Fundamentals of CS I (CS151 2001S)

Laboratory: Getting Started with Blackboard

Summary: This lab reviews some mechanics related to the use of Grinnell's Blackboard server for CSC151.

Logging In

You'll need to log in to the MathLAN (or to any workstation that runs a Web browser). Since you'll be starting the lab in MathLAN, it makes sense to log on to a MathLAN workstation. If you've forgotten how to do that, review the lab on MathLAN.

After you're on a working (and, hopefully, not too slow) computer, start up Netscape.

Once you're in Netscape, go to

Click on the Login button. If all goes as plans, you should see a place to enter your user name and password. Your user name is the standard Grinnell username (without the For example, mine is rebelsky. Just to confuse you, you use a third password for Blackboard (not the one you use for the campus network, not the one you use for MathLAN, but a third one).

Once you've logged in, you should see a ``portal''-type Window.

Change Your Password

You may want to change your password to something you remember (even something that's the same as one of your other passwords).

Check Your Grades

You are ready to enter the CSC151 Blackboard.

I won't use most of the links at the left (since I have a separate course site), but I will use some of the more interactive facilities.

One thing that you should try is checking your grade. Click on Tools and then Check Grade.

Try Discussion Board

Blackboard comes with five basic communication tools. We'll try two of them today, although I expect to rely primarily only on the discussion board.

Click on the Discussion Board tool (available at the left). You'll see a few forums. Read a few of the messages that are available in the rants forum. (There may only be one.)

Post your own message to the testing forum.

That's it for the discussion board.

Try Virtual Classroom

Click on the Virtual Classroom link (again, available at the left). Click on Enter Virtual Classroom. Wait for something to show up. Try playing with it for a little while (it won't be very interesting unless someone else is also logged in).

Can you envision using this tool?



Tuesday, 23 January 2001 [Samuel A. Rebelsky]


Disclaimer: I usually create these pages on the fly. This means that they are rarely proofread and may contain bad grammar and incorrect details. It also means that I may update them regularly (see the history for more details). Feel free to contact me with any suggestions for changes.

This page was generated by Siteweaver on Thu May 3 23:07:41 2001.
This page may be found at
You may validate this page's HTML.
The source was last modified Tue Jan 23 16:00:53 2001.