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Global Navigation and Using My Blackboard

Access the Global Navigation Menu and My Blackboard

At the top of any page, click the arrow next to your name to access My Blackboard and the global navigation menu.

My Grades

Access My Grades

  1. On the course menu, click Tools or a customized My Grades link.



On the My Institution tab, click My Grades on the Tools panel.



In the page header, click the arrow next to your name to access the My Blackboard menu. Click the My Grades icon.


The My Grades page appears.

before grade details

View Grade Details

If you access My Grades from the My Institution tab or the My Blackboard menu, you see grades for all your courses. On the left side of the screen, you can sort by All Courses or Last Graded.

If you access My Grades inside a course, you see your grades for that course only.

The Order by drop-down list allows you to change the order by Course Order, Last Activity, or Due Date. By default, items are ordered by course order.

Above the list of gradable items, you can narrow the list by selecting All, Graded, Upcoming, or Submitted. For example, Graded shows only items that have been graded by your instructor.

If your instructor included feedback during grading, click the View Feedback icon ( 7 ) to view it in a pop-up box.

If your gradable item has not been graded, the Grade column contains a symbol indicating its status. After an item is graded, the grade appears in the Grade column. To view more detail, click a graded item's title.

My Grade Item Status

The following table describes the symbols appearing on the My Grades page.

Symbol Description
- Item has not been completed. No information is available.
1 Item is completed, but will not have a grade (for items such as surveys).

Item has been submitted. This item is waiting to be reviewed by your instructor.


Item has been submitted. Your instructor may review this item but not provide a grade.

Grade Item has been graded. Click the grade to view detailed feedback.
3 Attempt is in progress. This item has not been submitted. To submit the item, see How to Save an Assignment as a Draft and Submit Later.
4 Grade is exempted for this user. If you do not complete this assignment, it will not affect your grade.
5 Error has occurred. Contact your instructor.
6 Graded anonymously. Appears with rows where your instructor assigned grades with student names hidden during the grading process.
7 Click to view feedback provided during grading.


Student Upgrade Info

Montgomery Community College will be upgrading the Blackboard LMS platform beginning in the Spring 2015 semester. All instructors of online and hybrid courses use Blackboard as the course management system to bring course materials, class discussions, assignments and assessments to students via the Internet. 

Below you will find information and tutorials to help you learn and navigate the new system. The Office of Distance Learning encourages you to explore these tutorials before you begin your courses. 

If you need additional help, please contact the Distance Learning staff in room 273 (CATS Lab), or call 910-576-6222, ext. 523.


Accessing Courses in the New Blackboard

The process for accessing your courses will be the same in the new system. If you have previously taken online courses at MCC, your username and password will remain the same. 

If you are new to online learning, please visit for login information.


Global Navigation

One of the biggest changes in this version is the overall "look" of the Blackboard environment. This includes the Global Navigation feature. Everything you need for all of your online courses is in one convenient location. My Blackboard provides you with quick and easy access to critical and timely information regarding college announcements, courses, and fellow classmates. From My Blackboard, you can view how you are doing in each of the courses you are enrolled in, view grades, be reminded of assignments that are due, and much more.

Watch this short video on global navigation:Global Navigation Video


Printable instructions for using My Blackboard and Global Navigation.


Change Your Password

To change the default password given to you by MCC, click the down arrow beside your name in the global navigation menu (upper right hand corner of the Blackboard window), and choose Personal Information. Now choose the Change Password link to create your password. 


Notification Settings

The notification system alerts you when events occur in your courses, such as when items are due, grades are available, new content and tests are made available, and when you have unread discussions and blogs. Notifications are generated automatically whenever their associated events occur.

Watch this short video on setting up your notifications: Notification Settings Video


Printable instructions for using  Notification Settings.


Blackboard Calendar

The calendar displays a consolidated view of all your institution, course, organization, and personal calendar events. You can view events by day, week, or month. You can view and organize upcoming and past events into categories.

