Accessing Blackboard

In order to receive a Blackboard account, you must have an NIU AccountID. New faculty will be automatically provided with an AccountID, TAs must request a Blackboard AccountID from the chair of the department in which they teach. Faculty members must be listed as the official Instructor of Record with Registration and Records in order to be included in the Blackboard database. The department needs to relay the faculty member record information to Registration and Records.

To access Blackboard

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Log In button
  3. Enter your full NIU AccountID as the username (e.g., and the corresponding password as the Blackboard password. Students use their Z-ID (e.g., and password for their Blackboard login.
  4. If you are not on campus, you may need to confirm your log in using multi-factor authentication, such as via the Authenticator app or a text message to your mobile device.


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Are you looking for more information related to getting started teaching with Blackboard? Review the answers to frequently asked questions asked by NIU faculty and staff regarding getting started teaching with Blackboard. Also, consider attending an upcoming Blackboard workshop.


Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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