Skip to main content

Online Course Instruction

Training Opportunities


Preparing Your Online Course Shell

To learn about copying content into your Blackboard course shell, see Performing a Course Copy.

If this is your first time teaching this course, or you’ve received revised content, our Using Ready-to -Teach Course Content video (6:54) will explain what Ready-To-Teach (RTT) content is, and explain how to find materials for use in your course.

If you will be teaching a combined/merged course, see Combining Course Shells.


Course Delivery Preparation Steps

Once content has been successfully copied into your Blackboard course shell, use the below checklist as a guide to assist with preparing your online course.

  • Manage the Course Menu (review for duplicate or obsolete menu items)
  • Remove Old Discussion Board Posts by former students that carried over with the course copy performed
  • Re-configure Availability and Due Dates with the Date Management Tool
    • Check for “hard” dates (e.g. April 23rd) that need updating
    • Check for Time Released/Adaptive Released Materials to update
    • If hosting virtual meetings, update meeting days and times
  • Run the Link Checker tool to Identify Broken Links
  • Remove Duplicate Grade Center Columns
  • Prepare Exams
    • Set up needed exam security measures (LDB, RM, proctored, etc.)
    • Set exam availability dates
    • Enter proctor passcodes if using proctored exams


Course Personalization


Make Course Available


Wrapping Up Your Online Course