Welcome to the Fall 2021 Semester

See eStudent Resources for additional student resources.

Owl Mail (student email account)

If you have not activated your Owl Mail student email account, click here. To activate your student email account you will need your seven-digit student identification number.

eLearning Smart Start Orientation

All first-time online, structured remote, and hybrid/online students should complete eLearning Smart Start. You can find this by clicking here.

Zoom in Blackboard

Zoom will be used as the virtual classroom in Blackboard. You will see a course menu link in your course that says ‘Virtual Classroom.’ Click on ‘Virtual Classroom’ and you will see a Recording Release and a link to Zoom meetings. Click on the Zoom meeting link and you will see all course meetings your instructor has scheduled. At the scheduled meeting time, click the ‘Join’ button to attend the meeting. Any meetings that your instructor has recorded will be available in the Panopto Video course link.

Additional Student Resources:

eLearning highly recommends that either Firefox or Chrome is used with Blackboard. Click here for more browser information.

Bb Student Mobile App

Have you downloaded the Blackboard App for Students?

The Blackboard app is designed especially for students to view content and participate in courses. The app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices.

Please note that due dates will only be displayed in the mobile app if your instructor uses the Due Date feature in Blackboard. You must check Blackboard for official due dates. Not all tasks can be completed with the mobile app and it is NOT recommended to take a test using the mobile app.

 

Click here for more information on the Blackboard app for students.

Blackboard Text Notifications
Did you know that you can receive text messages from Blackboard to notify you when Announcements, Assignments or Tests become available?

You have the option to edit the way you receive these Blackboard notifications.

For information on how to edit your notification settings, click here and scroll down to "Choose how and when you get notifications". For more information on the Notification Dashboard and how to edit your settings, click here. If you select to receive text notifications (SMS) or 'Text to Voice" you must have your mobile phone number listed in your Personal Settings.

The notification system alerts you when events occur in your courses, such as when items are due, and when new grades, content, tests, discussions, and blogs are available. Notifications are generated automatically whenever their associated events occur and can be received as an email, text, voice message, or a notification in the Dashboard. Note: Your instructor must set up the Due dates in your course for notifications relating to dates are displayed. 

Edit Your Notification Settings:

You may edit your notification settings to tell Blackboard that you want or do not want to receive notifications via email, dashboard, text, or voice message. 

How to edit your settings:

  1. Login to Blackboard. 

There are two ways to access Notification Settings.

(Option #1):

- At the very top-right of the page, click your name.
- Click "Settings", then "Edit Notification Settings"

Blackboard text notification

 - OR -

(Option #2): 

- On the top left of the screen, click the "Notifications Dashboard" link next to the My eLearning link

option 2 image in Bb text notifications

Now, under the "Alerts" module, click "Edit Notification Settings"

On the Edit Notifications page, under Bulk Edit Notification Settings, click Courses I am teaching or Courses I am taking. You will see the Change Settings page.

  1. Under Select Course, select the courses for which you want to change notification settings by clicking the arrow to move them to the right-side box - or select All to select all of your courses.
  2. Under Settings, click to select which settings you wish sent to your Blackboard Dashboard, your E-mail, or SMS (text) or Text-to-Voice (voice message), or Mobile (Blackboard Mobile App). You cannot reply to the Texts. This is a one-way notification only. SMS is to receive a text.
    ** Please note that to receive a text or to be able to select SMS, you must enter a Mobile phone number in your personal settings. Click this link to Edit Personal Information
  3. If you do not want a notification sent, click to clear the checkbox.
  4. When you are finished, click Submit.
Don't See Your Course?

There are two reasons why most students cannot see their courses in Blackboard:

  1. Blackboard course sites will appear 4 days prior to the start date of the course for summer, fall and winter session courses and 5 days prior to the start date of the course for spring courses. 
  2. It may take up to 24 hours after registration or "class schedule changes**" to see your course in Blackboard. You MUST have a students.pgcc.edu email account for your Blackboard account to be created.
  3. If you have confirmed your registration in Owl Link and the start date is within 4 days and you still do not see your course, please contact eLearning Services

    **Class schedule changes include: new registrations, add/drop courses, drops for nonpayment, NA grade drops, course withdrawals.

Confirm your course schedule in Owl Link by checking the "My Class Schedule" link.

This also applies to accelerated courses that begin later in the semester. Check Owl Link for the start date of your course to determine when the Blackboard site will appear.

 

myPGCC Portal

Keep current on PGCC news, events, information, important announcements, and personal information like your grades.  Go to myPGCC and log in with your Owl Link username and password.

Access Blackboard from within the myPGCC portal: Students are able to click on the Blackboard course link from the myPGCC portal and go directly to the Blackboard course, without additional login to Blackboard.

eLearning Smart Start Orientation

All first-time online, structured remote, and hybrid/online students should complete eLearning Smart Start. While eLearning Smart Start is not required, it is recommended for all first-time online, structured remote, and hybrid/online students to complete.

Click here to start

Registered For An Accelerated Course?

Please Note: Accelerated courses are full semester courses (15-wk, fall and spring; 10-wk, summer) that are condensed to allow students to complete a course in a shorter timeframe. Due to the condensed nature of accelerated courses, it is imperative that you are ready to begin your course on the start date.

  • Accelerated courses are made available to students 4 days prior to the start date of the course for summer and fall courses. There are no accelerated courses for the winter intersession.
  • Accelerated courses are made available to students 5 days prior to the start date of the course for spring courses.
  • You can register for an accelerated course up to the start date of the course.
Student Blackboard Accounts

"AUTOMATIC" UPDATES TO STUDENT ENROLLMENTS IN BLACKBOARD COURSES

To test your Blackboard login, students can log in to the Blackboard system on the day after registration if the date is within 45 days of the start date of the course. Blackboard course sites will not be available until 4 calendar days prior to the start date of the course for summer, fall, and winter intersession courses and 5 calendar days prior to the start date of the course for spring semester courses. Students MUST have a students.pgcc.edu email account in Colleague in order to be added to Blackboard.

Registered students will be added to the Blackboard course site the day after registering in Owl Link. In addition, students will be removed from their Blackboard courses within one day of withdrawing. Students receiving an 'FX' or 'NA' grade in a course will be removed from that Bb course site within 48 hours of receiving the grade in Owl Link. Please check your Owl Link schedule to make sure you are enrolled in the correct courses.

 

When Do Classes Begin

The Fall 2021 semester begins on Monday, August 23. 

The start date of courses vary during the semester. Blackboard course sites will be available to students four days prior to the start date of the course.

All Winter Classes

  • Classes beginning on August 23 will become available in Blackboard on Thursday, August 19, 2021.
  • Login to Blackboard using your Owl Link username and password.
YouTube in Blackboard

The "Browse My YouTube Videos" tool in the Content Editor does not work. When you click on the tool, you will get a screen to "Sign in to YouTube". When you click on it, it doesn't go anywhere.

 

Use the Mashups tool when embedding YouTube videos.

Zoom for Blackboard

Zoom Virtual Classroom

Zoom will be used as the virtual classroom in Blackboard. You will see a course menu link in your course that says "Virtual Classroom". Click on that and you will see a Recording Release and a link to Zoom meetings. 

Click on the Zoom meeting link and you will see any course meetings your instructor has scheduled. You can click on the "Join" button at the meeting time to join the meeting. Any meetings that your instructor has recorded will be available in the Panopto Video course link in your course menu.