How do I navigate my Blackboard course?


Starting June 1, 2021 Blackboard will look a bit different. But don't worry, your courses will look and function the same as before!

Watch this video or read this brochure learn more!

Base Navigation

New navigation on the left-hand side replaces the previous tabs and modules that were spread out across boxes on the landing  page. This is called Base Navigation.

Example of Base Navigation and Institution Page


Base Navigation menu contains the following links:

Institution Page

You'll see this the new landing page when you log into Blackboard. It includes important news and quick access to helpful Red Deer Polytechnic information and resources.


Click on your name to personalize your notification settings.  

Activity Stream

View at a glance which activities require your immediate attention with this curated list of what’s new and what’s coming up.


Quickly navigate to your courses with the ability to search and filter. View your courses in list or card format.

Click the star icon of each course to mark it as a favourite; these courses will then appear near the top of your course list for easy access.

Blackboard Course


View all course, organization, institution and personal events and due dates in one place, plus gain two-way synchronization with external calendars.


Stay connected by viewing and sending your messages from one place.


Quickly check grades across all your courses at a glance

Sign Out

Logout of Blackboard using the Sign Out link at the bottom of the navigation.

Your instructor may have customized your Blackboard course menu and/or course tools. Each course will be unique, but the base navigation will be the same. 

If you have further questions about navigating a particular course, contact your instructor.

Learn more:

Blackboard Help: Base Navigation

Blackboard Base Navigation Brochure (pdf)

For Students: Blackboard Learn Ultra Base Navigation (video)


  • Last Updated Nov 23, 2021
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