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Course Name and Course ID

Blackboard Course Name and Course ID

Fall 22 BB course name course ID     Spring 23 BB course name course ID

Inside your Blackboard course, you see your course name and course ID in the upper left corner, but what do they mean?

Fall 2022:

  • example:     OL-Composition I-11/07/22     ENGL1301.20221107.645631
  • Course name consists of delivery method category (OL = online), class title (Composition I), and class start date (11/07/22)
  • Course ID consists of course alpha (ENGL1301), start date (20221107), and section ID (645631) - a unique number used for searching

Starting January 2023:

  • example:     LEC.General Botany.2023-01-17.2023-05-12.TM001     BIOL1411.20230117.646070
  • Course name consists of actual delivery method (LEC = lecture), class title (General Botany), class start date (2023-01-17), class end date (2023-05-12), and class section number (TM001)
  • Course ID consists of course alpha (BIOL1411), start date (20230117), and section ID (646070) - a unique number used for searching


Change Blackboard Password

To change your Blackboard password:

  • On the CTC Blackboard login screen, click the Reset Your Password link. Use this link to change your password, or to reset it if you forget your password.
  • The link provides a form to enter your name and username or email, and then an email will be sent to the email address that is associated with your Blackboard account (most likely your CTC email address).
  • Click the link in the email to continue. If you do not receive the email, please check your spam folder.
  • If you need further assistance, contact de.techsupport@ctcd.edu.

Please follow these CTC guidelines to create a secure password:

  • Passwords should be at least 8 characters in length. 
  • Passwords should contain characters from 3 of the following: 1) upper case letter (A-Z); 2) lowercase letter (a-z); 3) number; 4) symbol (ex, !, $, #, %). 
  • See How to Create a Secure Password for more details. 


On-demand Blackboard Help and Training


Original View is what you currently see inside Blackboard. We will be moving to Ultra View (a new user interface) at a future date.


Faculty wishing to learn more about Blackboard may request online self-paced training through the HR Training Office Etrieve form.

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