About Blackboard at GW

Blackboard is GW's official course management system. You can use it to deliver course materials, assessments, and other learning activities to your students online. You can also provide a live virtual classroom environment using Blackboard Collaborate UItra. Live sessions can be hosted, recorded, and made available to students right in your Blackboard course.

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Access Blackboard

To log in to Blackboard, go to blackboard.gwu.edu and enter your GW UserID and password.

Log in to Blackboard 

Note: For assistance with logging in to Blackboard and other GW services, please contact GW Information Technology.

Your Courses

Courses are not created manually in Blackboard. Instead, courses with an instructor assigned to them in the GWeb System are automatically created in Blackboard and associated with each instructor's account. Courses are initially hidden from students until you choose to make it available.

Each semester, Blackboard courses are made available to instructors on the following schedule:

  • Fall Semester: July 1st
  • Spring Semester: December 1st
  • Summer Semester (both sessions): April 1st


Instructors and students are automatically enrolled in Blackboard courses based on their registration status in the GWeb System

Enrollments in Blackboard are updated only once a day in the early morning. So if you or a student are added to a course in GWeb today, you will have access to it in Blackboard the following day.


Improve your course's accessibility with Blackboard Ally. Blackboard Ally reviews the files uploaded to a Blackboard course, scores how well the content meets accessibility requirements, and then provides guidance and tips on improving accessibility. Ally also creates alternative course files that allow students to download the file type that best suits their needs. Instructors can enable Ally in any Blackboard course.

Learn more about accessibility at GW.


The Instructional Technology Lab team is available to assist faculty and teaching assistants using Blackboard through one-on-one consultations and workshops.

Students can consult the Student Blackboard FAQs, Blackboard's Online Help site, or contact GW Information Technology at (202) 994-4948 for Blackboard assistance.

Contact the Instructional Technology Lab

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