Password, Personal Information, and Settings

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Overview

Pitt does not allow you to change certain personal information, or your password through Blackboard Learn. Because Blackboard often shares data with other systems on campus, such as the registrar’s office, it is necessary to ensure that your information is the same everywhere. For more information on how to change or correct your name, contact the Registrar. You can, however, change some personal information and settings as well as manage your privacy within Blackboard.

 

Editing Personal Information and Privacy Options (3:24)

Changing Passwords

At the University of Pittsburgh, the Blackboard password is tied directly to your Pitt login and password for all other systems.  If you have forgotten or need to change or reset your Blackboard password, you need to change your main Pitt password.  You can reset your password online (which requires your Pitt ID Card) or contact the Technology Help Desk at Pitt.

How to Edit Personal Information

You can edit some of the information that appears in your account profile on the Edit Personal Information page.  Changes you make on this page are reflected throughout Blackboard Learn. Most of the personal information is optional, and some of it is tied directly to your Pitt student account and cannot be changed through Blackboard.

  1. From the global navigation menu, click Settings, and then click Personal Information.  You can also access Personal Information on the Tools panel.
  2. On the Personal Information page, click Edit Personal Information.
  3. On the Edit Personal Information page, make changes to the appropriate fields.
  4. Click Submit.

How to Change Personal Settings

The Change Personal Settings function allows you to manage the content editor, language pack, and the display of page instructions throughout the system.

  1. From the global navigation menu, click Settings, and then click Personal Information.  You can also access Personal Information on the Tools panel.
  2. On the Personal Information page, click Change Personal Settings.
  3. On the Change Personal Settings page, click On to enable the content editor, which allows you to create content through a simple editor when you enter content in text boxes throughout Blackboard Learn.
  4. Select a User Language Pack from the drop-down list that is localized to your culture or accept the default.
  5. To display page instructions for every page, click Yes.  Page instructions are brief explanations of the features of a particular page.  On some pages, there are links to More Help that opens a new window with additional steps on using the feature you are viewing.
  6. Click Submit.

How to Set Privacy Options

Privacy option allows you to choose the information you want to make publicly available.  This information appears in the roster and on group pages.  You may also choose to make this information available in the User Directory.  If an email address is not available, it does not appear in the roster, group pages, User Directory, the collaboration tool, or in any other part of the application.

If your institution has turned on the profiles and the people tools, you can set privacy settings within your profile.  The privacy settings in your personal profile set how your profile appears in the people tool.

To learn more about online safety, see Protecting Your Identity and Online Profile.

  1. From the global navigation menu, click Settings, and then click Personal Information.  You can also access Personal Information on the Tools panel.
  2. On the Personal Information page, click Set Privacy Options.
  3. On the Set Privacy Options page, select the appropriate check boxes to make personal information visible to other Blackboard users.
  4. To list your profile information in the User Directory, select the check box.
  5. To prevent other course members from contacting you by email, select the email option check box.
  6. To prevent your name from appearing in the course roster, select the check box.
  7. Click Submit.