Course Management

Course availability

When a new course is created in Blackboard it is always set up as unavailable i.e. staff can access it, but students cannot.

It is the course team’s responsibility to make the Blackboard course available in a timely fashion: Making a course available


You can also use Qwickly to make your courses available.

Courses from previous years

Please do not make courses unavailable once teaching has ended.

University policy, as agreed by DELT in 2010, is that courses from previous years should remain available.

The underlying principle is that students should be able to see all of the Blackboard courses relevant to their programme of study, until they complete i.e. a final year student should be able to access all of their 1st and 2nd year Blackboard courses. This is to aid revision, and to enable students to access the feedback received earlier in their studies.


Course menu

The Blackboard course menu

The default menu for new modules/programmes, with suggestions for what each section should contain.

Customising a course menu

How to customise the course menu to include essential features & make it easy to navigate for students.

Adding the ‘My Grades’ tool as a menu item to a course

Resetting the colour of your course menu


The Module Evaluation area

Includes how to add the Module Evaluation area to a Shared Course.


Users and Groups

How and when are students enrolled on courses? For an explanation see this interactive model.

RISIS-Blackboard integration


Enrolling other users onto your Course

Course roles in Blackboard

Changing the role of a course member

How to remove yourself and other staff from a Blackboard course

Guest access in a Blackboard course

Creating and managing Groups

Importing Group members from an Excel list


SignUp Lists


Guide: SignUp Lists


Access to Blackboard for non-UoR staff:

A guide to the role of External Examiner on Blackboard

A guide on the non-UoR staff role in Blackboard

These guides describe what users with these roles can and cannot do in a course.


Setting your course entry point & adding a banner

Adding a banner to your course


Student Preview

Using the Student Preview feature

Navigating your Blackboard Course

This video will give tips about navigating your course, for example, what to do if your menu bar disappears!


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