Student Technical Support

What is my Username and Password?

Saddleback College uses a universal password for MySite, Blackboard, email, and the network.  The first time you use it, you will need to activate your College Account and set up your universal password.

You will only need to do this ONCE.

  • Login to MySite using your Student Number and PIN (4 digit password you created during the application process)
  • Navigate to Change PIN/Password Option (left hand navigation bar)
  • Click Link Change Password
  • Enter your student PIN and create a new password (Must be between 6 and 16 characters, contain at least one number and is case-sensitive)
  • Click on the change password button
  • Once you see the message "Password successfully changed" near the top of this page, you will be able to use this password to login to your student email, the student wireless, blackboard, and the student computers on campus.

Your login ID is your student email address up to the @ sign.

For example, if your student email account is: jsmith12@saddleback.edu

your username is: jsmith12

Click here to view screenshots on how to change your password.

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How do I access my Student Email account?

Student Email Accounts are created within 72 hours of course enrollment.

Saddleback College uses Microsoft's Outlook.com system for Student Email Accounts.

Login to your college email at: https://outlook.com/saddleback.edu or navigate to the email option (left hand navigation bar) on the www.saddleback.edu website.

Attention New/Returning Students: You must login to MySite and change your Password BEFORE you access your student email account or other network services. See the above tab for "Help with your username or password/PIN?"

Username is the ENTIRE student email address (i.e., jsmith12@saddleback.edu).  The password is your universal password. Click on the sign in button.

Want to forward student email to a personal email address?

  • Login to MySite
  • Navigate to the My Information Option (left hand navigation bar) and click on it
  • Click the Change Address link
  • Type the email address that you want your student email forwarded to in the "Forward Emails To" textbox at the bottom of the page
  • Click no the update button and wait for the update message to appear
  • Click on the update button a second time
  • Go to your personal email account and look for a message from the college Admissions and records office and open it (may be in the spam folder)
  • Click on the link provided to verify your forwarding address.

Note: please still also check your Saddleback email for messages.  Some email programs block group messages sent from the college or Blackboard.

Outlook.com offers many benefits:

  • More email storage (10 gigabytes versus the current 15 megabytes).
  • 5 gigabytes of Office Workspace storage for shared project work.
  • 25 gigabytes of storage space on OneDrive that allows access from any location with a web connection.
  • A Calendar feature for personal and academic use. You’ll be able to record appointments, share calendars, and schedule meetings.
  • The ability to synchronize contacts and calendars with iPhones and Windows Mobile cell phones.
  • Anti-Spam and virus protection
  • And Much More…

Email FAQ's - for the Outlook.com (also referred to as Live@Edu Email)/OneDrive system.

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How do I access the campus WiFi?

If you have a wireless-enabled computer or mobile device, you can access the Internet from most locations on campus.  Note for students in online classes: not all course material (videos, exams, quizzes, etc) will work on a mobile device.

You will be asked to provide a username and password on the network authentication page.  Your username and password for the on campus wireless is the same as you use to get into your Saddleback College email and Blackboard.  If you need help with your username or password, or want to change your password, please see the above tab, "Help  with Your Username or Password/PIN".

Pay careful attention to the user agreement as well as the login instructions. Be aware that you will be accessing an unsecure and unencrypted wireless network. Only casual internet browsing is recommended. Any personal or financial transactions should be done in a secure and encrypted manner not provided by this network.

Board Policy:
It is the policy of this District to restrict access to and use of the electronic/digital information network to students and staff for appropriate academic, professional and institutional purposes. Use of the District's electronic/digital information network for other purposes is not authorized and will constitute grounds for revocation of user privileges.

For additional information:
District Computer Use Policy


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How do I login to Blackboard?

 

 

What should I do before my Online Class begins?

  • If you don't know your username and password for Blackboard and your email account, go to MySite and activate your universal password. See the "Help with Your Username and Password/PIN" tab above. 
  • Check your Saddleback email for any notices from your instructor.   See the "Help with College Provided Student Email Account" tab above. 
  • Do a browser check and set up your computer to best access Saddleback College's course management system, Blackboard.  See the "Help with Blackboard Basics" tabs below.
  • Sign in to Blackboard at this address: https://saddleback.blackboard.com or from the link on the Saddleback web site under Online Education.
  • You will not see your course listed in Blackboard until the day your course begins (see the online Class Schedule).  You should also look for an email from your instructor prior to or on the first day of class. This email will often include important information on how to get started in the class.
  • If you are unable to log into Blackboard on the first day of class, or your course was still not available in Blackboard on the first day, please do the following:
    1. Go to MySite and make sure you are enrolled in the class.
    2. Contact Student Technical Support
    3. Also email your instructor by clicking on the "email" button next to their name in the Class Schedule to keep them updated on the issue.

More questions about using Blackboard? See the Blackboard Online Support to search for answers to commonly asked questions about Blackboard.

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What browser and plugins do I need for Blackboard?

Browser and Plug-in Check:

To see if your current browser is compatible with and set up appropriately for Blackboard, do a Browser Check, the Plug-in Check is on the bottom of this page.

 

Browser:

Mozilla Firefox is the preferred browser.

 

Using a Mobile Device?

Mobile devices DO NOT show all course information. You should log into Blackboard using a regular computer to verify you are seeing all course materials, and for taking tests.

 

Minimum computer requirements for Blackboard.

Can be found on our Techinical Requirements page.

 

Additional Software:

Most courses will not require you to download additional software. If you need Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, & OneNote, use the Microsoft Live@Edu services, via the College Email system.

More questions about using Blackboard? See the Blackboard Online Support to search for answers to commonly asked questions about Blackboard.

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What should I know about taking Exams in Blackboard?

