Blackboard Course Management System

Blackboard is GW's official course management system. Use it to deliver course materials, assessments, and other learning activities to your students online.

You can also provide a real-time, virtual classroom environment for your students using Blackboard Collaborate UItra. Sessions can be hosted, recorded, and made available to students right in your Blackboard course.


You need a GW NetID to use Blackboard.

To log in, go to and enter your GW NetID and password. Once logged in, you will see a list of your most recent courses. For assistance with logging in, please contact GW Information Technology.


Courses are not created manually in Blackboard. Instead, courses for which you are listed as the instructor in the GWeb System are automatically created in Blackboard and associated with your 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.


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

Online Resources

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

Faculty Guides