 362-7700

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Burgaw, NC 28425
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