Blackboard Overview

Blackboard is a Web-based learning management system (LMS) that is used to host the Project Inspire online courses and serves as the "virtual" learning space for participants and instructors. To help you prepare for the Blackboard learning environment, it is recommended to be familiar with the following basic Blackboard functions prior to the start of the Project Inspire session:

Note: Since the Blackboard tutorials are version specific, make sure to refer to the following version that we are currently using:

Blackboard Learn v9.1 Service Pack 13


Blackboard Basics for New Project Inspire Students

The following Blackboard On Demand Learning Center for Students has free on-demand video tutorials to familiarize yourself with the basic Blackboard functions that you will be using in the course.

(Note: Some training videos are YouTube-based and may not accessible from with the Hawaii DOE's network unless you use the Internet Captive Portal setup (

The following tutorial modules are the main ones you should be familiar with prior to the start of the session:

  • Global Navigation and My Blackboard
  • My Blackboard Profile
  • Working In Your Course
    • Checking Your Grades
    • Working in Groups
    • Creating a Blog Entry
    • Interacting with the Discussion Board
    • Creating and Editing a Wiki Page
    • Submitting an Assignment
  • Staying Organized and Communicating
    • Sending Email From Your Course
    • Using the Calendar
    • Staying Organized by Managing Your Course and Personal Tasks
  • Setting Your Preferences and Controlling Your Environment
    • Editing Your Personal Information and Privacy Options
    • Setting Your Notification Options
    • Changing Your Password


Accessing the Project Inspire Blackboard Site

Click here to access the Project Inspire Blackboard site.

Note: Your Project Inspire Blackboard Account credentials will be emailed to you prior to the start of the session.

Click here to run the Blackboard Browser Compatibility Check to avoid web browser compatibility issues.


Getting Help with Blackboard

If you need more assistance with Blackboard prior to the start of the session, contact the Project Inspire Program Manager at:

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Phone: (808)305-9766

During the Project Inspire session, check with the respective course instructor first and see if the issue can resolved before contacting the HVLN Help Desk:

Live Phone Support:
(808) 447-7530
Mondays and Thursdays
5:00pm - 7:30 pm

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(24 hr response time)

For some support cases, online conferencing may need to be scheduled with user. Help Desk will make this determination and coordinate scheduling.