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Student Orientation Guide

Important information for new students of SUNY Downstate

About Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is our learning management system (LMS).  Use your Blackboard Learn account to:

  1. View course material posted by your instructor: lecture slides, handouts, syllabus, web links, videos and more.
  2. Submit papers for assignments.
  3. Take computerized tests and surveys.
  4. View grades and comments from your instructor via the MyGrades link.
  5. Collaborate with other students in your group (team): share files, use wikis, post and reply to discussion forums.
  6. Use the Blackboard Collaborate online web meeting system (accessed via the Tools menu link) to meet online with your instructor, guest faculty and with other students. Share your screen, stream audio and video and chat in real time - LIVE!

Access this and other systems via links on the myDownstate page:

Use your NetID (network) username (your nine-digit Downstate student ID number) and password to log in.  If you do not know your NetID username/password, choose the NetID FAQ also in this Orientation listing.

Click on this link to a brief video that demonstrates the how to log in and do some common items.

For assistance with Blackboard Learn, use the FAQ links and HelpDesk contact information shown on the Blackboard Learn login page.  You can also access this information at: