Blackboard Communities: Information and Resources

Blackboard Organizations (also known as Community Sites) are used as portals or hubs to communicate information and provide spaces for interaction.    

Features and Benefits:

  • Organizations are often used by departments, committees, or clubs to provide a secure, password protected space to interact and post content.  
  • Organizations that are associated with one or more major codes self-enroll every semester for an up-to-date way to communicate with current students.
  • Organization tools include:
    • Email
    • Content and media posting
    • Discussion boards, blogs, and wikis
    • Survey tools
  • Ability to create private sub-groups within an organization.
  • Web-conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate.

Authorized Users:

  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Staff (some staff members may need a Blackboard account made by request)
  • Administrators (some administrators may need a Blackboard account made by request)

Request Process:

  • To request a new Blackboard Organizations submit the following request form[link needed].
  • To update an existing Blackboard Organization submit the following request form [link needed].

User Responsibility:

  • All users are responsible for logging in to Blackboard with their own New Paltz User ID.

Requirements and Prerequisites:

Hours of Availability:

  • Blackboard is available all hours.

Customer costs:

  • There is no fee for this service.


  • Submit a ticket to
  • Send an email to
  • Walk in to the Help Desk in Humanities 103 or call 845-257-3597.


Article ID: 34837
Tue 8/8/17 9:09 AM