Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Single Sign-On for Blackboard has Arrived

Students and instructors who are logged into MyOttawa will now be routed directly to their Blackboard home page when clicking the Blackboard link on MyOttawa.  They will not be prompted to sign in to Blackboard.  However, this does not work in reverse. That is, when logged into Blackboard, if a resource requires authentication to MyOttawa (e.g., library databases) and the user hasn’t already logged into MyOttawa, he or she will be prompted for MyOttawa credentials.  In other words, signing in to Blackboard does not automatically sign you in to MyOttawa. 

If you have an additional Blackboard account or an account that has a username that does not match your MyOttawa username (e.g., such as CAPS advisors, deans of instruction, or users with special accounts set up for assessments) you’ll receive the following error if you click the Blackboard link from the MyOttawa homepage and you are logged in to MyOttawa.

If you receive this message, return to MyOttawa and logout and then click the Blackboard link.  This will take you to the Blackboard login page.  If you need access to both the MyOttawa portal and Blackboard at the same time, we recommend you first login to Blackboard and then return to the MyOttawa portal and log in there.

As always, if you have any questions or need assistance with your login, please contact OU Help.

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