Blackboard is a web-based learning environment used at the University of Otago. Blackboard is mainly used to provide course material and to support interactions between students and lecturers.

Not all papers at the University are taught with Blackboard; some use Oceanbrowser or Moodle. There is no charge for departments or students to use Blackboard.

You can log in to Blackboard using your University username and password, which you will receive once you have completed your course enrolment and declaration. Your paper/s may not be available until the first day of the semester.

Log in to Blackboard

Unable to log in to Blackboard

You need to have completed the course enrolment declaration, as part of the enrolment process, before you can have full access to student services or resources like Blackboard. You can check this information through your eVision portal:

Enrolling at Otago
Log in to eVision

Otherwise, being unable to log in to Blackboard usually involves one of two common errors:

  1. You receive a message saying Could not log in. Valid authentication credentials were not provided. This can mean that:
    • None of the papers you're enrolled in use Blackboard
    • The semester hasn't started yet (you will have access to Blackboard a week before the semester begins)
    • Your username and/or password is incorrect—if you need assistance with your username/password contact AskOtago:
      Freephone 0800 80 80 98 (within New Zealand)
      Tel +64 3 479 7000
      Submit an enquiry or live chat with us


  2. You see a message saying Browser Cookies Disabled. If you get this error message, please check your Cookie and Security settings in your browser. To log in to Blackboard you will need to enable cookies in your browser:
    Enabling Cookies in Browser

To check for any current problems with Blackboard, check the ITS Service Notices

Get help with using Blackboard

If you are a staff member needing help with Blackboard, contact AskOtago:

Freephone 0800 80 80 98 (within New Zealand)
Tel +64 3 479 7000
Submit an enquiry or live chat with us

Blackboard—Getting Started course material (PDF 1.58MB) This is not a Blackboard manual and is not intended as a standalone document, it is used to familiarise people with with standard tasks.

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