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Blackboard for Faculty

Blackboard is an online course delivery system where faculty can post announcements, course syllabi, assignments or other information for your students. Essentially, it is a mobile classroom that is accessible anywhere you have an Internet connection, so you can post assignments, communicate with your students and grade papers even if you are not on campus. Remember that Blackboard is operated by USC Columbia, not USC Upstate. If you cannot find the answer to your question in the support tutorials, you can find the help desk information for USC Columbia below.

Update: Blackboard Help and Reminders from Dr. Tom Davis

Features: (Why should I use this?)

  • Send important course-related announcements/communication
  • Grade papers
  • Publish course-related videos and lectures
  • Post assignments and tests online
  • Communicate with students
  • Post direct links to library information and databases
  • Upload course-related documents and syllabi
  • VoiceThread. See here for more information

Available To: (Who can use it?)

  • All Faculty and Staff

Rates (Do I need to pay to use it?)

This service is free to any faculty or staff member at USC Upstate.

Requirements for Use: (What do I need to use it?)

Computer Requirements:

  • Windows 7 or newer (PC)
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or newer (Apple)
  • Internet access
  • One of the following web browsers: Internet Explorer 8 or later (Windows only), Firefox 3.6 or later, Google Chrome, Safari 4 or later (Mac only)
  • Sun Java JRE 6 (download)

How Do I Get Started?

To use Blackboard you must obtain your USC network username and password, which is different from your USC Upstate login, by following the instructions here. Newly hired faculty who are not in the system but need immediate access to Blackboard can request a temporary login by following the instructions here

Support Tutorials:

Support Videos:

If you require more in depth support, contact Blackboard Support in Columbia:

Tel: 803-777-6015
email: bbsupport@sc.edu.

Blackboard Policies:

Help Desk
client support
Remote Assistance
Report issues through email
at helpdesk@uscupstate.edu

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Phone Support: 
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Contact Us
USC Upstate
Information Technology & Services
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5257
Fax: 864-503-5065
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