Distance Learning Orientation and Blackboard Tutorial
If you are new to distance learning, you must complete an orientation. For more information on attending an orientation on campus or completing the online orientation, visit the Distance Learning Orientation
Blackboard is a course management system that is maintained by Piedmont Community College. Blackboard is Web-based, so there is nothing for you to install or download. All you need is an account and an Internet connection. Blackboard works with both Windows and Macintosh computers. You can access Blackboard using most Web browsers, but it performs best with an up-to-date version of Mozilla Firefox.You may access Blackboard by clicking on this link,
Step 1: Determine your Blackboard username and password
Your username is a combination of your first initial, middle initial, last name, and the last two digits of your student identification number. If you do not have a middle initial, you will use only your first initial and last name. Your password, if you are a new student, is the first two letters of your last name followed by birth date in mmddyy format.
Example: Sally R. Student, ID# 0123456, 01/02/70
Username is SRStudent56
Password is St010270
Note: If you are an employee of PCC, and also a student, your username is a combination of your first initial, middle initial,
last name, and the last 2 digits of your employee identification number. Your password for Blackboard is the same as the password you use for your Windows/network login.
Step 2: Login to Blackboard
Go to the PCC Blackboard
. Click on the Blackboard Log-In button. Enter your username and password from Step 1.
You must login to your course and complete the Icebreaker assignment by the census date or you will be designated as a No Show in your course.
When leaving Blackboard, click on the "Logout" button at the top of the screen to prevent others from accessing your account.
Step 3: Locate your class in Blackboard
Locate the "My courses" box on the "My PCC" page. Click the name of your course.
If you don't see you course, don't worry! The course will be made available on the day it is scheduled to start. Allow 24 hours from time of registration before accessing. If you still don't see the name of your course, contact the office of Distance Education
Step 4: Read carefully and follow your instructor's directions
When your course appears, read the instructor's welcome message. Then explore!
If you want to communicate with your instructor: Select "Communication" from the menu at left Select "Send Email" Select "All Instructors Users" Compose your message Click the "Submit" button
If you have questions about the course, contact your instructor. For further assistance, contact the office of Distance Education
If you experience technical difficulties, a Help Desk is available to students enrolled in courses that utilize
Blackboard. This 24-hours-per-day, 7-days-per-week service is available
to provide assistance to Internet students who have questions about
You can call and speak to a support representative by dialing this number: 1-866-852-5588
For further assistance, contact the office of Distance Education