Blackboard course shells are not created automatically They must be requested each semester. Request your course shell as soon as you are listed as the instructor of record for a course in Banner by utilizing the appropriate form available on the Blackboard support home page.
For more information see Request a Course
Check the workshop schedule and then register to attend one or more Blackboard training sessions. Although many of the tools and functionality in Blackboard 9.1 should feel familiar to current Blackboard 8 users, the Bb 9.1 interface is very different. Users should familiarize themselves with the new system by attending a training session and consulting the Steps for Successfully Navigating Through the Bb 9.1 Upgrade web site.
Logging into Blackboard
You can use Blackboard from any computer that is connected to the Internet provided you have requested a course shell and received confirmation that it is ready for use, or you are enrolled in some capacity in a Blackboard course owned by someone else.
Blackboard's Content Collection
Blackboard’s Content Collection offers a central repository for all of your instructional materials. Blackboard assigns a unique ID number to each file and folder that is uploaded so spaces, dashes and former illegal characters do not pose a problem in file or folder names. Since Blackboard assigns a unique ID number to each file and does not use the file path (user/jdoe/MBA500/syllabus.doc) files can be moved without the fear of breaking the link.
Note that the Content Collection in Blackboard 9.1 introduces a new "Course Content" area. All course related materials should be uploaded to the "Course Content" folder for the specific course in which that content will be displayed. Course related materials in Blackboard 9.1 should not be placed in the My Content: your e-ID folder, the location formerly used in Blackboard 8.
Learn about the Content Collection in Blackboard 9.1.
If a new course has been copied from an existing Summer 2012 Sandbox course in Blackboard Pilot, review and update any course options, out-of-date materials, or time-sensitive settings imported into the new course shell. If a new blank course shell has been created, you will need to develop the structure of your course, determining the appropriate layout and tools to be used. The default Blackboard 9.1 course shell is different. See the Orienting Yourself Within Bb 9.1 and the Course Customization web sites for more information on the new Bb 9.1 default navigation and options for customizing the look and feel of your course. You may also request an appointment with the ITS Design Team for a one-on-one consultation. Let us help you with ideas for your course.
Courses are made unavailable by default at the time of their creation to allow you to add content prior to releasing the course to your students. The word "unavailable" is listed next to the course name. You as the instructor will always have access to your course, but your students will only have access once you have made the course shell available to them.
Make the course available to the students in Blackboard 9.1 by: