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Blackboard and Start of Year, 2019/20

This page is about the annual process of accessing and preparing your Blackboard course space (Bb course) for the new academic year.

For this year only, the Faculty of Science and Engineering will be following a different procedure because of the change in structure from nine Schools to two.  Course academic leads in FSE do not need to activate their courses – it will be done for them. For more information, visit the FSE eLearning website.

When will students see my Bb course?

All activated Bb Semester 1 and full year courses are visible to students from Monday 9th September 2019.

How do I access Blackboard to see my Bb courses?

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’). 

When will my Bb course be available for me to update?

You will be able to see your Bb course in the Course List on the Blackboard home page within 24-48 hours of it being activated.  

Who can activate my Bb course?

The course academic lead is responsible for making sure Bb courses are activated. However, some schools/programmes have local arrangements for activation. Bb courses may be activated by the course academic lead or anyone listed as primary instructor in Campus Solutions. 

I’m a course academic lead, how do I activate my course?

See the Knowledge Base article, How to activate Blackboard courses (STAFF), which includes details about activating your course using a template or rolling forward your 2018/19 course content to the 2019/20 Bb course.

You can activate your Bb course as soon as you want, but it needs to have been set up in Campus Solutions first. Check with your school/programme administrator if you can’t see the Bb course listed in the portlet. 

Where can I find the link to activate the Bb course?

You will find the link via the new My Manchester for staff:

1.    Log into

2.    Click on the A-Z link (top right hand corner)

3.    Click on ‘M’ in the A-Z index

4.    Scroll down and click on the ‘My courses (Blackboard)’ link

5.    Click on the ‘Future’ tab to see your 2018/2019 courses

6.    Click on the red ‘A’ icon to begin the activation process

 Should you experience any difficulties activating your course, please try again later or contact your eLearning team via the Support Portal.  

Ensuring your Bb course has appropriate content for the start of year

Please review the article on Preparing Blackboard 9 courses for start of year and semester 2 (STAFF),  and Key dates for Blackboard 9, including Blackboard 9 maintenance periods.

Other articles which may be of interest are: