Prepare your Blackboard course for the next academic year
This is a quick guide to finding, requesting and preparing your courses for the next academic year, including how to roll-over content from a previous year’s course.
Types of Blackboard course
Some setup and request processes are changing for 21/22 courses:
Banner (module) courses
21-22 blank module courses are set up in Blackboard for each module CRN (5 digit, course reference number) recorded in the Banner student information system. Users are automatically enrolled in the Blackboard course via their enrolment in Banner.
Merged Banner module courses
If you are teaching closely related Banner modules, you can request to have the Banner module enrolments merged into a single “parent” Blackboard course. New for 21/22 – merging is now in Blackboard and will look different for students. More information and Request a merged course.
Programme Course (New for 21/22)
You can request a Blackboard Programme Course to hold programme level information and communication. Students can be auto-enrolled and the course will appear under a separate heading on the Blackboard Home page. More information and Request a Programme course.
An “arbitrary” course is set up independently in Blackboard and does not have an equivalent module code in Banner. Such courses are used to cover sub-modules, special events, projects, and so on. New request form: Request a new Arbitrary course or rollover an Arbitrary course for 21/22.
Sandbox course (new for 21/22)
A sandbox is your personal Blackboard course used for training and testing. Request a personal Sandbox course.
Finding your new courses
Courses for the next academic year will now appear on the Blackboard Home Page
If you cannot see a Banner course
If you don’t see a Blackboard course for a module (CRN) you need access to, it is likely that you are not yet enrolled on the course in Banner. See the guide to Banner course enrolments below.
If you cannot see an Arbitrary course
If you do not see an Arbitrary course on the Blackboard Home Page, check your full Courses list. If the Arbitary course does not have the academic year (21-22) in the course ID, it will not automatically appear on the Home Page.
If you need to be added to an existing Arbitrary course, please contact your faculty office, or an instructor on the course, who will be able to enrol you.
Check staff and student enrolments
Who is enrolled on my course?
See this guide on how to view course users Reviewing who is on your Blackboard course
Banner course enrolments.
- New staff and student enrolments will come through to Blackboard as they are enrolled on the module in Banner.
- Contact the student office if you have queries about student Banner module enrolments.
- For queries about staff access to a Banner course, contact your CQA office. Staff access can also be requested by filling in this form: Please complete the Request Staff Access to Modules in Student Systems form.
- Any updates in Banner will appear in the corresponding Blackboard course within 24 hours of the Banner update.
- If you do not see any students on your Blackboard course but have been enrolled in Banner, it could be that the student enrolments have been merged into another Blackboard course. See this guide for more information on merged enrolments.
- You can manually add staff to a Banner modules course but if they are teaching the course, we would recommend enrolments are done via Banner.
Manually adding users to your course
Users are manually added to Arbitrary courses. If you have a Banner course then enrolments should generally be handled via Banner. Please contact your faculty office for advice.
- To add users to a course individually see this guide: How to add a user to your Blackboard course manually
- If you are enrolling large groups of students you can use Batch enrol for large groups: How to batch enrol students onto your Blackboard course
Copy (rollover) content from a previous year’s course.
Courses created for the new academic year will contain no content. If you wish to copy your course material over from an earlier course, follow these rollover instructions.
Make your course available to students.
When courses are created, they are set to be unavailable to students. Instructors can make the course available when content is ready or teaching is about to start.
Follow this guide to make your course available to students
If you would like your old course to still be available to your old students for revision purposes then leave it set to available. If you wish to close access to the course make it unavailable.
Further guides to the layout and content of your course
Find out how to edit the course menu and add links to integrated services such as Past Papers and Talis Reading lists.
You may want to read through the University’s Blackboard Baseline which is available on the CHEP SharePoint site. The Blackboard Baseline provides recommended minimum standards for course site structure and organisation within Blackboard. The baseline is aligned to the Common Framework for Online Education, is based on student and staff feedback and sets out what a student at the University of Southampton can expect to find in Blackboard to support their studies.”
For inspiration and examples of good practice
Blackboard Ally (New 21/22)
We are pleased to announce a new digital accessibility support tool arriving this summer, Blackboard Ally. This tool works in the background to help lecturers deliver more accessible learning content. For more information, including an introductory webinar, visit the Blackboard Ally eLearn page.
The Blackboard course An Introduction to Digital Accessibility is designed give you an introduction to digital accessibility: what it is, why it is so important and how you can play your part in creating a learning environment where nobody is excluded.