About Your Course

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On this page you will find basic course setup instructions, as well as tips for instructors, teaching assistants and course builders who are new to the Portal. You may wish to get started by setting up content for the first couple of weeks of the course. With time, you can tweak your course organization and add more content as you discover your own course design style.

Recommended Tasks:

  1. View and download your class roster. In the Portal, this information is downloaded into your course directly from ROSI, the student registration system, approximately 2 months before the first class .
  2. Do you have teaching assistants or course builders assigned to your course? If so, this is a good time to add TA/course staff so you get their help and feedback.
  3. Add content. If you have previously taught the same course, you can copy materials into the current course, or you can add course materials from your computer such as syllabus, slides, web links, videos, and other course content.
  4. When you are ready, you can make your course available to students. This is necessary because, by default, students cannot see their courses when they log in to the Portal. Students who have downloaded the Blackboard mobile app will get notified that the course has become available to them.
  5. Welcome students to the course by posting an announcement!Instructor quick start guide

For more information, including tasks you may wish to complete during the semester and after the last class, see Course Tasks in the Instructor Guide.

Accessibility Considerations

While the Portal has been designed with accessibilty in mind, full accessibility is determined by how instructors add their content to the course.  For instance, images must contain alternative text, pages must be structured appropriately, and videos must have closed captioning

line image of an unlocked lock with the text "accessible"You can leverage Portal accessibility features to help deliver a more inclusive, accessible course experience to students by taking into account these accessibility considerations. For more information, see the Accessibility Considerations Guide.



Organize your Course

course makeover guideIf you would like to go beyond the basics, consider customizing the appearance of your course as well as reviewing/revising menu and content organization. Appropriate use of additional features in the Portal can help enhance your course experience and maximize student learning.  For more tips and tricks for organizing your Portal course, see the Organize your Course Guide.