Pronouns in Blackboard

In Blackboard, we are limited in how Pronouns can be populated and displayed. We have plans to improve this in the future.

Current Limitations:

  • Only Students and Faculty Pronouns can be populated in Blackboard.
  • Pronouns should propagate from myJH portal/JHED to SIS to Blackboard in 24 hours.
  • Pronouns will only be displayed in the Blackboard User Directory, not in Course Tools (e.g., Grade Center, Discussions).
  • Only users who choose to be listed in the Blackboard User Directory will appear in user search; see steps on how to Make Your Pronouns Searchable in Blackboard User Directory below.

Searching the Blackboard User Directory

  1. On the My Institution tab, under the Tools module, select User Directory.
    The User Directory is a tool on the My Institution tab.
  2. Search by Username (JHED), First Name or Last Name.
    Search Users by username, first name, last name
  3. You should see results if the Students/Faculty have made their Pronouns searchable.
    Example of Search Results

Make Your Pronouns Searchable in Blackboard User Directory

  1. On the My Institution tab, under the Tools module, select User Directory.
    The User Directory is a tool on the My Institution tab.
  2. Click on the Edit My Privacy Options link (on the right side of the screen).
    Select "Edit My Privacy Options" link
  3. On the Set Privacy Options screen:
    1. Under Personal Information, check the box next to “Additional Contact Information (Home Phone, Mobile Phone, Website)“.
      Checkbox for Additional Contant Information selected
    2. Under Directory Status, check the box next to “List my information in the User Directory“.
      Checkbox for List my information in the User Directory is selected
    3. Click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page.
      Submit botton at the bottom of the page
      Note: Blackboard does not populate Home Phone, Mobile Phone from the SIS, so the only attribute that should appear is Pronouns.
  4. Test by searching for yourself in the User Directory.