Is your Blackboard course ready for the start of Semester 2?

All Bb courses are visible to students from Monday 25 January 2016.

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’).

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

When do students see my Bb course?

Bb courses become visible to students on Monday 25 January 2016 (unless you selected a different option when you activated your Bb course).  Please make sure your courses are activated and populated with content.

Activating your 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.

If you haven’t yet activated your semester 2 course units, please follow these instructions.

If you are a course academic lead, find out how to activate your course – this information includes details about rolling forward your 2014/15 course content to the 2015/16 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.

You can find the link to activate the Bb course via the new My Manchester for staff:

  • Log into
  • Click on the A-Z link (top right hand corner)
  • Click on ‘A’ in the A-Z index
  • Scroll down and click on the ‘Activate my Blackboard Courses’ link
  • Click on the ‘Future’ tab to see your 2015/2016 Semester 2 courses

Ensuring your Bb course content is ready for Semester 2

Please review the article on Preparing Blackboard 9 courses for start of year and semester 2 (STAFF), available on the Knowledge Base.  It includes:

  • the process required in order for Bb courses to be made available to students in Blackboard;
  • a link to ‘Key dates for Blackboard 9’;
  • a link to a ‘Post-activation checklist’;
  • links to other related articles.

Blackboard 9 maintenance periods for 2015/16

The following dates have been scheduled provisionally for Bb9 maintenance and downtime at Easter 2016.  Bb9 will be unavailable from 16:00 on Thursday 31 March until 12:01 on Monday 4 April 2016.  We hope that this early notification will enable you to factor in these dates when timetabling assignment submission dates and key course activities.

Further information

Please contact if you have any queries.


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