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On-Campus Blackboard Course Setup

Fall 2020 On-Campus Blackboard Course Setup

Blackboard course management webpage

Fall 2020 Course Setup: Blackboard course shells have been created for all face-to-face courses, with the exception of dissertation and thesis courses. Faculty are required to copy content or add a blank template to begin building their blackboard shells. 

Visit the Course Setup page at to setup your course(s) in the On-Campus Blackboard for more details.

Learn more about the course management site (job aid). 

Class Merge: For instructors teaching multiple sections: Select "Class Merge" to combine multiple sections into one Master Course; this step is optional (job aid, PDF).

Add Template/Content (required)
In faculty course management site, select the option to add content to your course (job aid, PDF).

  • Copy content from a current or previous semester
  • New Course Template* (developing from scratch; example below)


Course Menu 5Course Content: Each semester you must copy content from one of your current or previous courses or request a new course template. 

*A New course template provides consistency for the student experience with a standardized course menu.

Content will populate within 3 hours to 2 business days. Course content from Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS, formerly OCE) may incur additional processing time.

Merging courses allows instructors to manage one master section; students registered in all child sections will see the same content.
Merged courses warning: If by merging, students become enrolled in more than one course within a merged set, such as 101 with 201, the SiS grade center import function may fail. Grades for students with overlapping enrollments may not sync from Blackboard to SiS.

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