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Blackboard Setup Information and Instructions

Blackboard Setup and Request Forms

*All course sites are automatically generated 75 days before the course start date.  Student users are automatically populated 7 days before the course start date.* 

Use the directions and forms below to help guide you through getting content into your course(s):

Blackboard Course Setup:

  1. Login - Instructors can access Blackboard through their MyVU login. Click here for instructions
  2. Copying Content - 75 days prior to the course start date, the empty shell will appear in your course list on Blackboard.  Use the following directions to copy content from your template site or a previous Blackboard course into your new empty Blackboard shell site. 
  3. Template - It is recommended that instructors request a template site for their course(s) so they will have the ability to update anytime and then use as source to copy content as explained in the directions below.


Additional Course  Information

  • Merging - Please DO NOT request course merges until your new empty shells appear on your Blackboard Course List. Use this form to merge and manage multiple sections (children) of the same course into one combined (parent) site.  For example, if you teach 2 sections of MATH102, sections 023 and 024 and would like these combined into one site, you would complete the form below.  This would alert us to merge your separate section sites into one combined site for you to manage. 
    Merge requests must be completed before any student work is submitted.
  • Site Availability - Upon creation, your new empty shell site will be unavailable to students.  Once you have created/copied content into your site and it is ready to open, you will need to make it available for students to access.  Use the directions below to change the availability of your Blackboard site:
  • Add Additional Users to Bb Site - Only registered users will be automatically loaded into your course site.  If you need to allow additional  users access to your course site, use the form below:


Additional Blackboard Request Forms (for Testing and/or other Non-Registered Users):


***The CTL recommends using either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as your Internet browser when using Blackboard***