Student Announcements

Welcome to the Summer 2020 semester

See eStudent Resources tab above for additional student resources.




Some courses, listed as hybrid, will meet virtually at the times they were scheduled to meet on campus. Most of the virtual sessions will be managed using Bb Collaborate Ultra. Bb Collaborate Ultra can be accessed from within your Bb course. For more information on Bb Collaborate Ultra, click here.


Owl Mail (Student email account)

Have you activated your Owl Mail Student email account? If not, click here for 3 easy steps to activate your student email account. You will need your 7-digit student id to activate your student email account.


Blackboard (Bb) Student Orientation Information

All credit students will be enrolled in the "2020SU Bb Student Orientation" course. This course is OPTIONAL. You will not receive a grade or a certificate but this course contains important information to help you get started in Bb.


Please note that Internet Explorer is not supported by Blackboard. Click here for supported browsers.


Blackboard (Bb) Collaborate Ultra

Click here for instructions on how to access Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (the virtual classroom)

Click here to view the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra student orientation


See Below Links for Additional Student Resources:


Blackboard App for Students

Where are my Assignment Grades?

Receive Blackboard Text Messages for Notifications

Have you accessed the PGCC Portal?

Blackboard Tutorials - How Do I?

Student Blackboard Account Information

Online Student Orientation Information

When Do Classes Begin?

Don't See Your Course?

Registered for an Accelerated Course?

Made a Change in Owl Link?

Known issue in this Bb release

Supported Browsers


eLearning highly recommends that either Firefox or Chrome is used with Blackboard. Click here for more browser information.



For additional resources, click on the eStudent Resources tab above and/or see links to the left.


Still have questions? Contact eLearning Services.







Bb Student Mobile App




Have you downloaded the Blackboard App for Students?

The Blackboard app is designed especially for students to view content and participate in courses. The app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices.


Please note that due dates will only be displayed in the mobile app if your instructor uses the Due Date feature in Blackboard. You must check Blackboard for official due dates. Not all tasks can be completed with the mobile app and it is NOT recommended to take a test using the mobile app.


Click here for more information on the Blackboard app for students.






Bb Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool that opens right in your browser, so you don't have to install any software to join a session. Chrome is the best browser to use when using Bb Collaborate Ultra.


You can access Bb Collaborate Ultra right in your Bb course. If you cannot find where to access Collaborate in your course, try the following:


To Access Your Collaborate Course Room:

  • Select 'Quicklinks' from the course menu in your Bb course.
  • Select 'Course Tools' from the Quicklinks options.
  • Select 'Blackboard Collaborate Ultra' from the Course Tools options.


For Bb Collaborate Ultra support at any time, call 1-877-382-2293. If you are an instructor or student in need of support for Blackboard Collaborate, then select #2 for Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience.


For more information on Bb Collaborate Ultra, click here.





Known Issue with Blackboard


The "Browse My YouTube Videos" tool in the Content Editor does not work. When you click on the tool, you will get a screen to "Sign in to YouTube". When you click on it, it doesn't go anywhere.


    Content editor


Recommend to your students to use the Mashups tool when embedding YouTube videos.


    YouTube Mashup








text notifications



Did you know that you can receive text messages from Blackboard to notify you when Announcements, Assignments or Tests become available?

You have the option to edit the way you receive these Blackboard notifications. For information on how to edit your notification settings, click here and scroll down to "Choose how and when you get notifications". For more information on the Notification Dashboard and how to edit your settings, click here. If you select to receive text notifications (SMS) or 'Text to Voice" you must have your mobile phone number listed in your Personal Settings.





MyPGCC Portal



MyPGCC Portal


Keep current on PGCC news, events, information, important announcements, and personal information like your grades.  Go to myPGCC and log in with your Owl Link username and password.


Access Blackboard from within the myPGCC portal: Students are able to click on the Blackboard course link from the myPGCC portal and go directly to the Blackboard course, without additional login to Blackboard.





