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Blackboard Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Course, Requesting

How do I get a course on the Blackboard server?

Any faculty or staff member who is teaching an NIU class may create a Blackboard course. Instructions for requesting a course are available online: Requesting Courses

If I'm already teaching a course in Blackboard, do I have to fill out another course request for the next semester?

Each semester, faculty need to perform the one-step course request process in the Blackboard Faculty Tools to match their course to the appropriate student roster. The result will be a course that contains enrollment but no materials. Course materials can be copied from another course using the Course Copy feature in the Control Panel.

May I request more than one course at a time?

Yes. You may request Blackboard courses for all your semester classes using the Blackboard Faculty Tools (BFT).

When I attempt to request courses in Blackboard, a message appears stating that I have to be the instructor of record in order to request the courses. What must I do to request the Blackboard courses for the course sections I'm teaching?

Your department office has to enter you in MyNIU as the instructor of record for the courses you are assigned to teach. Please contact your department office to make this assignment in MyNIU. After the assignment is processed in MyNIU, you will be able to request the courses using the Blackboard Faculty Tools (BFT). Note: It may take up to one business day for the course to be listed in the Blackboard Faculty Tools.

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Last Updated: 05/23/2011