The first step to getting started in Blackboard is to ensure that your NIU issued AcountID has been created and that you are able to successfully login to Novell. An AccountID is assigned to you when you are hired as an employee and it is cancelled after you leave NIU. The AccountID for all NIU faculty and staff hired after 2005 begins with the letter "A" followed by 7 digits. Students are issued a similar ID, called a Z-ID, that begins with the letter "Z".
Enter your last name in the Last Name field (you may have to scroll down to see this field).
Click the Next button - you'll see your name and your Z-ID / AccountID.
NIU passwords are used by faculty, staff and students to access Blackboard, Novell servers and drives (for example, the H: drive), computer labs, WebCRMA, student MVS access, dialing in to NIU's Internet service from off campus, FTP access to Novell user volumes, and student e-mail (not Groupwise e-mail). This password expires every 130 days.
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Are you looking for more information related to getting started teaching with Blackboard? Review the answers to frequently asked questions asked by NIU faculty and staff regarding getting started teaching with Blackboard. Also, consider attending an upcoming Blackboard workshop.