Blackboard (Faculty): Start-of-Semester Activities

ITS suggests completing the following activities in your Blackboard courses at the start of each semester.

  1. Check that Your Course is in Blackboard.

    • Blackboard course shells are automatically created for every course listed in CougarNet/Banner and appear in Blackboard three months prior to the start of the upcoming semester (ex: October for SP18 courses). ITS will notify the campus when course shells are ready. Classes added to CougarNet/Banner later will have a corresponding course shell in Blackboard by the following day. 

    • You must be listed as the "Instructor of Record" in CougarNet/Banner in order to see the course in Blackboard. This ITS Knowledge Base article explains how to determine the Instructor of Record in CougarNet/Banner and what to do if the teaching faculty is not listed there.

    • If you are teaching multiple sections of the same course and want them to be in one Blackboard shell, please request that your sections be merged prior to starting work in your Blackboard courses 

  2. Build Your Course.

    • If you have never taught the class before and need to build it from scratch, feel free to contact an ITS Instructional Designer for assistance (618-650-5500). 
      • Quick tip: Use YuJa for storing and linking your videos. Be sure to store large media files, such as voiceover PowerPoints, in an external location such as OneDrive. Uploading large media files directly into your course can cause latent technical issues with playback and content exporting. ITS can assist you with storing and linking large media files. 

    • If you have taught the class previously, you might start by exporting a copy of the course from a previous shell and importing it into your new course shell. Please see these instructions for exporting/importing a previous course in Blackboard and contact ITS with any questions. When copying a course from a previous semester, be sure to:
  1. Activate your Student Preview. This will allow you to see the course as your students see it, test Adaptive Release rules, and verify Grade Center settings.

  2. Make Your Course Available All Blackboard courses are set to be "unavailable" at the time of creation. Once your course is developed and is ready for students to view, you must make it available in order for students to see it.

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Created:2017-05-10 10:38 CDTUpdated:2022-05-10 11:18 CDT
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