You now have an identity in Blackboard Learn, a profile, so you can share academic information about yourself with others at your school.  Your profile includes your picture, your area of study or focus, and an “about me” description.  The “about me” description can be used to share anything you want about yourself – for example, the activities you’re involved in at school, future career goals, where you’re going to be studying for the Chemistry midterm coming up, or a status update.

When you create your profile, you have the option to start by pulling in information from Facebook or Twitter – like your profile picture or the “about me” description.

Profiles also have privacy options, so you can keep your profile hidden, make it available to just the people who are in your Courses and Organizations with you, or make it available to everyone at your school.

Once you complete your profile, your profile picture will appear in multiple places throughout the Blackboard Learn platform where your name appears: in the new People tool the Roster, the User Directory, Discussion Boards, Blogs, Journals, and Wikis.  Plus, when you hover over someone’s profile picture, a profile card automatically pops up so you can see their profile information and learn more about them.  With profiles in Blackboard Learn, the online learning experience is much more social.

One additional capability with profiles is the ability to report inappropriate content that you may come across when viewing profiles.  All you have to do is simply click on the gray flag you see in the bottom right corner of every profile card and choose what content you’re reporting and why.

A profile is not the same as your user account. A user account is a reflection of your student registration information at your school. You can edit your user account information by editing your personal information.  Your profile is a reflection of how you want to present yourself to your peers, classmates, and instructors. In your Blackboard profile you decide what you want to be called, what your academic interests are, and anything else you want to share with other users.

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