How can I allow guests to access my Blackboard course?

An instructor may wish to allow users without a UIC NetID to view portions of their Blackboard course. There are two ways to do this:

A. Obtaining a Temporary NetID

Click here for directions on obtaining a guest account.

B. Allowing Guest Access

An instructor can allow someone without a UIC NetID to have a limited Guest Access to the course. This will allow them to have “view only” access to select content Items.

  1. Select Customization under the Course Management Control Panel for a course site.

  2. Select Guest and Observer Access from the items below Customization to display the Guest and Observer Access page.

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3. Under Allow Guest Access, select Yes

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4. Click Submit
5. Select the content items to which you would like guest users to have access. Hover over any of the left-hand navigation items and click on the chevron that appears. Select Permit Guests.

You can now send out a direct URL to any content area of the course that permits guests to anyone.  Copy the URL from the browser address bar or right click on a folder in your course. 

Note: This information pertains to the Original Course View only