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In the winter of 1813 and 1814, during my first college vacations, I attended a mathematical school kept in Boston by the Rev. Francis Xavier Brosius... On entering his room, we were struck at the appearance of an ample black board suspended on the wall, with lumps of chalk on a ledge below, and cloths hanging at either side. I had never heard of such a thing before. There it was—forty-two years ago—that I first saw what now I trust is considered indispensable in every school—the black board—and there that I first witnessed the process of analytical and inductive teaching.

—Samuel J. May, abolitionist, 1855

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Blackboard Learn 9 Training and Support Site  
Oct 12, 2012
A new portal for Blackboard Learn 9 has been created including training videos, documentation, as well as news and updates about the project:

Still getting Incorrect Username and Password?  
Jan 13, 2012

Your password for Blackboard is the same as the one you use for your email.  That said, the only service that will allow you to log on with an expired password is your Eastern email account.  If you can get to Email but not Blackboard, the most likely reason is that your password has expired.

If your password is in fact expired, you should have received a series of emails over the last two weeks alerting you to expiration and providing instructions and links to the Password Reset Portal - 

Check your inbox and follow the instructions or go to the Student Portal and look in the lower right for the Password Change button and the link right under it that will provide step by step instructions on how to interact with the Password Reset Portal.

If you have already visited the Password Reset Portal and do not remember which graphic you selected and/or the security word you set, please call the Help Desk @ 860-465-4346 and ask the staff to reset your Password Reset Portal profile to allow you to choose a new graphic and security word.

Did your password suddenly stop working?
Have you checked your Eastern Email? Checking your Eastern Email periodically will keep you aware of how many days you have until your password expires. Blackboard won't notify you, it will just stop working. If your Blackboard account suddenly stopped working, please log into your Eastern Email to see if the password expired.

Problems with the Mail tool or other Blackboard Issues?
Mail tool errors and errors with other Blackboard features are caused by having the incorrect version of Java installed or by cancelling or closing the  Java Security Warning popups when they occur. Please follow the instruction in  Article 1285 Blackboard Issues to install the proper version.