Is your Blackboard course ready for Start of Year 2016/17?

You should now be thinking about accessing and preparing your Blackboard course space (Bb course) for the new academic year. Guidance about accessing Blackboard and updating your courses is available on the eLearning website. This page includes information on activating courses for academic leads.

When can students see my Bb course?

Bb courses became visible to students on Monday 12th September 2016 (unless you selected a different option when you activated your Bb course).  Please make sure your courses are activated and populated with content.

How do I access Blackboard to see my Bb course?

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

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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), 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.

What if a student can’t see the course in Bb?

It can take up to 24 hours from when a student enrols on a course until it is available to them in Blackboard.  Please direct your students to the support pages on My Manchester ( for further advice and information.

Further information

Visit the eLearning team at a “Start of Year: activate your Blackboard course” 1-to-1 session. These shortened 30 minute 1-to-1 sessions are available to help you prepare for next year, offering support and advice on activating your Blackboard course, structuring content and making the best impact on teaching and learning. Alternatively, please contact if you have any queries.


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