How to opt-in to receiving SMS notifications in Blackboard

If you would like to receive text message (SMS) notifications from Blackboard to your mobile phone, you may opt-in using the “Notification Settings” options in Blackboard.  Here’s how:

  1. Log into Blackboard at
  2. Click your name at the upper right, then click “Settings” here:
  3. Click “Personal Information“, then “Edit Personal Information”
  4. Scroll down and verify that your mobile phone number is correct.  Make corrections and then click “Submit” at the bottom.
  5. Click your name again at the upper right, then click “Edit Notification Settings” under Settings.
  6. Click the “courses I am taking” link.
  7. Scroll down.  For every event for which you would like to receive a text message notification, check a box in the “SMS” column.
  8. Click Submit at the bottom.

Going forward, whenever one of the events listed occurs, you will receive a text message from Blackboard.

We hope this information is helpful.





Blackboard Update Open Labs and Hands-On Sessions

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Blackboard Update Preview Open Labs

In preparation for the Blackboard merge and upgrade on December 22nd through December 31st, Academic Technology Services, ITS will be hosting daily Blackboard Upgrade open lab drop-in sessions throughout the month of December. During the open lab, you will be able to login to the new Northeastern Blackboard, tour the new environment and try out some of the new features. Sign-up is encouraged but not required for the drop-in labs. If you have any questions about the drop-in sessions, email

Drop-in labs will be offered daily Monday – Friday starting December 4th to December 22nd. You can drop-in at any point during the window and stay as long as you would like.

Post Upgrade – Blackboard Upgrade Hands-on Sessions and Open Labs

Post upgrade, Blackboard Hands-on sessions and open labs will be offered throughout the month of January. During the Hands-on session, we will walk you through new features including in-line grading, assignment receipts, Blackboard Ally (embedded accessibility tool) and more. Sign-up required for the Hands-on lab but not for Open Labs. 

Blackboard Upgrade Hands-on Workshops

Blackboard Upgrade Drop-in Open Labs

Add Due Dates Connected to the Blackboard Calendar for TurnItIn Assignments

Any graded item in Blackboard has the option for a Due Date. The Due Date will appear on the course Home Page for students, on the course calendar and they may even receive notifications, depending on their notification settings.

Depending on the tool, you may have the opportunity to add a Due Date as you are creating the graded item. Other tools, like TurnItIn, have a separate Due Date that isn’t connected to the Blackboard Calendar or Due Dates area. You can add a Due Date to a TurnItIn assignment or any other graded item assignment by going to the Grade Center and editing the column information. Here are the steps: Go to the Grade Center>Click Full Grade Center> Scroll to the desired column>click the chevron and select Edit Column Information. You can then add a due date and click submit. Here’s a quick video to walk you through the steps:



Tegrity Recording Upload Delays

Tegrity recordings of 30 – 90 minutes usually complete upload in 5 – 10 minutes, but will occasionally take longer.  Upload status on delayed recordings may display in the Tegrity course as Pending, Available Soon, or Network Fault.  Some reasons an upload may be delayed:

  • The lecture/recording computer has been turned off before upload completes
    Tegrity needs an active network connection for the recorded lecture to upload. If the connection is severed (closing the lid, shutting the computer down), the upload halts, but will usually resume once the network connection is reestablished.
  • Previously recorded lectures have not completed upload
    If earlier recordings are stuck in the upload queue, this will prevent the most recent recording from uploading.  Remove all recordings from queue and restart upload on each, one at a time.
    Remove a recording from the upload queue (PC)
    Remove a recording from the upload queue (Mac)
    Restart a recording upload (PC)
    Restart a recording upload (Mac)
  • The hard drive has less than 2 GB free space
    Tegrity recordings will not upload if hard drive space is low, but in most cases, the recording file is still saved. Once you have freed up enough space on your hard drive, you can start a new upload of the recording
    Restart a recording upload (PC)
    Restart a recording upload (Mac)
  • Large file size
    This usually occurs when recording from multiple video sources, such as document and instructor cameras. In this case, there isn’t much you can do but wait out upload.

PlayPosit Broadcast

Use the new Broadcast feature in PlayPosit to deliver lesson bulbs synchronously in class and collect real time student performance data.

Instructions for broadcasting from your Northeastern PlayPosit account differ slightly from the instructions on PlayPosit’s website. Please follow these steps to initiate and connect to a broadcast session.


1. Log into PlayPosit at

2. From your My Bulbs screen, click the 3-dot menu for the bulb you want to broadcast, and select Broadcast from the menu options.


3. Students should NOT use the Join URL to access the broadcast but SHOULD use the Join Code from this screen when following the student instructions (below) for access.


4. Click the Start button to begin broadcasting. Students will not see the video bulb on their screen, but questions will be delivered to their device.



1. Log into PlayPosit at

2. Click the Broadcast button located on the top left of the PlayPosit menu


3. Enter the Join Code provided by your instructor and click Join