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Setting course availability

From: Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

Video: Setting course availability

Many institutions, and many instructors, for that matter, choose to hide Blackboard courses from the students until the instructor is ready to make that course available. This in effect gives instructors time to prep the course in private. Some institutions also choose to hide courses from students after the end of an academic term, or year. Courses that are not available to the students have the word Unavailable in parentheses to the right of the name of the course. Unavailable does not mean that you cannot access the course, it only means that your students cannot access the course.

Setting course availability

Many institutions, and many instructors, for that matter, choose to hide Blackboard courses from the students until the instructor is ready to make that course available. This in effect gives instructors time to prep the course in private. Some institutions also choose to hide courses from students after the end of an academic term, or year. Courses that are not available to the students have the word Unavailable in parentheses to the right of the name of the course. Unavailable does not mean that you cannot access the course, it only means that your students cannot access the course.

And depending on your institution's Blackboard configuration, an unavailable course doesn't even appear on the students' My Courses list. Remember, unavailable doesn't mean that the course doesn't exist. My Instructional Design course is there. I can access the Instructional Design course by clicking on it. It's just not available to the students yet, until I turn it on. To make an unavailable course available to the students, click the name of the course, under My Courses, and then scroll down.

In Course Management, under Customization, choose Properties. There are several properties that are available here. Some institutions allow you to change the name and description of your course; others do not. Some institutions allow you to reclassify your course; others do not. In this case, we're concerned with the Set Availability. Right now, this course is not available to users, but if I choose yes, I want to make the course available to the users, and then I either scroll up or down, and click on Submit, I've now made my course available to the students.

If I click on My Institution, I can now see that the course is available to students. So remember, many institutions and many instructors hide their courses until they're ready for the students. You can tell if your course is not available to the students but still it's available to you if you log in to the Blackboard and to the right of the name of the course, you see the word Unavailable. The word Unavailable means that the course is not available to students but is available to you.

To make an unavailable course available to students, click the name of the course, scroll down under the Course Management, in the Properties, third option, choose Yes.

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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 15s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.X versions and campus customizations
      1m 52s
  2. 28m 38s
    1. The new graphical user interface
      5m 53s
    2. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 20s
    3. Using course themes
      2m 15s
    4. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      6m 56s
    5. Using new and improved assessments
      7m 24s
    6. Looking at temporary obstacles and workarounds
      2m 36s
    7. Finding more Blackboard information
      1m 14s
  3. 26m 27s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 40s
    3. Creating announcements
      4m 15s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 57s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 50s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      3m 17s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 19s
  4. 14m 9s
    1. Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs
      5m 51s
    2. Working with modules
      3m 25s
    3. Personalizing the My Institution page
      1m 40s
    4. Editing the My Courses module
      3m 13s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      5m 13s
    2. Toggling the Edit Mode
      1m 26s
    3. Hiding and unhiding the Course Menu
      1m 9s
    4. Touring the Control Panel
      4m 50s
  6. 23m 53s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 58s
    2. Adding new menu items
      6m 4s
    3. Managing tools
      3m 40s
    4. Customizing a course
      9m 11s
  7. 16m 17s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 55s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      7m 31s
    3. Why not to unenroll
      3m 51s
  8. 53m 34s
    1. Organizing content into folders
      5m 24s
    2. Uploading files
      11m 49s
    3. Using the Text Editor
      6m 19s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      9m 56s
    5. Linking to an external web resource
      4m 25s
    6. Linking to an internal course file
      6m 3s
    7. Making content available to students
      2m 2s
    8. Using the Content Collection
      3m 35s
    9. Copying and moving content
      4m 1s
  9. 24m 24s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      4m 1s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      1m 36s
    3. Changing the default letter grading schema
      4m 24s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 37s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 19s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 27s
  10. 56m 19s
    1. Creating text columns
      3m 1s
    2. Managing columns
      4m 52s
    3. Creating grading periods
      5m 34s
    4. Creating categories
      5m 42s
    5. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      9m 3s
    6. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      6m 4s
    7. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      7m 51s
    8. Uploading student grades
      4m 29s
    9. Changing grades
      3m 37s
    10. Changing a final grade
      6m 6s
  11. 16m 26s
    1. Creating assignments
      6m 22s
    2. Downloading assignments
      5m 16s
    3. Grading assignments
      4m 48s
  12. 37m 51s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      4m 21s
    2. Creating an empty test and choosing the Question Settings
      5m 29s
    3. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 57s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      2m 48s
    5. Creating essay or short answer questions
      4m 5s
    6. Creating fill-in-the-blanks questions
      3m 39s
    7. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      5m 51s
    8. Reusing questions
      3m 41s
  13. 30m 28s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      13m 13s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      8m 16s
    3. Viewing the student results
      6m 40s
    4. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      2m 19s
  14. 16m 43s
    1. Sending emails
      6m 20s
    2. Creating announcements
      7m 14s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      3m 9s
  15. 33m 15s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      13m 1s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      9m 32s
    3. Moderating forums
      3m 36s
    4. Rating posts
      2m 47s
    5. Grading discussions
      4m 19s
  16. 9m 2s
    1. Creating groups
      7m 57s
    2. Adding members to groups
      1m 5s
  17. 4m 32s
    1. Next steps
      4m 32s

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