Blackboard Resources

Ensuring Your Online Learning Success

Blackboard is UNI's online learning management system that supports traditional, hybrid, and online courses.

System Requirements

  • Internet access
  • Web browser (Chrome and Firefox recommended)

While most students encounter very few technical difficulties with our online courses, technical support is available.

Access Blackboard and Navigate to Your Course

  1. Visit
  2. Click University of Northern Iowa CatID SignOn
    University of Northern Iowa CatID SignOn
  3. Enter your CatID username and passphrase.
  4. Click LOGIN.
  5. Click on Courses in the left menu and then select your course title.
  6. You will first arrive at the Announcements page, where your instructor will post course announcements.
  7. Navigate through your course using the menu in the left sidebar.

There are several tools used in Blackboard. View our Orientation to Online Learning for more details.

Online Exam Guidelines

  • Use Firefox or Chrome. Internet Explorer and Safari do not support Blackboard, and users can experience difficulty with opening content.
  • If your quiz or exam is timed, plan to take it in a single setting.
  • Use a reliable, high-speed, Internet connection. An ethernet connection is preferable to a wi-fi connection.
  • When ready to submit your quiz or exam, click on the 'Save and Submit' button just once. (It may take Blackboard a few moments to load and save your quiz or exam.)
  • Proctored exams– if you're enrolled in a course that's using a proctored exam, separate instructions will be provided by your instructor.


Technical Support

If you experience technical difficulties when taking an exam or quiz, immediately notify the office of Online & Distance Education. Support hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Phone: 319-273-7740
  • Email the name of the course, instructor's name, and a description of the problem to