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 Courses tab and the course list, but they're marked as unavailable. Students can't access unavailable courses regardless of the course duration. Unavailable courses don't appear in the course catalog. To make a course available:
Access the Course Homepage or a Content Area in the course, such as Course Documents or Assignments.
In the top right-hand corner of the course, next to Student Preview, click on the lock icon to make the course available. [View screenshot] When the course is unavailable to students the lock is red and closed. When the course is available the lock is black and open.
To have a Course Banner created for new or existing courses: submit a Banner Request Form to Teaching and eLearning.
Most official courses offered by Baylor College of Medicine will have a Course Shell created from a template for that term in the Blackboard System. Each Course Shell is created and assigned a course ID according to the terms in the Blackboard Use above and follows the operations calendar below:
Created 120 days before the Fall Terms 1 & 2
Created on April 1 unless specified
Created 120 days before Spring Terms 3, 4 & 5
Created on Sept 1 unless specified
Created 60 days before Summers Term
Created on April 1 unless specified
Note:Some course shells for cross-listed courses (courses that are listed under two or more schools) are created by the school/system Blackboard Admin following the request of the program director or course director from the primary school listed in CAMS.
Blackboard courses are created as unavailable to the enrolled students. The instructor must make a Blackboard course available before the students can access materials in the course. For information on making a course available view Course Availability.
If you would like assistance finding a course site in Blackboard contact Ed-Tech at email@example.com.
What does it take to create an engaging, effective course? The Exemplary Course Program, with its peer and expert review processes, can provide valuable insights.
Copying or moving course content from one semester to another is the most convenient way for you to reuse and adapt existing course structures, materials and content. Submit a Course/Organization Copy Form to request a course/org to be copied by Ed-Tech.
Type a user's BCM ECA (Example: u23581 or astarke) [view screenshot] -or- click Browse to search for a user. Only users that are not already enrolled in your course will be listed in the search results. Select or type as many usernames as needed. Separate multiple usernames with commas.
Note: If you are unable to find a user to enroll, submit a New User Form to Ed-Tech.
Select a Role and Enrollment Availability for the user(s).
Located Users: Search results display up to 25 names on a page. Searches that result in more than 25 users will display users on multiple pages. You cannot enroll multiple users who appear on different pages. Instead, select users to enroll from a single page and click Submit. Redo the search to select additional users to enroll.
Availability: You cannot enroll users who have been made Unavailable in the Blackboard course. Contact Ed-Tech at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance enrolling Unavailable users. Users who have been enrolled in your course, but made Unavailable by you, will not see your course in the Courses tab and do not have access to your course.
In order to batch enroll students into Blackboard, their accounts must be created first. Below is the format and information needed by Ed-Tech to get the accounts created and enroll them in the course. Put the information into an Excel file, along with the course id and course name, and submit a Batch Enroll Request Form.
ECA (BCM username)
(B) Course Builder
(S) Student or Residents
(T) TA – for faculty in your department helping with the
program (including department head). This allows them to
view modules before making them available if they wish.
Password: Leave Field Blank
Your Excel file should look like the example below:
Student Preview allows you to experience your course as your students do. As an instructor, you want to be confident that your course is well designed and functions as intended. Use the Student Preview feature to review the course content and validate the course behaviors, such as those that control the availability of course content or require a particular interaction from the student to be triggered. You can also do the following student activities: submit assignments, take tests, create blog and discussion posts, create journal and wiki entries, view student tools such as Groups and Grades.
Click on the Student Preview icon in the upper right corner of the screen within your course. [View screenshot]
You can now experience your course as students experience it.
Announcements can be used to post timely information critical to course success such as assignment due dates, exam schedules, changes to the syllabus or other corrections or clarifications of materials.
The discussion board is an area for posting questions and replies. It can function as an asynchronous conversation. A discussion board can be used for student-driven help sessions, discussion questions and group collaboration. Students who may avoid speaking up in class have been known to open up more in this setting.
Blackboard's Test and Survey options allow instructors to control the availability, presentation, and feedback of their course assessments. Instructors can create test availability exceptions, provide test results and feedback to students and attach due dates to assessments.
Blackboard Assignments allow students to submit their work in the form of an uploaded document. Instructors can allow one or multiple attempts. Once student work is submitted, it can be downloaded from the grade center one-by-one or as a “batch” per assignment. SafeAssign plagiarism checking is an option in the Assignment settings.
The grade center in Blackboard helps instructors to reduce the amount of time spent managing student performance. The grade center can calculate grades, organize student-submitted assignment documents, display the last time each student has accessed the course and store point-and-click rubrics for assignment scoring.