Uploading a Profile Picture to Blackboard

This guide will demonstrate how to upload a profile picture to Blackboard. For information regarding the pedagogic rationale, check out the step labeled Pedagogical Information.

Uploading a Profile Picture, Part 1

Log into Blackboard, and in the upper right corner of the screen, click on your name as highlighted in the image above.

Uploading a Profile Picture, Part 2

Image shows the user's notification panel expanded, with the link labeled settings highlighed, and with instructions to click on settings.

The notification panel will appear onscreen, similar to the image above.  At the bottom of the page, click the Settings button.

Uploading a Profile Picture, Part 3

This image shows the notification panel with the Settings menu opened, with Personal Information highlighed, and instructions to click on Personal Information

Under Settings, Click on Personal Information

Uploading a Profile Picture, Part 5

You will now see the above screen under Personalize My Settings:

  1. Display Options: Under Display Options, choose the option labeled "Use Custom Avatar Image"
  2. Attach File: Click Browse Local Files to upload an image and select a file from your computer.
  3. When finished, click Submit at the bottom of the screen.



Confirmation message reading Success: My Settings updated

A purple status bar with the message: Success: My Settings updated will appear at the top of the screen, and the selected image will now appear next to your name in Blackboard.

Pedagogical Information

Benefits for Students

Encouraging your students to add a profile picture or a representative avatar to their Blackboard profile can help to personalize the communications in the course and build community among course members.

Benefits for Faculty

Adding a profile picture or a representative avatar to your Blackboard profile is a great way to help your students connect with you in an online environment, and helps to reinforce a sense of "instructor presence" throughout the term.

When and How

This activity can be included as part of the requirements for first week introductions in a discussion forum (QM 1.9). Contact your instructional designer for guidance.