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Online Learning/Blackboard:  How to Login to Blackboard

Step 1:   Go to the Blackboard log in page:

Go to the Blackboard Log in page (

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Step 2:   Enter your username and password:

Username: Your User Identification Number, or "W number," which is a unique number beginning with W and containing 8 digits. Make sure to include the "W" and not just the numerals.

Password: the first two letters of your first name, followed by the first two letters of your last name (all lowercase), followed by the last four digits of your User Identification Number.

For example, Maria Valdez with a User Identification Number of W12345678 would log in as:

  • Username: W12345678
  • Password: mava5678 (all lowercase letters + last four digits)

Click Login to enter Blackboard.

Note: If you see the following Security Alert, click Yes.





Unable to login? Seeing an error message? Click here to find out what to do when you can't login.

IMPORTANT: Most instructors do not make their course Blackboard sites available to students until the class start date and sometimes not until after the start date. Until your instructor makes a course site available, you will not be able to access it, even if you are able to login to the Blackboard system.

If you have never had a class in Blackboard at Chabot before, you won't be able to login to the system until about one week prior to the start of classes. If you register after that, it will take at least 24 hours after registration for you to login to Blackboard.

You also will not be able to login to Blackboard to view a past course if your instructor has made the course Bb site unavailable. (Most instructors make Blackboard sites unavailable to students shortly after a course has ended.)

Step 3: Inside Blackboard (optional): Change your password

  1. Look for the Tools box, and click on Personal Information. (If you do not see the Tools box, you are not on the My Institution page. Click on the My Institution tab in the upper-left corner).
  2. Click Change Password.
  3. Enter your own unique password in both password fields.
  4. Click Submit at the bottom. At the next two screens, click OK.
  5. If you forget your password, click on Forgot Password on the Blackboard login page, or submit a request to have your password reset.

Step 4: Access your course site(s)

Look to the far right under My Courses and click on the course name to enter that course site.

You are now ready to begin your course! Within each course site, click on each menu item (button) to become familiar with the contents posted by your instructor.

Step 5:   Verify your e-mail address

IMPORTANT: In order to receive email from your instructors, you must determine which email account you want to use for Blackboard. The default email address posted in Blackboard is Zonemail. You will automatically receive school emails through your Zonemail account unless you change it to a personal email account. You can choose between one of the following options:

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