Content | Navigation |

Student Resources on Blackboard


  • Blackboard is a web-based course management system designed to allow students and faculty to participate in classes delivered online or use online materials and activities to complement teaching and learning.

  • Bb Quick Start for Students
  • Student Quick Start Guide

Log In?

  • Use the "Blackboard" link under "Online Services" at the bottom of the NDSU home page to access Blackboard's log in screen or go directly to Blackboard (
  • All NDSU enrolled students are automatically assigned a Blackboard login. Blackboard uses the same login (normally firstname.lastname) and password used by NDSU e-mail and the cluster machines.
  • Before you can login to Blackboard the first time you need to activate your electronic identity at NDSU. Please visit the Activating Your Student Blackboard Account page for specific instructions on activating your Blackboard account, or read more about your NDSU electronic identity.

How to communicate via Blackboard


  • Many instructors use Blackboard Announcements to communicate with students. Most Blackboard courses display announcements automatically upon entry to the course and have a menu choice.

Send E-mail

How to access course materials

  • Use the course menu options to get the documents you need

How to submit assignment

How to take Blackboard tests

How to view your instructor's comments and feedback on assignments and tests

Respondus Lockdown Browser-A special browser for taking Blackboard tests

Some instructors may require that you use Respondus LockDown Browser instead of a standard browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) to take tests or quizzes in Blackboard.

If you see "Requires Respondus LockDown Browser" in the test or quiz title, you must open the Respondus LockDown Browser application to take the test -- you won't be able to use the browser you normally use.

Respondus LockDown Browser is installed on all of the public computer clusters at NDSU. The Respondus LockDown Browser application is also available for free download to your own computer (Windows and Macintosh).

More Information/Download Respondus LockDown Browser

  • Tips and Troubleshooting for Students (doc) (pdf)
  • Installation - Respondus LockDown Browser (doc) (pdf)

Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

Follow NDSU
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • RSS
  • Google Maps

North Dakota State University
IT Help Desk Phone: +1 (701) 231-8685
Administrative Calls Only: +1 (701) 231-7961 / Fax: (701) 231-8541
Campus address: Quentin Burdick Building 206
Physical/delivery address: 1320 Albrecht Blvd, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 4510 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Information Technology Services

Last Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2016 2:15:26 PM
Privacy Statement