Start of Semester 2 – Blackboard course activations 2016/17

Is your Blackboard course ready fBlackboard LOGOor Start of Semester 2?

All 2nd Semester Bb courses are visible to students on Monday 23 January 2017.

How do I access Blackboard to see my 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 will students see my course?

Bb courses became visible to students on Monday 23 January 2017 (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 Blackboard 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 link includes details about rolling forward your 2015/16 course content to the 2016/17 Blackboard 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 course listed in the portlet.

You can find the link to activate the Blackboard course via 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 2016/2017 Semester 2 courses

Ensuring your course content is ready for the start of Semester 2

Please review the article on Preparing Blackboard 9 courses for start of year and semester 2, and Key dates for Blackboard 9. Other articles which may be of interest are:

Blackboard 9 maintenance periods for 2016/17

The following dates have been scheduled provisionally for Blackboard maintenance and downtime.  Blackboard will be unavailable from 17:00 on Thursday 13th July until 09:00 on Sunday 16th July 2017. Minor upgrades and maintenance, with little or no scheduled downtime, will take place between Friday 7th April and Monday 10th April 2017.  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

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