Setup a Blackboard course unit

You can start to create new content and copy content from previous courses.  Before you start, however, take a look at our planning guides for introducing blended learning.

If you are the academic course leader and your course has not been automatically activated, you can activate it yourself. Follow the guidance at this link: How to activate Blackboard courses .

You should first take a look at the planning guides on this site.  Your next step is setting up your course structure. Then you can begin copying or importing the content from previous courses which you want to reuse into your new structure. You can then move on to creating new materials to fill in the gaps.  Once you have set up your course, copied or imported relevant content, take a look at the post course activation checklist.

Follow the guide at this link on how to ensure your standard course structure is appropriate for your course. How to set up your Blackboard course

Blackboard tests cannot be copied directly into a new course. They must be exported form the original course and then imported into the new course.  This provides an unlinked copy of the test which can then be edited without making changes to the original.  More information on how to export/import Blackboard tests is contained in this document: Copying Blackboard tests from a previous year

All these dates are subject to change but are correct as of 10th July 2020.

Faculty and School variations in the implementation of start dates may mean that your course has been
scheduled to start earlier or later than these dates. Please check with your Teaching & Learning Manager if you
are unsure.

Changes to the course unit lifecycle put in place in 2018 mean that students have access to all units on which they
were enrolled in previous years. In most cases, academic staff have access to the previous 5 years of Blackboard
course units on which they were enrolled.

2020 / 2021 academic year

Blackboard course spaces for Semester 1 and All Year become available to students: 14 September 2020
Semester 1 week 1 (teaching begins for undergraduates): 5 October 2020
Semester 1 week 3(teaching begins for postgraduate taught): 26 October 2020

Semester 2 courses become available to students: 1 February 2021
Semester 2 week 1 (teaching begins): 8 February 2021

The University is moving its Blackboard installation to a different model to minimise scheduled downtime for maintenance and upgrades from September 2020. Therefore there are no planned downtime periods to report for the academic year 2020/21.

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