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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Blackboard Login Instructions

The College of Southern Maryland is committed to implementing the Quality Matters (QM) standards for the design of online and hybrid courses. CSM is systematically developing and evaluating courses based on rigorous, research-based standards. The QM standards ensure that online courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners.

Blackboard Login Instructions

General Login Information

If this is the first time you've taken an online course, please visit the college's Online Learning Web Site.  You will find specific information on online learning, including "Tips for Success," online orientations, student online resources and other information that can help you succeed in online learning.

Are you prepared to take online courses at CSM? SmarterMeasure is a survey that helps you determine your level of readiness for online learning. You will be asked questions on topics, such as "how well you can use a computer," "how motivated, organized, and self-directed you are," and "how you prefer to learn new information." You will also be able to measure your on-screen reading speed and comprehension. We encourage you to take a few minutes and complete the SmarterMeasure survey.

 Logging Into Your Online Course

Username Help

Your Username should be your first and middle initial and your last name. For example John C. Smith would be jcsmith. You can use your Student ID number to look up your Username in Online Services.

If you try this and it does not work, please contact the HELP DESK at 301-934-7740.

Password Help

If you have never logged in to my.CSMD before, your Password will be Csm followed by your 7-digit Student ID number. Once you have successfully logged into your account with Csm followed by your Student ID number, you can change your password to something easier to remember. You will be prompted to change your password and set up the security questions to assist you in case you forget your password in the future.

If this is your first time logging in to my.CSMD, your password will be:

  • XXXXXXX will be your 7-digit student ID number
  • For example: Csm1234567

If you have forgotten your password, go to Reset Password  on the Username Help page ( and enter your Username under "Forgotten Password".

  • Once you have set up your information it will log you out. You will need to log in again with the information you have just set up.
    • To access your online classes, look toward the center of the page under myOnline Classes. There you will see a link under myOnline Classes titled, "Login for Blackboard Courses." Click that link to display a list of your courses.
  • After logging in to Blackboard, your course(s) will appear in the Course List. You will have access to your courses on the start date of the course section. Click on the course name to access the course.
  • Once you click on the course, the Course Content Home page will appear. The Course Content Home page is the home page for a course/course section. This is the location where you will have access to the course content and be able to communicate with your instructor and other students in your class. Please see Tutorials and Student Demos on how to use the tools and features in Blackboard.