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Blackboard and other online learning environments

Online learning environments provide access to course materials, discussion forums, workshops, quizzes, blogs and wikis and online assessment via the internet. Other features include the ability to upload assignments, engage in real-time chat and link directly from course material to other web-based information.


Blackboard is the University’s most commonly used online learning environment. Access is usually available from the first day of the Semester, once the enrolment process is complete and fees paid.

Logging In

  • To access your paper on Blackboard, start your Internet Browser.
  • In the address window at the top of the browser, type in the following web address: and press the enter key.
  • Type in your University username and password. Your username is as shown on your ID card. This will take you to your own Blackboard page. Now you can start using Blackboard

Blackboard Login Screen 2012

Your Blackboard Page

Every time you log on to Blackboard, you will find a listing of all the on-line Blackboard papers that you are currently enrolled in. Click on the paper name to open that paper.

Having problems logging in to Blackboard?

Other Online Learning Environments

Some courses at the University of Otago use other online learning environments, either in addition to or instead of Blackboard. The two most common are Moodle and Oceanbrowser. Your Department will provide more detailed information about how you will access course material and engage with teaching staff and fellow students online. Oceanbrowser is used primarily in the Health Sciences. It also includes additional features such as support for “voice over the internet” or VoIP audioconferencing. Course written and audiovisual materials are sometimes provided on DVD. The College of Education uses Moodle to teach its distance postgraduate papers.

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