Blackboard Communities

We would like to start offering workshops to our affiliates and wanted to use Blackboard for these workshops. How would we set up Blackboard accounts for these workshops?

When Blackboard will be used for purposes that are not course related, a department or a center can request a Blackboard Community rather than a course. Blackboard Communities have most of the same features and functionality as Blackboard Courses but are meant to be used for NIU activities other than courses scheduled through Registration and Records. NIU departments, organizations, committees, and communities can request a Blackboard community from DoIT, for the purpose of communication, collaboration, and/or training. Blackboard Communities also provide access to Blackboard Collaborate, which would allow you to offer training online.

More information about Blackboard Communities, including how to request a community, how to enroll users into it, etc, can be found on the Blackboard Community help page.

A department or center can request to have affiliate AccountIDs to be created for the community. An affiliate AccountID is an NIU AccountID which is generated for someone who has an affiliation with NIU but does not fit into the usual classification of a faculty, staff, or student. It is only meant to provide access to Blackboard courses and/or communities. Associated E-mail accounts are not generated for a Blackboard affiliate AccountID. The Blackboard community leader can fill out the online Computing Access Resources form at to request AccountIDs for non-NIU participants.

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Last Updated: 8/8/2017