I would like people to be able to see the main features of my course without actually enrolling. Can I do that?
Yes. Many faculty members want students to be able to enter their course and check out the syllabus and assignments before officially enrolling through Registration and Records. To enable Guest Access, click Customization in the Control Panel. Select Yes next to Allow Guests. View the Managing Users page for more information on guest users, or the FAQ on Add/Modify Users to learn how to add a user to a course.
I would like to provide a guest speaker who is not associated with NIU temporary access to my Blackboard course. What is the process for requesting such access?
ITS can provide a temporary ID for a guest for the semester, as long as the Faculty Member can provide a reason for wanting a guest ID for a particular class for a particular semester. To request guest access for a user, complete the Computing Access Resources (CAR) form available here. You will need the guest speaker's name and date of birth to complete the request. The date of birth is used to create an initial password. The request will be completed within 3 business days.
Select Faculty/Staff Account, then select Blackboard and click the Continue button
Select Affiliate Access and click the Continue button
Select Temporary/Affiliate Account and click the Continue button
Complete the required fields and click the Next button. Follow any remaining instructions to submit the request
Can I secure the parts of my course I do not want guests to view, like exams and copyrighted materials?
Yes, Guest access can be restricted to only certain course tools. In the Control Panel, click Customization and then click Tool Availability. Make sure that only the desired tools are selected in the Visible to Guests column, and then click the Submit button.