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Blackboard On-Campus: Information For Faculty


My teaching schedule in SiS has three links at the bottom for Blackboard: Add a Class, Class Merge, and Add Template/Content

To create your On-Campus Blackboard course, complete the following steps by using the links at the bottom of your My Schedule page in SiS. Job Aids with screen shots are linked below.


Step 1: (Required) Select Add a Class to create an empty course shell. Job Aid (pdf) 
Step 2: (Optional) for instructors teaching multiple sections: Select Class Merge to combine multiple sections into one Master Course. Job Aid (pdf)
This allows instructors to manage one master section; students registered in all child sections will see the same content. Self-service for merging in SiS ends 24 hours before the term starts. *Merged courses warning: If by merging, students become enrolled in more than one course within a merged set, the SiS grade center import function may fail. Grades for students with overlapping enrollments may not sync from Blackboard to SiS.
Step 3:(Required) Select Add Template/Content in SIS, or use this link to the Blackboard On-Campus Content Request (login required), to add a new course template or previous content into your Blackboard shell. Job Aid (pdf). *If nothing happens you may have encountered a pop up blocker.
* A new course template provides consistency for the student experience with a standardized course menu. Click on Home Page to build new course content. Each semester you must request a new course template or copy content from one of your current or previous courses.

Most content will populate within 24 hours. Courses that require materials to be transferred from the Online and Continuing Education (OCE) Blackboard system may incur additional processing time.


Login Problems

Get Password Help or contact the IT Service Desk.

Students gain access to On-Campus Blackboard courses on the first day of term.

On-Campus Blackboard Resources

Questions about On-Campus Blackboard? Schedule a Technology Consultation to meet 1:1 with our Instructional Technologists and Designers. 

Available workshops about On-Campus Blackboard can be found on the Faculty Workshops page.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), including how to request a TA, GA, or RA to be added to your course. Ask students to start the Grader Access form to add graders to your course. All student employees must have a current HR contract. Additional forms are available at the Office of the Registrar Faculty Forms page.

Hoonuit, by Atomic Learning is a self-paced video tutorial repository with brief helpful videos about how to use Blackboard. Try the Getting Started series or the Grade Center Basics, tailored for UMass Lowell On-Campus Blackboard users.

On-campus Blackboard Grade Center Import 
Faculty now have the option to import final letter grades from your On-Campus Blackboard grade center to your SiS grade roster. Learn more at the On-Campus Blackboard Grade Center synchronization information page

Technical Support for On-campus Blackboard

Contact our support staff for a consult about Blackboard and other Academic Technologies that integrate with the Learning Management System. Email: or call: 978-934-HELP (4357).

Academic Technology Team
Donna MellenAssociate Director of Academic Technology
Mac WishartSenior Instructional Technologist
Melanie MaxhamInstructional Technologist