The Right Way To Login To The SNHU Blackboard
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), based in New Hampshire, United States (U.S.), was founded in 1933, and now offers over 100 undergraduate courses and 40 graduate programs, as well as select certified programs and three honors degrees. With management required across five regional centers, the University has developed an advanced web-based software application to provide students with 24/7, streamlined accessibility to important information.
In addition to the mySNHUportal, the SNHU Blackboard Academic Suite is an application that provides e-learning to registered students, who can use the Suite for a series of benefits that includes syllabus details, and access to course documents and course-related information.
In January 2013, the pilot version of Blackboard 9.1 was launched and students were offered training during the same month. By June 2013, all undergraduate and graduate courses were live on Blackboard 9.1.
Before you can gain access to the SNHU Blackboard, you must make sure that you have completed several mandatory steps. First, you must obtain an active SNHU email address, a corresponding password, and a mySNHU account. Then, you need to register for the application with a SNHU professor, who will add you to the registered users list. Also, you must be able to use a computer, laptop, or tablet with a web browser that can access the Internet.
Once you have completed the aforementioned steps and you are online, you need to visit the following URL: my.snhu.edu. The first window that will open is the mySNHU home page, where you will see the following on the right-hand-side of the page:
At the top, you are given a security setting option, whereby you can choose to log in as a “public or shared computer,” or as your “own private computer.” The public/shared option will automatically log you out of the system within a brief period of time if you leave the computer and accidentally remain logged in.
Below this, you will see the user login area, where you are required to enter your username (your email address) and password.
Immediately below the “Connect to my SNHU!” button is a hyperlink that asks, “Forgot your password?” The hyperlink will take you to a new page that allows you to open a Password Reset Case—you will need your email address, your SSN number, your Student ID, date of birth, home phone number and best contact number. You are also made aware of the Self-Service Password Reset Utility, which you must have previously signed up for—if you have signed up, you can use another hyperlink to use the self-service function. The page also provides you with the Help Desk’s details and instructions for opening a case that is not password related.
Below the login area are five other options:
- A hyperlink to directly contact the Help Desk that will take you to the same page as the “Forgot your password?” hyperlink.
- An option to log into the Blackboard Suite directly that can also be accessed with the URL snhu.edu.
- An option to log into the SNHU Webmail service directly.
- An option to check your browser compatibility that allows you to ensure that your experience with the application is as smooth as possible. Once you select this option, you will be presented with a series of required items that will either have a checkmark or an “x” mark next to them—the items marked with an “x” require your attention. Aligning browser compatibility will also ensure an enhanced experience within the mySNHU portal.
Once you are inside the Blackboard Suite, you will see the primary menu on the left-hand-side of the screen that includes the following options, which are likely to be most useful to you:
- “Announcements” are worth checking consistently, as this will be where important updates from SNHU staff members will be posted, including those members who are relevant to your studies.
- “Course Information” provides you with your syllabus information, and you will be able to ascertain what is expected of you in terms of grading, the grading scale, and what is expected of you, including items that are due, for every week of your course.
- “Discussion Board” is a very useful option, as you can direct questions to instructors, view transcripts of course material, and interact with your classmates on important topics.
- “Research/Writing” is an excellent resource for students, as you are provided with direct access to the Shapiro Library, research guides, information on the APA citation style that you will need to adhere to, and the Purdue Online Writing Lab, which is a trove of information for all academic writers.
- “Course Tools” provides you will all of the administrative information that you will need, and consists of course announcements, a virtual classroom and chat area, relevant contact information, a discussion forum, a glossary, your grades, a roster of the other students in your course, and an email function.