Getting Started FAQs
Go to http://allencc.blackboard.com to log in to the online system.
(Students will not be able to login to Blackboard until the announced time for the orientation to start which is approximately one month before classes begin. The course(s) you are enrolled in will not be available in Blackboard until the first day of class.)
Your username is your Allen Student ID (EXAMPLE: 12345)
Your password is the first four letters of your last name (all lowercase) plus the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN). For example, if your name is smith and your SSN ends in 1234, your password would be smit1234. If your SSN was not available, we replaced it with four nines "9999" and your password would be smit9999.
Yes, we've developed an orientation that is a free mini-class. The orientation is offered 30 days before each semester begins. The orientation is designed to get you familiar with Blackboard tools and to get your computer compatible with Blackboard. The orientation uses quizzes, discussion boards, surveys, etc. to mimic what is required in an online course. It is not required and it will not impact your GPA. Students report the orientation is very helpful in preparing them for online courses and providing the most recent information about Allen Online Learning.
Several types of courses reside on Blackboard. First, there are online courses. All online courses are listed on Blackboard. An online course is one that never meets in person or is offered entirely online. Second, web-centered courses blend traditional class meetings with significant online content. Your advisor should explain to you if you have a web-centered course. It should also be available on Bb. Sometimes these are called hybrids. Third, there are web-enhanced courses or those that use Blackboard to supplement face-to-face teaching.
Many students ask if online classes are conducted via email. Online courses are NOT conducted by email and are not independent study courses. Allen uses Blackboard to allow students and/or instructors to communicate asynchronously (i.e. not at the same time). The actual course content is very structured. Normally assignments will be grouped by weeks or by modules and will be due on certain dates chosen by the instructor. Online classes are not easier than on-campus classes; in fact, many times they are more difficult because the student has to be self-motivated.
Navigation buttons are located on the left of the screen. (Please note that the following are descriptions of the more commonly-used Blackboard tools. Your instructor may use only a few of these tools or others not listed here. Also, your instructor may have listed the tools used in a different order.)
Home Page will display modifiable modules of information like What's New, Alerts, To Do, and Announcements.
Announcements will display class notifications that your instructor has posted. You should check this area every time you login to Blackboard.
Staff Info will contain the instructor's name, office hours, etc. The instructor might also choose to insert a picture or biographical information.
Syllabus & Resources contains the course syllabus which you might want to print off and refer to later. It might also contain resources for the course like a grade tracker or course at a glance.
Assignments is the most important button. Here you will find folders containing tests and various assignments.
Discussion Board is where you will post your discussion questions and answers (not in real time) and communicate with other students. This is normally how your participation is judged by the instructor. An instructor may or may not give a formal grade for participation, but it is almost always a vital portion of an online course.
My Grades displays a table that lists all assignments and what score you received for each. If your instructor left feedback on your assignment, it can also be access here.
Apps has multiple resources students should browse through including Wikis, Blogs, and Journals.
Allen Community College utilizes a textbook rental program to help reduce the cost to students. Some specialized courses require that students purchase their textbook. Full payment must be received in order for students to receive textbooks. Rental textbooks must be returned at the end of the semester or upon dropping a class or students will be assessed the current replacement cost of the books. All academic transcripts will be held until payment is received. You can pick up a textbook on either campus. Please call before you make a trip to the campus. Because we keep stock at both locations, a book may or may not be available. You may have your book mailed for a convenience fee. To request this service, please call 785-654-2416. Click here to order your books.
Payment may be made on or after the official registration day of the semester. Payment must be received one week prior to the start of classes.
Yes, there is a Student Blackboard Manual that you can access online. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required for this file.
Required browser settings for logging into Blackboard include the following:
In Mozilla Firefox, you may reset these settings by clicking on Tools in the menu bar at the top of your browser. Next, click on Options and find and set proper features under the content tab and privacy tab.
If your instructor is using the Blackboard Virtual Classroom (Chat), Java must be installed and enabled.
We also strongly recommend you check your computer settings using the following site:https://blackboard.louisville.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/Browser_Checker/index_4.html
Make sure you are prepared by participating in the Online Student Orientation.
Get started on the first day of class.
Be self-motivated and don't procrastinate.
Check your Blackboard account daily!
Take the initiative to communicate regularly with your instructor, fellow students, and BbHelp. If you need help, don't wait until you are frustrated, reach out for help early.