Student Tech How To
Blackboard is the learning management system used at the University of Kansas. If you need a refresher on such tasks as uploading an assignment, sending a message to your instructor or checking your grades, please spend some time with these Blackboard Student Resources. In the case of a prolonged campus closure, your instructor may choose to use Blackboard more intensely to keep your learning on track. Log in at courseware.ku.edu. Due to issues with assignments and other functionality, we recommend that you do not use the Blackboard Mobile App for these purposes.
Your instructor may hold “live” classes online or office hours using the Zoom web conferencing tool. This resource is often made available via a link within your Blackboard course.
- Download the Zoom app or software (no cost): https://zoom.us/download
- See this cheatsheet, "Using Zoom at KU for Students" on the kansas.zoom.us site.
- Watch these tutorials provided by the School of Journalism: https://jourtech.blog.ku.edu/new/using-zoom/
Some faculty prefer to conduct office hours through a Zoom room. You should expect to receive instructions from your instructor with the link to their virtual office hours.
Virtual Lab provides remote access to software commonly hosted in campus labs, and now it also provides direct access to the computers within your department's labs and campus public labs. For example, Engineering students can now remotely access the computers within the Engineering school, including all of the specialized software installed on those machines. Log in at virtuallab.ku.edu and see our section at howto.ku.edu/virtuallab to learn more.
As a student, you can download and install Microsoft Office on your personal machine, as well as use the mobile apps and web-based versions of Microsoft's most popular software. For instructions on how to download and install, see our Knowldege Base article.