Before the exam

  1. Complete a Browser Check for compatibility with Blackboard.  Also see the "Help with Setting Up Your Computer for Blackboard" tab above.
     
  2. For best results, a broadband or DSL connection is required. Wireless networks have a tendency to momentarily go offline and this will cause your exam to close down.  If you are using a dial-up connection to access the Internet, disable call waiting. If you are using the same phone line to dial up to the internet as you use for your voice calls, please ask everyone with access to the phone to refrain from picking up the phone as this could disconnect you from the internet.
     
  3. Make sure you have enough time to finish the exam in one sitting because you may not be allowed to save and return to the exam. Exams are set up differently in different classes.  If you have questions about your exam, contact your instructor.
     

During the exam

  1. IMPORTANT: Do not use the back or refresh buttons in your browser. If you do so, your exam will be closed and you may not be able to re-enter.
  2. When using a mouse with a scroll wheel, be careful when scrolling. First, click a blank area on the assessment, and then use the scroll wheel. Otherwise, you risk changing some of your answers.
  3. Click the “save” button periodically or so to ensure you’re your answers are saved.
  4. When you finish the exam, click the “submit” button one time only and wait. You will receive a confirmation screen when it has been successfully submitted.

After completing the exam:

  1. Click on the Check Grade button from the main menu to ensure that your exam was successfully submitted. You will either see a score or another icon (e.g. a checkmark or green exclamation point) to signify that it was submitted.
  2. If you see a notepad and pencil icon in the grade book, then your test was not successfully submitted. You will need to contact the instructor ASAP.  Student Technical Support is unable to reset your exams for you.

Additional Online Exam Help Resources:

Test Preparation and Test-taking Online Exams

A brief list of tips to take tests online

How to succeed as an online student

How Students Develop Online Learning Skills

More questions about using Blackboard? See the Blackboard Online Support to search for answers to commonly asked questions about Blackboard.

What do I do if I'm locked out of my Blackboard Assessment?

If you experience Blackboard assessment lock-outs when taking exams, here are a few suggestions to help prevent them. If the assessment does lock and if the assessment does not allow multiple attempts, you must contact your instructor to have it unlocked.

  • Do not wait until the last minute to take exams; if you experience technical problems they will take time to be resolved.
  • Use a non-wireless high-speed connection.
  • Do the Browser Checkbefore taking the assessment.
  • The latest version of FireFox is the browser of choice when taking a Blackboard assessment.
  • Single click instead of double click on the arrow for Next Question, Save and Submit.
  • Do not resize the screen, click the REFRESH or BACK arrow on your browser screen while taking an assessment. Use the assessment features to move around in the assessment.
  • Avoid hitting Return/Enter. This may cause an inability to advance. If you are using AOL to access the Internet, once the connection is made, minimize the AOL window and use a different browser (Firefox). Only have one Blackboard session running at a time and, when taking a test, try closing out all other programs, browsers, activities, especially instant message applications like AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, as well as email notifications. This will help with slowness.
  • Blackboard Session timeout
    The default timeout for a Blackboard session is 3 hours. It is not affected by activity. If the students were in for a couple hours before the test it is possible to get a timeout.
  • ISP timeout
    Many Internet Service Provider (ISP) connections are set up to automatically disconnect when no activity is detected for a particular length of time (15, 20 minutes or so).
    When you are doing tests/surveys in Blackboard, although you are clicking answers and maybe typing responses, this activity is not detected by the ISP. If it takes longer than the time-out period for you to take the test, the Internet connection will be down when you try to submit. The test won't submit, and you will be locked out of your test. You should remember to click the Save button at the bottom periodically while taking a test.
    Although this won't necessarily save your answers in case there is some other problem, it will establish some connection with the Blackboard server, so the ISP will detect activity and not time out. You will need to click Submit at the end of the test.
  • Clicking outside the test area
    Once a test/survey is open within the Blackboard frame (not a new window), you should not click anywhere outside of the test area or the test may lock up. You will also need to be careful if you are working with a mouse that has extra features such as a scroll wheel or buttons programmed for going back or forward on Internet pages. If you inadvertently hit one of those buttons, it will probably take you out of the assessment and cause it to lock up.
  • Turn off popup blockers.
  • Do not attempt to print an exam.
  • Wait for questions to load
    After you single-click to begin a test where all questions appear on one page, let all the questions load.
  • If the exam is presented one question at a time, be sure to click save before going to the next question.
  • Compose your essay in the text editor of Blackboard. Do not use cut and paste from MS Word. (You may use a simple text editor like Notepad for Windows and TextEdit for the MAC.)
  • Once you have entered the exam do not leave until finished. Do not click on any Blackboard menus such as Assignments, Course Documents, Announcements, etc. Do not attempt to access other web pages as this may cause exam to fail.
  • At the end of an exam, be sure to select Submit and not Save. Only Submit will send the completed exam to the instructor. Click Submit only ONCE. Do Not Double Click.
  • If you are locked out of a Blackboard Assessment, please contact your instructor, or follow instructions given by your instructor.

Where are printers available for student use?

Printing is available in the following labs:  IMC (BGS 248), LRC 207 and LRC 3rd floor

Cost for Printing: 10 cents per sheet (black and white) and 75 cents per sheet (color)

Cost for Photocopying: 10 cents per sheet (black and white) and 65 cents per sheet (color)

Payment Method: To print, you must purchase a "copy card" from one of the card dispensing machines in the labs located in BGS 248 or LRC - 2nd Floor Copy Center.  The "initial" purchase of the copy card has to be made with a one dollar bill. After the initial purchase, the copy card can be "refreshed" with one, five or 10 dollar bills and/or change. You will be unable to use a credit or debit card as a method of payment.

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