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.

  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: Be sure to store large media files, such as voiceover PowerPoints, in an external location such as OneDrive. Use TechSmith Relay for storing and linking your videos. 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:
      • Delete duplicate course navigational items.  Note that your copied navigational items will generally appear beneath the default course navigational items that were in the course at the time it was created.

      • Review the imported Grade Center, deleting any duplicate columns, removing columns for assessments that will no longer be used, creating columns for new assessments, and reviewing the Total and/or Weighted Total columns to be sure they are accurate for the new course.

      • Edit all imported Discussion Boards in order to 1) associate your name (rather than Anonymous) as the creator of any instructor created discussion thread prompts, and 2) to delete Anonymous threads imported from discussion boards where students could create their own threads.

      • Review and update other content and settings, such as:
      • TechSmith Relay Videos - if you have linked videos through Relay, you will have to re-link the videos and/or folders. First, if you have not already, download and rest the Analytics and Quiz Results.  Next, navigate to the folder(s) containing your videos. Begin at Step 8 with these instructions.
  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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Owner:Emily K.Group:Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created:2017-05-10 10:38 CDTUpdated:2020-01-03 09:36 CDT
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