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Blackboard, Zoom, and Teams for Students

General resource guide for learning, understanding, and navigating Blackboard, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams at Western Technical College

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La Crosse, WI 54601
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What is Blackboard?

screenshot of blackboard login screenIf you're new to Western, you may hear people talking about Blackboard but not know what they mean.

Blackboard is Western's online learning system, and it's where you'll find all the information, materials, and assignments for your classes. The login screen is pictured at right.

The Blackboard website is or you can find the link under the "Current Students" area of Western's website. It is also linked on this guide for you.


Logging in to Blackboard

You'll have to log in using your student ID number and your MyWestern password.

Not sure what that is? If you do not know your password, please use this link to begin the process of resetting your password. Reference this Knowledge Base document for instructions on resetting your password (

Blackboard Introduction for Students

Students who are new to Western will be assigned to the "Student Readiness Training" course in Blackboard. This course is designed to help you get familiar with the Blackboard tools and skills you will need to access course materials, download and save files, use the discussion board, and submit your assignments.

The videos and resources on this page are just for quick reference and helpful tips. If you need assistance completing the Blackboard Readiness Training, logging into Blackboard, or are experiencing other technical difficulties, please contact or call 608-789-6266.

Short general introduction to Blackboard (2 minutes)

More detailed introduction to Blackboard specifically for Western students (5 minutes)

A special thank you to Project Proven team and intern for use of their video!

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