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Blackboard On-Campus: Information For Faculty

Reminder: Summer courses run through the Division of Online & Continuing Education (OCE).


To create your course complete the following steps at the bottom of your schedule in SIS, use the Job Aids if you need assistance.

  1. (Required) Select Add a Class to create an empty course shell.  Job Aid (pdf)
    • If merging sections, proceed to step 2, otherwise, proceed to step 3.
  2. (Optional) 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.
  3. (Required) Select AddTemplate/Content in SIS to populate your Blackboard shell. (login required) Job Aid (pdf)
    • *A new course template provides a menu to build new course content or you can copy content from one of your current or previous courses.

Most courses will appear in On-Campus Blackboard within 24 hours. Courses that require materials to be transferred from the Online and Continuing Education (OCE) Blackboard system may incur additional processing time; please allow up to 2 business days for completion of OCE transfer requests.

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

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.

On-Campus Blackboard Workshops

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

Individual consultations can also be scheduled from the Technology Consultations Page.


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).


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.

The Atomic Learning self-paced video tutorial repository has 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.


Get Password Help or contact the IT Service Desk.

On-Campus Blackboard courses open to students on the first day of term.

Courses managed by the Division of Online and Continuing Education are hosted on the Online and Continuing Education (OCE) Blackboard.

Academic Technology Team

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