UFS Blackboard: University of the Free State eLearning Portal


UFS blackboard is the official online learning portal for the University of the Free State students.

It is part of student self-service which allows you access to your academic records, exam results time tables, and more.

If you’re wondering what blackboard means, here’s a brief definition below.

Blackboard Learn is a virtual learning environment and course management system developed by Blackboard Inc. It is an online learning management system, where you will find study material and assessments on your registered modules.

It is Web-based server software which features course management, customizable open architecture, and scalable design that allows integration with student information systems and authentication protocols.

The UFS Blackboard learning management system allows faculty to add resources for students to access online.

PowerPoint, Captivate, video, audio, animation, and other applications are created outside of Blackboard and added into Blackboard courses for students to enhance teaching and learning efforts.

The UFS Online Management System is similar to other universities Learning Management Systems such as the NWU eFundi, UG Sakai univen blackboard, and others which we will cover soon.

How to access UFS Blackboard

To access the UFS Blackboard system, click on the following link: ufs.blackboard.com. Or go to the UFS self service website and click on the blackboard link to log in.

To log in, use your campus username and password.

Note that this is the same login credentials used by staff to browse the internet, intranet, and log into their email address, and used by students to browse the internet and log into their UFS4life email address.

You will only find newly registered modules on the platform after 24 hours. Not all lecturers make use of Blackboard for additional study guides. Talk to the relevant lecturer or look in your study guide if you want to know if a specific module is available on Blackboard.

If the modules you registered for are not on UFS Blackboard, notify the Blackboard Helpdesk at the Central Computer Laboratory (next to the Sasol Library). Or contact the helpdesk at +27 051 401 9452 for assistance with uploading your modules onto Blackboard, or for other Blackboard-related queries.

Blackboard learn UFS help desk

If you experience any problems with UFS Blackboard, don’t hesitate to contact for help via:

Tel: +27 51 401 9452

Email: [email protected]

You can also comment below any question you have in mind about the portal.

How to reset password

If you’re a staff or student and cannot access blackboard learn UFS due to a forgotten password, click on the “Reset Password” link and click on the “Forgotten Password” link on the password reset page.

In order to reset your password, the University of the Free State (UFS) will send an SMS message to the mobile number, or an email to your personal email address, available for your account on the UFS system.

This system will provide you with a security code required to reset your password. Just enter your username and hit the “Search” button.

By clicking the Search button, you give UFS the permission to send the SMS to your mobile number or the email to your personal email address.

You can also easily change your password online at UFS student portal using their Challenge-Response answers.

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