Bb Bulletin, Fall 2014

Faculty Memo: Fall 2014 Course Shells

Reduce Blackboard-oriented stress by reading this memo, and please save it for future reference!
Greetings! As is our custom fall semester course shells are created just prior to the July 4th holiday, and you should find your fall course shells in the My Courses module of your Blackboard page:

All fall semester course shells are pre-pended with:

If your Courses module is getting crowded please follow these instructions for hiding unwanted course shells:

For any variety of reasons faculty might not see the courses they are scheduled to teach. Please contact us using the Web Help Desk and we’ll do what we can to help:

It’s always a good idea to review the Standard Practices area of the Faculty Bb of the IT Wiki. It covers beginning-of-the- semester topics including how to transfer course content between semesters, how to contact your students before they are added to Bb, and how to view the student roster:

Access the Course Content Transfer tool using the URL below. Please note that requests made over the holiday weekend may not be processed until school reopens:

For all IT support please contact the Web Help Desk:

To review the entire Bb Faculty IT Wiki, over 125 document and video support services arranged by topic, please follow this link:

For synchronous web conferencing or to record lectures for student use please refer to the Collaborate page on the IT Wiki:

The main IT Wiki comprises documentation, how-tos and step-by-step instructions related to a wide variety of technology services offered by William Paterson University and can be found hre:

Students are added to Bb shells the day before the semester begins but they have access the Learning with Blackboard course site in order to become acquainted with both the learning management system.

Prior to the semester faculty can communicate with students through Banner:


Remember, Quality Matters is coming to William Paterson!

Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning. The program features:

  • Faculty-centered, continuous improvement models for assuring the quality of online courses through peer review
  • Professional development workshops and certification courses for instructors and online learning professionals
  • Rubrics for applying quality standards to course design

For more information see: