Set Up Courses
A course must be made available before students enrolled in the course can view or access the course and its content. However, you may want to make a course unavailable during the building process or after a scheduled course has finished.
If your course is unavailable, access is determined by course role. Blackboard administrators, instructors, course builders, teaching assistants, and graders can see and access unavailable courses from the tab and the course list, but they're marked as unavailable. Students can't access unavailable courses regardless of the course duration.
On your activity stream's Notification Settings panel, you can choose which notifications you receive activity about in all your courses:
Activity stream: Choose which activities appear on your Stream page.
Email: If you want to receive email notifications, add an email address to your profile page. Then, choose how often and which activities you want to receive notifications for.
SMS: If you want to receive SMS text messages on your mobile phone, add a phone number to your profile page. Then, choose how often and which activities you want to receive notifications for.
Push notifications: If you want to receive push notifications, choose how often and which activities you want to receive notifications for. Messages pop up on your mobile device if you have the Blackboard Instructor mobile app installed.
From the global calendar in the list where your name appears, you can see all your upcoming due dates and meetings across your courses—all in one place.
In your calendar, find this event information:
- Office hours: These appointments appear automatically on the calendar when you add them to a course.
- Due dates: When you create content with a due date, it appears automatically in the calendar.
Check your course calendar
When you access the calendar from inside a course, it shows events for that course only. Select the Calendar tab from the course's navigation bar.
The course view of the calendar displays due dates, the course schedule, office hours, and course-specific meetings and events. When you create content with a due date, it appears automatically in the calendar.
All events you create within a specific course roll up into the global calendar. You can switch over to the big picture by accessing your global calendar from the list where your name appears.
You want to be confident that your course is well-designed and functions as you expect—before your students see it. With student preview, you can review the course content from a student's perspective. You can also validate course behaviors. For example, you can review the conditional release of content and how grades appear.
While in student preview, you can do these student activities:
- Submit assignments
- Take tests
- Download and upload files
- Participate in conversations
- Participate in discussions and journals
- Send course messages
- View grades as a student
- Experience group membership
Course roles control access to the content and tools within a course. Each user is assigned a role for each course they participate in. For example, a user with a role of Teaching Assistant in one course can have a role of Student in another course.
Instructor - provides access to all areas of the course including the control panel for posting content, making users available/unavailable, posting grades, and making the course available/unavailable. This role is generally assigned to the person developing, teaching, or facilitating the class and is automatically populated from Campus Connection.
Teaching Assistant - provides access to everything included with the instructor role, except changing a users availability.
Course Builder - has access to most areas of the course. This role is appropriate for an assistant who shouldn't have access to student grades. If the course is unavailable to students, a course builder can still access the course.
Grader - The Grader role has limited access to the course. Graders can assist an instructor in the creation, management, delivery, and grading of assessments and surveys. The grader may also assist an instructor with adding manual entries. If a course is unavailable to students, the course appears in the course list for a user with the role of Grader.
Student - this is the default course user role. A user with the role of Student submits coursework and participates in discussions. Students can't create or grade course items. This role is automatically populated from Campus Connection.
Guest - provides access to areas in the course designated by the instructor, excluding the control panel, and is unable to view student interactions or post to blogs, wikis, or discussion boards.
As an instructor, you and administrator users can upload an image to be the thumbnail in the Courses page at Base Navigation. It can be also the internal Course Banner inside your Ultra courses.
With course banners you:
- Improve the way your Ultra Course View landing pages appear.
- Improve student engagement and experience.
- Bring consistency among what the Base Navigation displays and the actual course.
- Help your students to differentiate between courses, and locate course details.
- Make it easier for you to add a course schedule, and for your students to identify course faculty members and class meeting days, times, and location.\
See the Course Banner help article for more information.
You can enable this functionality to give your students an easy way to keep track of what they have done inside each one of the courses. When enabling progress tracking later than the beginning of the term, participatory items will be retroactively marked as complete. For example, assessments submitted previously by students will be marked as complete. Non-participatory items, like Ultra documents, will still need to be manually marked by students.
You can enable progress tracking at any time during the term.
See the Progress Tracking help article for more information.