Blackboard/JayDocs (Learning Management)

Blackboard and JayDocs are the learning management systems used at KUMC for online courses. These systems are where students access course materials, complete assignments, participate in discussions, take assessments, and access grades for courses. 

Blackboard is the learning management system that most students will use to access their online courses at KUMC. Four-year medical students will utilize JayDocs as their learning managment system. More information on JayDocs can be found at JayDocs Tutorials and Guides. You can learn more about the technologies used in Medical Education by visiting School of Medicine Education Technologies.

When taking an online course it is expected that you will log into Blackboard daily to check for course updates. Since many instructors post announcements within their Blackboard courses, it is important that you check your courses frequently.

How to Access Blackboard

Blackboard may be accessed:

1. Via the direct link,

2. Via the KUMC website, using the "Blackboard" link under "Quick Find"

Screenshot of Blackboard link under Quick Find menu

3. Via the "Blackboard" link in myKUMC

Screenshot of Blackboard link in myKUMC

Navigating Blackboard

If you have used Blackboard at a previous University, you should find navigating KUMC's instance of Blackboard to be very similar. If you are not familiar with the system, you can view the video below to get a general overview of how to navigate the system:

Things to Note

  • Accessing KU Courses: If you are taking courses at KU, you must log in at to access your KU courses. KUMC's instance of Blackboard is only used for KUMC courses.

  • Browser Compatibility: Firefox is our recommended browser for accessing Blackboard, but there are other browsers that are compatible with the system. You can view the full list of supported browsers on the Blackboard Help website.

  • Internet Connection: When submitting assignments or taking assessments it is vital to have a strong internet connection. Public wi-fi or hotspots may not guarantee a strong connection.
  • Blackboard Mobile Learn: Blackboard offers a mobile app that will allow you to access course materials, participate in discussions, complete blog/journal entries, view announcements, and access your grades from your mobile device. The app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play for download. Once you download the app you will have to make an in-app purchase of $1.99 to use the app, which will allow you to have lifetime access. 

  • Blackboard Student Help: There are Blackboard Help resources located in our Blackboard system that will provide you with additional instructions and video tutorials on how to use Blackboard. You can access these resources by clicking on the "Help" link in your course's navigation menu.

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Last modified: Mar 20, 2015