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How to get to Blackboard

The best way to access Blackboard is through the My Apps button in the Portal. Direct links to Blackboard courses are under the My Courses section of the Portal, but these may not accurately reflect all of your enabled courses. 

  1. Log in to the Hofstra Portal (

  2. Click the My Apps button on the top right of the screen, followed by the Blackboard button. You can also click the Blackboard button located in the My Courses section of the Portal.

    Blackboard icons in the Portal

  3. If you're a faculty member, you will receive a notice about copyrighted materials. Click OK to the copyright compliance message.
    Blackboard copyright notice

Getting to your course within Blackboard

Click the Courses button on the left-side navigation menu in Blackboard to see a list of your courses.

Left-side navigation menu in Blackboard

If you are a student, you will only see courses that you have been enrolled in for more than 24 hours. If you are missing a course, check out our info on why you may not see a course listed in Blackboard, available in our knowledge base.

If you are a faculty member, you will see both the courses you are a professor in and the courses you are a student in (if any). The courses you are a faculty member in will be visible even if they are not enabled. The courses you are a student in will be visible if you've been enrolled in the course for more than 24 hours. Info on why you may not see a course listed in Blackboard can is available in our knowledge base.

Navigating a Blackboard course

Once you are in a course on Blackboard, use the navigation menu located on the left side of the page to get to the different parts of your course. Since professors can customize the navigation menu, the appearance may differ from course to course. If you don't see the navigation bar visit our missing navigation menu knowledge base article for assistance. 

Navigation Menu in a Blackboard course

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