Create/Activate your Blackboard Courses (Instructors)
If you use Blackboard for your classes, new Blackboard course shells must be created/activated for each course for each semester.
NDSU faculty can create/activate Blackboard courses easily and instantly by using the Bb Manager Utility. Anyone who is listed in Campus Connection as the official instructor of record for a course can log into https://apps.ndsu.edu/bb-manager/leader/coursewizard/start. You can create/activate, copy past content and merge multiple sections of a course using this handy tool!
When you request your courses through this utility, they are processed almost instantly - no waiting for a Blackboard team member to get to your request! Shortly after the courses are created, students are automatically enrolled into them; however, the Blackboard system DOES NOT delete dropped students automatically.
Due to changes in Blackboard and the desire to eventually allow upload of grades from Blackboard to Campus Connection, NDSU has switched to the Master/Child functionality for merged Blackboard courses.
With the Master/Child setup, the Master course contains the students for all the different sections in one course. All content, announcements, assignments and grading occur in the Master course. Instructors and students do not use the Child courses for anything. Students only see the Master course. To avoid confusion, instructors are encouraged to hide the Child courses in their own Blackboard Course List.
For more complete instructions on how to use Master/Child courses, visit the Master/Child (Combined) Courses page.