Access Instructions for Blackboard Orientation

This page explains the steps necessary for you to log into Blackboard, USM’s Online Course Management System, and start your required Online Orientation Course. You will be notified when you are granted access to this course in your Maine.edu email account, please check that email frequently.

We strongly encourage you to complete the Online Orientation course on a laptop or desktop computer, as you may have difficulty navigating on a smartphone.


1) Navigate to the website: my.usm.maine.edu

We encourage you to “bookmark” or save this link as a “favorite”


2) Enter your UMS username and password.

If you need help with this, contact Technology Support Center, also known as the Help Desk at usm-helpdesk@maine.edu or by calling (207) 780-4029


3) Click "Login"

Click Login

4)  Click on the Blackboard Icon.

Once in your my USM Portal, find and click on the Blackboard Icon. It is found on the left-hand side of the screen, within your “Launchpad”. 


5) Click on Online Orientation @ USM.

Once in Blackboard, find section called “My Courses” and click on the course with the term that you are admitted in, for example, “Online Orientation @USM (Spring 2018)”

Online Orientation Course

6) Watch the Course Navigation Video.

Once in the course, click on the “Course Navigation” image to start watching a short video.

Navigation Video

7) Start the Course!

Click “Start Here” in the menu on the left-hand side and begin!

Start Here