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I'm a returning student (or) I know my Blackboard and Email username and password

You can access Blackboard or your La Sierra email through La Sierra myCampus portal at https://mycampus.lasierra.edu/. After you log in you will see a list of services on the left side of your home page, including links to Blackboard and La Sierra Email. You can also access your Email or Blackboard directly using the links http://email.lasierra.edu/ and https://blackboard.lasierra.edu/ respectively.

I'm a new student (or) I forgot my Password

The username and password for your La Sierra email account is the same one that you use with Blackboard and myCampus portal as well (through myCampus portal, you can access different services like Blackboard, LSU email, grades,…etc). If you don't remember the password (or if this is your first time accessing the service) you can reset it from your self-service account following the steps below:

  1. Log in to Self-Service. Type your LSU id# in the field "USER ID" and the self-service password in the field "Password". By default, the self-service password should be your 6 digits birthday (2 digits month, 2 digits day, 2 digits year.) and you will be requested to change it the first time you log in to Self-Service. If you don't remember your password for Self-Service please call 951-785-2006 and ask the registrar to reset it back to your birth date.
  2. Select "Students" from the main menu.
  3. Select "Forgot Password?".
  4. Select "Set Password".
  5. In "New Password" and "Retype New Password" fields type new password that meets the conditions listed on the page. The system checks for dictionary words if you are given the error of dictionary words please try a different password. (on this page you will see your username as well, which is the first part of your La Sierra email address before the @ and as mentioned above, you can use this username to access Blackboard, La Sierra email, and myCampus).
  6. Select Submit and wait, this may take some time as it verifies all conditions are met.
  7. Congratulations! Your Password has been changed. If any other message or error is shown, please call the IT department at 951-785-2900.

Now, you can use your "username" (the first part of your La Sierra email address before the @) and the "password" to access Blackboard or your La Sierra email address through La Sierra myCampus portal at https://mycampus.lasierra.edu/ or you can also access your Email or Blackboard directly using the links http://email.lasierra.edu/ and https://blackboard.lasierra.edu/ respectively.

After you finish all the settings and access Blackboard successfully, please make sure that you check and use your La Sierra email address because it is the official contact method between La Sierra teachers and students. When you access Blackboard, click on the "Courses" tab below La Sierra logo on the left and you will see a list of your courses.

Step 1 (Log in to Self-Service)

Log in to "Self-Service" using this link  Self-Service <https://my.lasierra.edu/pls/live/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin> . Type your LSU id# in the field "USER ID" and the self-service password/PIN  in the field "Password". By default, the self-service password/PIN should be your 6 digits birthday (2 digits month, 2 digits day, 2 digits year.) and you will be requested to change it the first time you login to Self-Service. If you don't remember your password for Self-Service please call 951-785-2006 and ask the registrar office to reset it back to your birthday.

Step 2 (Adding a class through Self-Service)
To add and confirm a class in Self-Service, do the following:

  1. Under "Main Menu "Select "Students".
  2. Click "Register for Classes"
  3. Click "Add/Drop Classes"
  4. Select the term and click "Submit"
  5. You will see a page where you can enter the CRN numbers for the classes that you want to register for. (the CRN numbers can be found in La Sierra Course Schedule or you can send an email to ed_online@lasierra.edu and we will help you find the CRN number for your class). Then, click "Submit" or "Continue".
  6. The next page will be to choose your payment method. Choose from the list and then "Confirm".

You can contact the registrar office at 951-785-2006 for any additional questions regarding the steps above.

You can access Blackboard and click on the "Courses" tab on the upper left corner and you will see a list of the courses that you registered for. Below are some helpful information regarding Blackboard system:

  • You will always see the two tabs, "My Institution" and "Courses", in the upper left corner of your Blackboard home screen and you can always go back to the list of courses that you registered for when you click on "Courses".
  • When you select the course from your list, you will see the home page of your course and also the main navigation bar on the left. Please make sure to check each tab in the main navigation menu, especially "Announcements" and "Information", where you can see important course information and teacher instructions.
  • The "Discussions" tab is where you can access the Discussion board of the course. You can reply and post to the topics under each Discussion Forum. Depending on the course, you can also attach files to your posts.
  • The "Content" tab is where you can find the course contents (Documents, Powerpoints, Assignments, Videos,…etc).
  • The "Email" section is where you can send questions or messages to the teacher. Please make sure to communicate with your teacher (and to check your La Sierra email regularly) whenever you have any course-related question regarding the syllabus, assignments, discussions, quizzes,…etc.

