Avatar and Profile in Blackboard

Before you can upload an Avatar, you have to create a Blackboard profile. A Blackboard profile is not the same as your user account. A profile is a reflection of how you want to present yourself to your peers, classmates, instructors, and employers. In Blackboard, you decide what you want to be called, what your academic interests are, and whatever else you want to share.

Profiles are stored in the Blackboard cloud and not in our institution so you can keep your profile throughout your academic and professional life. If you enroll at a different institution or join the workforce, you can maintain your academic relationships and networks using the same profile.

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Welcome Overlay

When you access Blackboard for the first time, you will see the welcome overlay which shows you where to locate the global navigation menu. This screen only appears the first time you log in.  


If you bypass this screen the first time you logged in, you can still edit your profile. Click on the drop-down arrow next to your name. Click on the Avatar.  

Blackboard Social End User Terms of Service

The following dialog box for the user terms agreement pops up. Check the box to indicate your read and agree to the terms. And then click on Agree.

Next, a series of questions will need to be answered.

Primary Email Address

You will need to enter your primary email address.

Blackboard "MyEdu" Account

On the next page, you see the Welcome to your new Blackboard Profile! Click on "I Don't Have A MyEdu Account" to finish setting up your profile.

Next you will be asked to enter your information. Enter your name and degree information and click on "Done."


On the next page, you will select a group to make this information available to. Make your selection and click on done.

  • Hidden – No one sees it
  • My Institution – Ferris State University
  • All Institutions – All Blackboard institutions
  • Public – All Blackboard

After you have finished the profile, you will see a “Success!” dialog box. Click on “View Your Profile.”

On the following page, you can finish your profile.  Click on Settings & Privacy.

Settings & Privacy

  • Upload an avatar
  • My Cover Page
  • Projects
  • Competencies
  • Work Experience
  • Posts

Upload Avatar

  • Click on Change Picture

  • Images must be a valid GIF/PNG/JPG formation, less than two megabytes, and  small pixel size in dimension, 150 pixel.
  • After you upload your image, fill in the comment box to share information about yourself.
  • Click on Save.

Fill out the other information to provide you an opportunity to share your information and to provide you with another networking opportunity.
Once you have created your profile, you can edit it anytime. Click on your Avatar to view your profile. And click on Settings & Privacy.