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What is Blackboard?
Blackboard is an online learning platform where you will find resources, activities and assessments for the modules which you are enrolled in at the University.

How do I access and log into Blackboard?
To access Blackboard, visit the following website:
URL address: https://ufs.blackboard.com

To log into your Blackboard account type:
Username: Student number
Password: UFS campus password

* Please ensure that you log into Blackboard to activate your profile. Only after activation will you be enrolled into your Blackboard modules.

What to do you if you are not enrolled into all your Blackboard modules?
Contact the Blackboard Helpdesk to request assistance with module enrolment. Please attach your proof of registration when sending an email to the helpdesk. Emails sent after hours will only be attended to the following business day.

Location Central computer labs next to the Sasol Library
Operating hours Monday to Friday: 07:45-21:00
Saturday/Sunday/University and Public Holidays: 09:00-18:00
Telephone number+27 51 401 9111 (Option 5)

* Please take note that you will only have access to your Blackboard modules 24 hours after you have registered.

Is there training available on how to use Blackboard?

All first-year students will receive Blackboard training during their UFSS1508 summer school orientation programme. First-year students also have the opportunity to complete the online Blackboard Self-Paced Training course, which is designed to train students on the effective use of Blackboard tools. This course can be found under ‘Courses’ on Blackboard. 

There is also various online and face to face training sessions taking place across all three campuses for senior-, postgraduate-, and late registered students to join. Visit the Student Blackboard Help organisation on Blackboard to see the training schedule and to sign up to attend a training session, as well as find helpful how-to documents and videos. 

Go to the organisation: Student Blackboard Help 
*Please note you need to be logged into Blackboard before clicking on the link.

The Blackboard Helpdesk cannot assist with UFS passwords. For password-related queries please contact ICT Services.

ICT Services Password Queries:
During office hours (07:45-16:30)
Tel: +27 51 401 9111 (Option 4)
Email: studentdesk@ufs.ac.za

After hours password queries (16:30-22:00)
Contact details (after hours): +27 51 401 3994
Email: studentdesk@ufs.ac.za

Click here to access password FAQs

What is the Blackboard App?

The Blackboard App is an enjoyable, simple and easy-to-use mobile learning app for on-the-go, goal-orientated learners. This app will give you access to the UFS Blackboard facilities. The app provides you with the following features:

    •  Activity Stream - Shows smart view of prioritised events and actions.
    •  Grades & Progress - Check grades and academic progress in real time.
    •  Synchronous Learning - Join virtual classes on-the-go in Collaborate.
    •  Assignments & Tests – View assignments and tests.

How to install the App:
    1.  Download the app from iTunes, Google Play or the Microsoft Store
    2.  Type: University of Free State
    3.  Enter your UFS student number
    4.  Enter your UFS password

Where can you download the app?

Apple Devices
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Android/Google Devices
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Windows Devices
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Windows Devices

Download app here 

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