When an instructor has prepared their Blackboard course shell and are ready to make the course available to their students, there are a few steps that need to take place. If no steps are taken, the course will become available to students upon the first day of the session.
To make a course shell available, select Customization from the course menu. Next click Properties.
As a reminder, course shells will not be available to instructors until 60 days prior to their start date.
When instructors are ready to set the availability of a course, first scroll to Set Availability and ensure that Yes is selected.
Set Course Duration
Instructors can decide whether they would like the course to be available immediately or to become available on a specific date in the future.
By default, course shells are set to become available to students enrolled on the date the course begins. To make the course available in advance, either change the date or select Continuous for the duration to make the course available immediately. Note that courses with continuous enrollment will NOT close automatically at the end of the term. If continuous enrollment is selected, faculty must remember to make these course unavailable at the end of the term.