Blackboard courses combine different multimedia components and it is very important that you download the latest versions of the following "Free" applications to make sure that all the course components will run correctly:

Microsoft "Silverlight" is important for School of Education Blackboard classes because it allows you to run the videos from the lecture capture system "Panopto" that is integrated with Blackboard. The link below  "Screenshot 1 - Click to Launch or Download" shows you an example of a lecture capture video link. You can click on either "Click to Launch" or "Click to download the file if it does not open" links. After that you will see a screen similar to the link "Screenshot 2 - Panopto log in screen from Blackboard". Make sure to choose "Blackboard" from the list and click "Login" to get access to the lecture capture video.

Screenshot 1 - Click to Launch or Download

Screenshot 2 - Panopto Log In Screen from Blackboard

How to create a Google Hangout session (for teachers)

1- Log on to your La Sierra email email.lasierra.edu using the same username and password that you use with Blackboard or myCampus portal.

2- To access Google Plus, click on the “+You” tab on the top left corner of the screen (the first option in the menu where you have Images, Mail, Calendar,…etc). After you setup and configure your Google Plus account the first time it will show your name next to the + sign (for example, +John).

3- If this is the first time for you accessing your Google Plus, you will see options to add people to your Google Plus circles or to follow other people. You will also have an option to add information to your profile and upload a photo for your self. You can add people, follow people, and update your information in this step or just “Skip” and continue to your Google Plus home page. You can always add people and change your profile anytime later.

4- On your Google Plus home page, Make sure that your “Hangouts” menu (the quotation mark with the green background icon on the right side of the screen) is open, so you can see all the Google Hangouts live sessions as they appear in your list. To start a Hangout session, at the bottom of the Hangouts menu click "Hangout Party" and then "Start a Party".

5- Enter the names, email addresses, or circle names to invite people to join your Hangout session, then click "Share".

During the Hangout session, you can turn your camera and microphone on and off. Also you can chat and share your screen with the other participants (the teacher and students) in the hangout session. (The teacher might disable some features.)

How to join a Google Hangout session

1- Log on to your La Sierra email email.lasierra.edu using the same username and password that you use with Blackboard or myCampus portal.

2- To access Google Plus, click on the “+You” tab on the top left corner of the screen (the first option in the menu where you have Images, Mail, Calendar,…etc). After you setup and configure your Google Plus account the first time it will show your name next to the + sign (for example, +John).

3- If this is the first time for you accessing your Google Plus, you will see options to add people to your Google Plus circles or to follow other people. You will also have an option to add information to your profile and upload a photo for your self. You can add people, follow people, and update your information in this step or just “Skip” and continue to your Google Plus home page. You can always add people and change your profile anytime later.

4- On your Google Plus home page, Make sure that your “Hangouts” menu (the quotation mark with the green background icon on the right side of the screen) is open, so you can see all the Google Hangouts live sessions as they appear in your list. 

5- When the teacher initiates the call through Google Hangouts, you will see his/her name in your Hangouts menu and you can click on the link (or click “Answer”) to join the Hangout session. Active Hangout invitations will show a green camera icon next to them. (If the teacher is using a “Google Hangout on Air”, you will need to agree on the terms to participate in the recorded session before you can join).

Based on how the teacher will invite you to the Hangouts session, there are two other ways to receive notification in addition to the one mentioned above in step 5. You might see a "badge" number next to the "Bell" icon on the top right corner next to your name. This will notify you about several Google+ activities, including Hangouts invitations from other people. Also, the teacher might choose to send you invitations by email and, in this case, you will receive an email with a link to join the invitations. Any of the three methods mentioned in step 5 can be used to send Google Hangouts invitations.

During the Hangout session, you can turn your camera and microphone on and off. Also you can chat and share your screen with the other participants (the teacher and students) in the hangout session. (The teacher might disable some features.)

Southern California

On our suburban, gated campus in Riverside, California, you can live in one of three residence halls or the Honors dormitory. Men and women live separately. You can live off campus if you're married, in graduate programs, living with family, or above the age of 22.