How do I log in to Blackboard?
Simply click the Blackboard link on the lower left of this page and enter your MyOttawa portal id as your username. Your password is:
  • students: the same as your OU student email/MyOttawa password
  • staff: the same as your MyOttawa portal password

If you need help logging in to Blackboard, please contact OU Help:

Do I have to use a certain browser with Blackboard?
Ottawa Online staff recommends the Firefox browser (Firefox final release) for the best combination of speed, stability and ability to handle all of the functions in Bb 9.1. The most current version is always available at: 

(This link opens in a new window or tab.)  Be certain you are installing Firefox final release. Should you need assistance with installing Firefox, please contact OU Help at

Training Information

  1. Where is the information about how to learn about using Blackboard (for first-time online learners)?
Our Blackboard training for first-time online learners – called "Learning and Interacting in our Virtual Environment" – encompasses many pieces of our virtual classroom and as such, is more than Blackboard 9.  Information about registering for a webinar and other training options is available in the Ottawa Online group here in this portal.