Blackboard and Ellips

Blackboard is the online learning environment for the University of Leiden, Ellips is a program to train your language skills.


Blackboard is the online learning environment for the University of Leiden. A learning environment is a web-based tool designed to help manage and improve student learning. Blackboard offers not only facilities to have structured learning content (web pages, presentations, lecture notes, computer-aided learning applications, audio, video clips, etc.), but also provides student management, communication and assessment tools, and a range of other useful functions.

Accessing Blackboard
Go to the Blackboard site. You need your ULCN account to log in. Enter your username and password and click the Login button. (Your username is your studentnumber preceded by an “s”.) 

Enrolling to courses
To enroll for a course go to the tab Courses and open the Course Catalog (module on the right) and open “Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen”. Now use the navigation panel to select your program. Select the one you want to enroll to. Click on the chevron behind the course ID and select “Enroll”.

Can't login?
When there is a problem with your ULCN account/password combination you can contact the ISSC helpdesk (Lipsius building, ground floor next to the Literair Café; please do not forget to bring a valid identification card) by telephone 071-527 8888 or by e-mail: They will change the password and inform you. It is wise to enter your mobile telephone number in uPrefs. uPrefs is the system where you can change the preferences of your ULCN account. When you might forget your password again in the future, the helpdesk people can send you an SMS with a new password to your mobile phone. You will find uPrefs at > Eigen Velden > Instellen/wijzigen

More information on Blackboard can be found at the homepage of Blackboard under 'Informatie voor Studenten en Docenten' (Information available in English). Do you still have a question? Use this question form. You can also use the Quick Start Guide for students.


Ellips is a program to train your language skills. Find out more about Ellips through the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Ellips:

How can I use Ellips?
Log on to Ellips with your ULCN-account. First enroll for Ellips via your teacher.

Your log on name is unknown
Your log on code is identical to your ULCN-account (it starts with an s followed by 7 digits; sxxxxxxx). If the error still occurs, contact the Ellips helpdesk

Error: onbekende gebruiker/wachtwoord combinatie.
When there is a problem with your ULCN-account/password combination you can contact the ISSC helpdesk by telephone 071-527 8888. They will change the password and inform you. See above under "Can't login?"

I receive an error message when logging on
When a wrong password is entered, an error occurs. To prevent this from happening the log on screen needs to be reloaded, this can be done through the following link:

The course I am following is not present in Ellips.
Notify the helpdesk and it will be corrected.

Test problem: My answers are not stored.
Are you using Internet Explorer? If you are not, then you should. This is the only web browser supported by Ellips. When you use another web browser, your input will not be stored into the database and so, no results can be displayed. If you are using Internet Explorer then it  may be you are not using the check button (at the bottom of your screen, in the centre) to verify your answers.

Results problem: My results are not shown
If you are not using Internet Explorer, your input has not been stored and therefore cannot be displayed. If “#1” is shown when you have selected a test and the result is 0, then you have not passed the test. You can verify this by clicking on the “#1” link and afterwards select the second question of the test (click on the arrow at the top right of the screen). After this action the results of this test are displayed in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen (displayed as green bars with percentages on the right side). The required percentage to pass a test is generally 90%, but this can differ per course. If you are uncertain,  check with your professor to make sure.

If you still have a question, consult the Quick Start Guide Ellips or fill in this question form

Last Modified: 02-01-2012