Bb accounts





To test your Blackboard login, students can log in to the Blackboard system on the day after registration if the date is within 45 days of the start date of the course. Blackboard course sites will not be available until 4 calendar days prior to the start date of the course for summer, fall and winter intersession courses and 5 calendar days prior to the start date of the course for spring semester courses. Students MUST have a email account in Colleague in order to be added to Blackboard.


Registered students will be added to the Blackboard course site the day after registering in Owl Link. In addition, students will be removed from their Blackboard courses within one day of withdrawing. Students receiving an 'FX' or 'NA' grade in a course will be removed from that Bb course site within 48 hours of receiving the grade in Owl Link. Please check your Owl Link schedule to make sure you are enrolled in the correct courses.










All credit student's will be enrolled in the 2020SU Bb Orientation Course. This course will help you understand how to get around in Bb.


eLearning ORIENTATION for student's using Blackboard (Bb):

  • Individual faculty may choose to offer a mandatory course orientation for students. These orientation sessions will be online. If your course was originally scheduled to be a face-to-face course, you may be meeting virtually (online) at the same times as the class was scheduled to meet on-campus. To find out whether or not your instructor is offering a course orientation for the Summer 2020 semester, click here.
  • If you miss your required instructor-led orientation, then contact your instructor.
  • There will be an 'general' online orientation available for students who have questions and would like an overview of Bb. This general orientation will also be conducted online. More information to follow.
  • All credit students are automatically enrolled in a Bb course “2020SU Bb Student Orientation.” From this Blackboard course, students can access the Bb student orientation and other helpful information to help them get started in their course. This does not replace any mandatory instructor orientations. This course is especially important for online students. Most credit students will need to know how to use Bb. For first-time Bb students, view the Student Online Orientation from your list of courses. Note: The orientation course is not graded or required. There is no certification for this course.






The Summer 2020 semester begins on Monday, June 1st. 

The start date of online and on-campus courses vary during the semester. For accelerated courses that begin after the start date of the semester, check the Accelerated Online Class Schedule for the start and end dates of your course. Blackboard course sites will be available to students 4 days prior to the start date of the course.


All Summer Classes

  • Classes beginning on June 1st will become available in Bb on Thursday, May 28th.
  • Courses beginning after June 1st will become available in Bb 4 days prior to the start date of the course. For example, courses beginning on July 6th will be available to students on July 2nd.
  • For accelerated courses that begin after the start date of the semester, check the Accelerated Online Class Schedule for the start and end dates of your course or check 'My Class Schedule' in Owl Link for the start and end dates of your course.


Login to Blackboard using your Owl Link username and password.




There are two reasons why most students cannot see their courses in Blackboard:

  1. Blackboard course sites will appear four days prior to the start date of the course for summer, fall and winter session courses and 5 days prior to the start date of the course for spring courses. (see "When do classes begin" for details)
  2. It may take up to 24 hours after registration or "class schedule changes**" to see your course in Blackboard. You MUST have a email account for your Blackboard account to be created.
  3. If you have confirmed your registration in Owl Link and the start date is within 4 days and you still do not see your course, please contact eLearning Services

    **Class schedule changes include: new registrations, add/drop courses, drops for nonpayment, NA grade drops, course withdrawals.


Confirm your course schedule in Owl Link by checking the "My Class Schedule" link.


This also applies to accelerated (late start) courses that begin later in the semester. Check Owl Link for the start date of your course to determine when the Blackboard site will appear.




Please Note: Accelerated courses are full semester courses (15-wk, fall and spring; 10-wk, summer) that are condensed to allow students to complete a course in a shorter timeframe. Due to the condensed nature of accelerated courses, it is imperative that you are ready to begin your course on the start date.

  • Accelerated courses are made available to students 4 days prior to the start date of the course for summer and fall courses. There are no accelerated courses for the winter intersession.
  • Accelerated courses are made available to students 5 days prior to the start date of the course for spring courses.
  • You can register for an accelerated course up to the start date of the course.
  • Check Owl Link for availability and registration information.




  • Changes made to your Owl Link schedule should be transferred to Blackboard within 24 hours.