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Master/Child Courses: Merged (combined) Course Sections

  • NDSU utilizes Blackboard's Master/Child functionality to combine multiple course shells into one merged Master course to allow future grade uploads from Blackboard to Campus Connection.
  • Master/Child courses allow instructors to use the same content for multiple sections in one place so there's no need to maintain multiple courses!
  • For courses such as COMM 110 with many instructors and sections, a coordinator can organize and maintain the content that multiple instructors will use in the master course, ensuring continuity and consistency across sections.

Master/Child Instructions for Faculty (printable PDF)

How do I create Master/Child Courses?

You must use Blackboard Manager (Bb Manager) to activate and merge and/or copy courses each semester.

How do Master/Child Courses work?

  • The Master course contains all course content, student enrollments, assignments and tests, and all grading happens only in the Master course.
  • Students see only the Master course.
  • The Child courses keep track of which students are in which sections and feed the rosters to the Master course. Instructors do not use the Child courses for any purpose.
  • All students enrolled in the course see the same content, receive the same assignments and tests and have the same points possible.
  • The Child courses cannot be made available to students. To avoid confusion, instructors can hide the Child courses in their own Blackboard course lists:

Managing Master/Child Courses (Smart Views and Groups)

Because all of the students are included in one Master course, communication and grading can be a bit tricky if you want to work with only one class section of students at a time:

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