All web-based and blended (hybrid) as well as most traditional courses house course content, lecture notes, video and other learning mediums in Blackboard, Columbus State's online course management system. Blackboard is located at Your username and password that you discovered at is used to access your account.

All course sections, including traditional classroom classes, automatically have a shell in Blackboard. For traditional classes, it is the instructor's discretion as to whether they want to supplement their class with online material in Blackboard.

Blackboard Orientation

Columbus State has created a self-paced Blackboard Orientation which walks you through how to login, access a course, navigate a course, take a quiz, submit an assignment, participate in a discussion board, and read your My Grades area. At the end of the orientation, you can print a certificate of completion. You can access the orientation at

Accessing Your Course

Web-based courses are usually made available the morning following the fee payment deadline (generally four days prior to the start of the term). However, some individual instructors may decide to leave their course unavailable until the official start of term. If your course does not appear under the "Courses" tab of Blackboard by the 1st day of the term, contact IT Support. at (614) 287-5050 or email at

Courses from a Previous Term

If you were enrolled at Columbus State during the previous term, your courses, including those that were not distance learning courses, will remain visible in Blackboard until the end of the 6th week of class. Although this is to allow for students with incompletes to finish their courses, it does not mean that you personally have an incomplete - the courses are visible for all students.

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