Course, Requesting FAQ

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.

How do I request a Blackboard course for my thesis, graduate project, dissertation, or independent study students?

If you have students under your supervision who are working on a thesis, graduate project, dissertation, or an independent study and you’d like to use Blackboard Learn to facilitate the work, the best method is to ask your department to set up a section of the associated course in MyNIU with you as the instructor of record. Often, these courses are scheduled with a single section under the department chair, but that limits your ability to use university resources, like Blackboard, to work with your students.

If your department creates a section for you, then students can register directly to your section of the thesis, project, dissertation, or independent study course. You will also be able to request a course in Blackboard, like you would for a more traditional course.

It is recommended that the department create course sections for each faculty member in the department for each of these types of courses, every semester. This will automatically allow any faculty member to request the Blackboard course for those purposes. 

I am listed as the instructor of record in MyNIU and I can see my course section(s) for the upcoming semester, but I don't see that semester as an option for requesting the Blackboard sections using the Blackboard Faculty Tools.

Courses are available to request in Blackboard anytime within 100 days from the start of the semester, but not prior.

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Last Updated: 4/18/2018