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.
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”.)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 https://u-tools.meta.leidenuniv.nl/uprefs/ > Eigen Velden > Instellen/wijzigen
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 course. Select the one you want to enroll to. Click on the chevron behind the course ID and select “Enroll”. Confirm your enrollment and click Submit. You now have been registered to the course. Go to the tab My Institution at the top of your screen. This is Blackboard's home page after login. You can find and open your new course via the module (list) My Courses.
In some cases Blackboard will not show the chevron (the double arrow). It may be that the option for self enrollment is disabled, or that the end date for self enrollment has expired, or that the course is full. Please contact your teacher and ask whether you can still be enrolled. Always provide the course name and your student number ('s number').
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.