How do I create a Blackboard account for an external (non-UIC) user?

Anyone affiliated with the University of Illinois Chicago and having an activated UIC NetID will automatically have a Blackboard account.

If you need to have an account created for an external user (someone not affiliated with the University) you will need to first request an account be created for the external user and then you will need to add the new user to the course in Blackboard you want them to have access.

  1. To create the external affiliate account follow these instructions: How can I request an account for a service provider or an external affiliate?
  2. To add the user to the Blackboard course follow these steps:

For trouble logging into Blackboard, please visit a consultant at the Technical Helpdesk located in IDEA Commons in the Richard J. Daley Library, or visit

If you are having problems following the process please contact us by sending an email to


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Blackboard is UIC's learning management system for course-related activities and grade reporting.