Blackboard for Students

OWU Blackboard for Students Be sure to see the main OWU Blackboard page.

Video Everywhere

Video Everywhere is a feature that allows users to utilize their webcam and microphone to record video and insert it into a forum post, an assignment submission, or a test–anywhere you find the rich text editor. Simply click the Video Everywhere toolbar button, (“Record from Webcam”) on the bottom toolbar and follow the prompts.


(If you don’t see the Video Everywhere button and you only have one toolbar, click the ‘Show More’ button on the far right.)

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If you haven’t already activated your YouTube account–freely available with OWU BishopApps, you will see the message below. Please note that the ‘Sign into YouTube’ link has been successfully tested in Chrome and Firefox but does not work in Safari on Mac or Windows. So if it is not working for you please try a different browser.

Beware, you may encounter a Pop-up blocker that will block the ‘Sign into YouTube’ page. Click the notification and select ‘Always allow…’ and then click the link above that.

You will then be led through the process of setting up your YouTube channel, starting with granting permission for OWU Blackboard to access your information:


When you see the “OWU Blackboard would like to:” permissions screen, check to be sure the Google account you wish to use is shown at top right.

If someone else has signed into Google in the browser it will show their email address or name, rather than the Blackboard user account. To change this, click on the account name and select Add Account then proceed to login:

Add account

You will then be asked for basic information to set up your YouTube channel:

Note that the name as you enter it here will replace your default name throughout all OWU BishopApps.

The name entered here will replace all other

You will likely see several messages asking to use your camera and microphone. It is safe and necessary to accept all of them. To avoid the Adobe Flash Player Settings continually asking for your permission to access your camera and microphone select ‘Allow’ then ‘Remember,’ finally click ‘Close.’

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When your verification is complete you will be taken back to Blackboard Learn and shown a familiar screen but ‘Record from Webcam’ will be shown, you will need to select that and you should be able to begin using Video Everywhere.

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Once you’re done recording or selecting an existing video, you’ll get to set some preferences for how it appears within Blackboard.

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Log Into Blackboard

From the OWU home page, select Blackboard from the Student menu or go directly to Enter your OWU username and password (the same ones you use for BishopApps). You should see your courses listed in the “My Courses” module on the right.

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Enter a Course

The “My Courses” module lists your current Blackboard courses. Courses you enroll in through the Registrar will be listed in Blackboard within 24 to 48 hours. Courses with an “(unavailable)” title to their right have not been made available to students by the instructor.

Assignments list the name, description, and attachments for class work. Students complete the Assignment in a separate file and send it back to the Instructor. They can include comments for the Instructor if they choose. Assignments may be individual or given to every member of a Course Group.

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How to Submit an Assignment

On the Upload Assignment page, Students can add comments and specify files to attach.

Follow the steps below to submit an Assignment:

  1. Select the Content Area from the Course Menu that holds the Assignment. For example, the Assignments area.
  2. Click the name of the Assignment. The Upload Assignment page appears.
  3. Complete the Assignment Materials text box if necessary.
  4. Click Browse My Computer and select a file to attach.
  5. Enter a Link Title. If the field is left blank, then the file name becomes the link.
  6. Complete the Comments field if necessary.
  7. Click Submit when the page is complete.

Instructors may create Assignments where Students do not need to attach files to complete them; Students can submit an Assignment without attaching a file. If Submit is selected, and no files are listed to attach, the Assignment is submitted and is no longer available to the Student to complete.
Assignments can only be submitted once!

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How to View Instructor Feedback on an Assignment
  1. Access your course. Click Tools from the Course Menu.
  2. Select the My Grades link.
  3. On the My Grades page, assignments and grades will be listed. If the assignment has been submitted and graded, the points will be displayed. Click the grade link to view your submission history along with instructor feedback.
  4. Click OK to return to the My Grades page.

Note: An exclamation point indicates that the assignment has been submitted successfully and is waiting to be graded by the instructor. A paper and pencil icon indicates that the assignment has not been submitted because it is saved as a draft.

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Your Courses Online

Blackboard is where your instructors upload their syllabus, lecture notes and other course material. You can download this material online from on campus or at home. All courses taught at the university have a corresponding Blackboard course and all students and instructors are automatically enrolled. Please note that this does not, however, indicate whether your instructor is choosing to use Blackboard within their course. Check with your instructor to see if they have made any course content available to you online.

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