You can also set the first day of your week by changing your personal settings in My Blackboard.

Course calendar events appear to all members of the course. Common entries include upcoming tests, due dates for assignments, or special lectures. Course items with due dates automatically appear in the course calendar. Only instructors may create course calendar events.

Watch this short video on using the new Blackboard Calendar: Blackboard Calendar Video


Printable instructions for using the calendar.


Course Navigation

Courses vary in design depending on the instructor and the institution, but some common elements exist. It is important to know where to find parts of your course, such as the discussion forums, your assignments, and your grades. 


Printable instructions for navigating your Blackboard course(s).


Checking My Grades

The My Grades page shows the status of gradable items, such as tests, assignments, journal and blog entries, and discussion posts.

The My Grades page may include item names, details, due dates, student and instructor dates of activity, posted grades, points possible, links to rubrics used for grading, and your instructor's comments about the items.

Printable instructions for checking your grades in Blackboard.

Navigating Your Blackboard Course

Student View of the Course Environment


  1. Page header: The area at the top of the screen that contains the tabs, your avatar, access to the global navigation menu and My Blackboard, and Logout. The page header elements remain the same regardless of where you are in Blackboard Learn.
  2. Tabs: Blackboard Learn has two common tabs, the My Institution tab and the Courses tab. To learn more, see My Institution Tab and Courses Tab. Your institution can rename tabs.

If your institution licenses content management, a Content Collection tab is available. If your institution licenses community engagement, the Community and Services tabs are available.

  1. Course-to-course navigation: Use this feature to access all courses you are enrolled in. Access the contextual menu next to the house icon to go to another course. Next to the house icon, use the orientation bar to access previous pages you visited recently.
  2. Course menu: The access point for all course content. Instructors determine which links are available here.
  3. Content frame: The larger area of the screen next to the course menu that displays the selected content area, tool, module page, or material. Instructors choose the page that appears here when you enter a course.
  4. Action bar: The rows at the top of the content frame, containing page-level actions, such as Create Thread in the discussion board.

Course Menu

The course menu is the panel on the left side of the interface that contains links to all top-level course areas. Instructors can also provide links to the tools page, individual tools, websites, course items, and module pages. Instructors control the content and tools available on the course menu.

Instructors can customize the style of the course menu. They can change the color, add subheaders and dividers, and choose buttons or text for the links. These customizations create variations in the look and organization of your courses.


  1. For the course menu design, instructors can use text only or labeled buttons for the links.
  2. Open the course menu in a separate window. The detached menu always displays course materials as a directory tree. You can expand the view to show the hierarchy of course navigation and move the window wherever you want.
  3. Refresh your view.
  4. Expand or collapse the course menu frame by moving your mouse pointer near the border and clicking the arrow. When you collapse the course menu, you have more room to view content.

Course-to-Course Navigation

While inside one of your courses, you can conveniently access all of the courses you are enrolled in. Access the contextual menu next to the house icon. Click another course title. If the same page you are currently viewing in the course exists in the next course, that is where you will land. The most recently visited course is listed first.

For example, if you are viewing the announcements page in one course and click another course in the contextual menu, you are taken to that course's announcements page.

Watch a Tutorial

Double-click the video to enlarge the viewing area.

Course Home Page

By default, a link to a course's Home Page appears in the course menu, but your instructor or institution can change this. The Home Page contains modules with information about course events and notifications. The modules function similar to the modules on the My Institution tab. Use the links in modules to navigate to areas in your courses, and add, delete, and rearrange modules. To learn more, see Modules.

Your institution can rename modules and determine which are available.


Printing Course Content

Blackboard Learn is web-based, so printing is handled through your web browser in most cases. If the content is an attached file, such as a Microsoft® Word document, that program handles the printing.

Most browsers have a "Help" option explaining more about printing.

If you need assistance printing course content, contact your institution's computing help desk.

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