Blackboard Announcement

All credit courses have Blackboard sites with registered students enrolled. At a brand new course site, links for online orientation, Blackboard tutorials, technical help, and academic support resources are presented.

—- For Faculty, before a semester, in MyCommNet > Faculty Self-Service, once an instructor’s name is entered to the course, the instructor is able to access the course in Blackboard. Instructor may build a course from scratch or copy a previous course. Faculty will have access to their courses in Blackboard for two years. For record keeping, faculty should archive or backup course content with student data in the end of a semester.  The system academic policy states that a course Gradebook should be kept for 5 years.

—- For Students, SEVEN DAYS before the first day of a semester, registered students are able to view the course site on Blackboard. Student View to a current semester course will be turned off at the 11th week into the following semester.

I. Copy Content from One Course to Another Course
Instruction of Copying a Course
On My Institution page, click on the Name of the course from which you would like to copy (source). Under Control Panel, click on Packages and Utilities. Select Course Copy. Click on Browse button and check the course to which you would like to copy (destination). Select the links in Course Menu and tools you would like to copy. To avoid redundant links, please DO NOT select the links that are already in the MxCC template: “Getting Started”, “MxCC Help”, “Academic Support”, “Blackboard Resources”, “Faculty Resources”, “Help & Tech Support”, “Policies & Services” or “Academic Resources” links.  If you have used Assignments or Tests, please also check “Grade Center Columns and Settings” or “Test, Surveys, and Pools” .   Click on Submit. Wait for a few minutes depending on the size of your course. The course is then copied over to the new course site. Click here for more detailed instruction with screen captures. If you have copied a wrong course, you will need to manually delete all links and icons in the course and all files in Content Collection. Examples of term/semester codes:  Spring 2022: 122106; Summer 2022: 122206; Fall 2022: 122306; Winter 2022: 122406

If a program coordinator would like to design a course template and apply it to multiple sections in Blackboard, contact Distance Learning at or 860-343-5756. For on-ground courses, if you use Blackboard extensively and would like to use the same content with a minor update in a new semester, you may copy a previous course to the new course.
II. Student Access to Courses
Courses will stay on Blackboard for two years, and faculty are able to access the courses until they are deleted.  Student View of Spring 2022 courses will be turned off 11th week into Fall 2022 semester on November 14, 2022. Incomplete students should finish their work in Blackboard by this date. After this date, students will need to seek permission from their professor to access their course in Blackboard. Upon professor’s permission, Distance Learning staff will reopen the course for the student.
III. Faculty Access to Courses
For Faculty – When an instructor is assigned to a course in Banner (Faculty Self-Service), the instructor is able to access the Blackboard course site and work on it. For Students, SEVEN DAYS before the first day of a class, registered students are able to view Blackboard course site. Before the first day of a semester, you may hide a link in Course Menu or an item in a content page. Click on the action icon next to the link, select Hide Link. To hide an item in a content page, click on the action icon of the item and select Edit. Check No in Permit Users to View this Content. Click here for instruction with screen captures.
IV. MyCommNet/Blackboard Downtime
Scheduled downtime for MyCommNet will be posted at entry page. Scheduled downtime for Blackboard will be posted on the Blackboard My Institution page.
V. Backing Up Blackboard Courses
Courses will stay on Blackboard for two years. Faculty using Blackboard extensively are advised to back up their courses in the end of a semester. This procedure can be done by course instructor and involves backing up entire course content and student data. You create a backup file in Blackboard, then download the file and save it to your computer or an external drive (ex. hard drive, CD, flash drive).  Click here for instructions. In case of a grade challenge, you will contact Distance Learning to restore the backup file to Blackboard. Online/Hybrid courses will be backed up and archived in Distance Learning.
VI. Export/Download Grade Center
 For faculty using Grade Center in Blackboard, we recommend keep a record of the Grade Center in the end of a semester in case there is a grade challenge.  The BOR policy requires faculty to keep a course gradebook for 5 years.  We recommend faculty backup and download the Grade Center and Grading History.  (1) Grade Center, you will export the Grade Center as an MS Excel file and download the file to your computer. On the Full Grade Center page, go to “Work Offline” (upper right corner) and select Download. Use the “default” setting in the Download Grade page and click on “Submit”. At next page, click on “Download” button.  The Excel file containing entire Grade Center will be downloaded to your computer.  (2) Grade History, in Full Grade Center, go to Reports, select View Grade History. Click on Download and click on Submit.  Click on Download button again to download the grading history file to your computer.
For questions about teaching an online class or using Blackboard in teaching, contact:

Distance Learning
Voice: (860) 343 -5756
Office: Chapman 701B/701C