Is your Blackboard course ready for Start of Semester 2?

All 2nd Semester Bb courses are visible to students on the Monday before Semester 2 week 1. For example if Semester 2 week 1 begins on Monday 29 January, 2nd  Semester Bb courses will be visible from Monday 23 January.

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?

All activated 2nd Semester Bb courses are visible to students on the Monday before Semester 2 week 1, 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 previous course content to the current Blackboard course. You can activate your 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 upcoming Semester 2 courses

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

Please review the articles below:

Blackboard downtime and maintenance periods

We use a normally quiet period towards the end of July to upgrade Blackboard and perform essential maintenance over a couple of days.  During this period, Blackboard will be unavailable to students and to staff.  To get details on when these maintenance periods have been scheduled, please look at the current Knowledge Base article Key Dates for Blackboard 9.


Further information

Please contact if you have any queries.

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