College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Visual Communication and Design

Haig David-West,
Department Chair and Professor

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

Office: Visual Arts Building
Room: VA213
Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm

Phone: 260-481-6709
Fax: 260-481-6707
Email: warfield@ipfw.edu


Fine Arts | Music | Theatre | VCD

Blackboard (eLearning) is an online learning system designed for ease of use. It is used extensively in thousands of colleges and universities, in more than 70 countries worldwide expanding the boundaries of teaching and learning.  Students can access course material posted by their professor on eLearning for each of their classes.  Those course materials can include:

  • Announcements
  • Assessments
  • Assignments
  • Calendars
  • Email
  • Syllabus
  • Grade Books
  • Student Groups and Discussions

Instructions to access eLearning for students are included below.  If your professor has not yet posted course materials on eLearning you will need to get that information directly from your instructor.

Accessing eLearning

  • Should any security alert boxes appear, click “yes.”
  • On the IPFW eLearning Resource Page, read the text under announcements to be sure that eLearning is operational.
  • Click the link that reads “click to log-in” under “Log Into eLearning” listed next to the announcements on the right hand side.

Before you log in

  • To the right of the log in box, there is a link to run a browser check. eLearning automatically checks your browser; you do not need to run the check, as the website runs it automatically.

Logging In

  • Enter your IPFW username and password.
  • Click “yes” to any security boxes that pop up.

Downloading Documents

  • The Course List in the middle of the screen shows the classes your are enrolled in. Clicking on the course title will take you to a page with the necessary documents for that class. (If an instructor has not uploaded any documents, a pop-up will inform you that “there is no content associated with this course.” If you think there should be, contact your instructor.)
  • Choose the document you need.