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Is your Blackboard course ready for Start of Semester?

22 Jan 2015

Remember to access and prepare your Blackboard course space (Bb course) for the new academic year

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You can access Blackboard via My Manchester for staff. Click on the link to Blackboard in the Teaching category of links (you may need to click on ‘View all’).

Your Bb course should by now have been activated.  If you still need to activate your course, please see the instructions included in the earlier message.

When do students see my Bb course?

Bb courses became visible to students on Monday, 19 January 2015 (unless you selected a different option when you activated your Bb course).  Please make sure your courses are activated and populated with content.

Ensuring your Bb course content is ready for the start of Semester 2

Please review the article on Preparing Blackboard 9 courses for start of year and semester 2 (STAFF), available on the Knowledge Base. It includes:

  • the process required in order for Bb courses to be made available to students in Blackboard;
  • a link to ‘Key dates for Blackboard 9’;
  • a link to a ‘Post-activation checklist’;links to other related articles.

What if a student can’t see the course in Bb9?

It can take up to 24 hours from when a student enrols on a course until it is available to them in Blackboard. Please direct your students to the support pages on My Manchester ( for further advice and information.

Blackboard 9 maintenance periods for 2014/15

The following dates have been scheduled for Bb9 maintenance and downtime at Easter 2015.  Bb9 will be unavailable from 4pm on Thursday, 26 March until 12.01pm on Monday, 30 March 2015.  We hope that this early notification will enable you to factor in these dates when timetabling assignment submission dates and key course activities.

Further information

If you have any queries, please contact: