Blackboard and Start of Year 2017/18

When will students see my Bb course?

All first semester and full-year Bb courses are visible to students from Monday 11 September 2017.

How do I access Blackboard to see my Bb courses?

You can access Blackboard via My Manchester for staff. Click on the link to Blackboard in the Teaching category of links (you may need to click on ‘View all’).

When can I activate my Bb courses?

Your courses should be available for activation now.

During activation you can select options for when courses become available to students at the beginning of the year and when students lose access at the end of the year.  Two options are usually available in the ‘End of availability to students option’, i.e. ‘After summer resit period (10 Sep 2017) (recommended)’ and ‘Course end date as recorded in CS’.

We advise selecting the recommended option of ‘After the summer resit period’  unless your course dates are significantly different from the standard dates.

When will my Bb course be available for me to update?

You will be able to see your Bb course in the Course List on your Blackboard home page within 24-48 hours of it being activated.

Who can activate my Bb course?

The course academic lead is responsible for making sure Bb courses are activated. However, some schools/programmes have local arrangements for activation. Bb courses may be activated by the course academic lead or anyone listed as primary instructor in Campus Solutions. Members of the eLearning Team are not authorised to activate any course units.

I’m a course academic lead, how do I activate my course?

See the Knowledge Base article, How to activate Blackboard courses (STAFF), which includes details about rolling forward your 2016/17 course content to the 2017/18 Bb course. You can activate your Bb course as soon as you want, but it needs to have been set up in Campus Solutions first. Check with your school/programme administrator if you can’t see the Bb course listed in the portlet.

Where can I find the link to activate the Bb course?

You will find the link via MyManchester for staff:

  • 2.    Click on the A-Z link (top right hand corner)
    3.    Click on ‘M’ in the A-Z index
    4.    Scroll down and click on the ‘My courses (Blackboard)’ link
    5.    Click on the ‘Future’ tab to see your 2016/2017 courses
    6.    Click on the red ‘A’ icon to begin the activation process

Ensuring your Bb course has appropriate content for the start of year

Please review the article on Preparing Blackboard 9 courses for start of year and semester 2 (STAFF),  which includes the process required in order for Bb courses to be made available to students in Blackboard.

Other articles which may be of interest are:

Some of the links above are to the University’s Knowledge Base, which requires you to login with your University username and password.

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