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Blackboard On-Campus: Information For Faculty


The link above will bring you to a page with webinars over the next few days that will help you become familiar with Blackboard and/or Zoom.
ON-CAMPUS BLACKBOARD COURSE SETUP - not necessary SP20 during Contingency Plan

There are two instances of Blackboard at UMass Lowell. One is hosted by the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS, formerly OCE) for non-traditional and fully online courses. On-Campus Blackboard is hosted by Academic Technology in IT.

Each semester instructors use the Faculty Self-Service feature in SIS to create their On-Campus Blackboard course(s). To create your course, use the Course Setup Steps linked below.

COURSE SETUP STEPS (not necessary during SP20 during contingency plan)

BLACKBOARD ACCESS FORMS (TAs, Graders, & Secondary Instructors) TAs have the same level of access as Instructors. Graders only have access to the Grade Center. They are added to the course in SIS by the Registrar. On-Campus Blackboard enrollments are fed from SIS every hour on the half hour.

MY COURSES MANAGEMENT (pdf) - Every semester your list of courses on the My Courses module gets larger; this job aid shows how you can hide non-essential courses from your list.

ATTENDANCE APP There are several ways to electronically capture attendance in your class. This page has a description of the Attendance App created by Web Services and the attendance tool within Blackboard.

LOGIN PROBLEMS Set your password retrieval security questions at the UMass Lowell Mypassword website to reset your password anytime including after hours. If you ever forget the answers to your security questions, you will have to contact the IT Service Desk during normal business hours.


GRADE CENTER VIDEOS Hoonuit by Atomic Learning is a repository where there is a list of helpful Blackboard Grade Center How-to videos.

GRADE CENTER SYNC WITH SIS Faculty can pull Blackboard final letter grades into SIS.


CONSULTS Meet 1:1 with our Instructional Technologists and Designers.

WORKSHOPS Held in June, August and January.

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS Common login problems and other technical issues can be solved by providing your students with this link.

GETTING STARTED VIDEOS Video repository selected and organized from other institutions and some developed by Academic Technology indicated by (UMass Lowell).

ACCESSIBILITY ALLY is an integrated tool in Blackboard that you can use to assess the accessibility of your documents. More information on the Blackboard Help site.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT Email: or call 978-934-HELP (4357).


  • Donna Mellen Associate Director of Academic Technology
  • Mac Wishart Senior Instructional Technologist
  • Melanie Maxham Instructional Designer