Blackboard Bulletin, 2015 Summer & Fall Semesters

Blackboard Bulletin:  Welcome the Summer and Fall semesters of 2015!

(currently being edited – March 30 2015)

Reduce Blackboard-oriented stress by reading and saving this memo for future reference!

For all technology-related problems, questions or reports please file a ticket with the Web Help Desk:
Technology-related information and documentation is available on the IT Wiki:
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Faculty Blackboard Support Menu (March 2015)

The Blackboard Faculty Support and the Student Support sections of the IT Wiki can be accessed from within Blackboard by selecting the appropriate links listed in along the top of the Bb interface
Banner of the WPUNJ Bb page, indicating access points for Student and Faculty Support pages in the IT Wiki

WPUNJ Bb page – access points for Student & Faculty Support pages in the IT Wiki

CLOSING Spring 2015 Courses

1. If you’d like to close your courses to students please deactivate sections by doing the reverse of what you did to activate them.  In short: a. Log in to Bb, access your course shell

b. In the Control Panel (underneath the course menu) select Customization, then Properties

Control Panel, Customization => Properties

c. In area 3 of the Properties interface select No, then click the submit button in the upper or lower right-hand  corner
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2. At any time you can save copies of your course for editing or re-importation.  Having a copy of a course is a handy means of editing the course before adding it to a future semester.

Short Videos 
Archive, machine readable
Export, human accessible
Restore course to a Bb shell
All-in-one document 
Archive/Restore documentation online
a. Log into Bb and select Faculty Support from the options across the top of the interface b. Check the last item in the Support menu, End of Semester
c. Use the Export directions for an editable copy of the course and Archive for a machine-readable copy.
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OPENING SUMMER or FALL 2015 course shells

Summer semester course shells should be available to faculty in the My Courses module of your Blackboard page:

All Summer semester course shells are pre-pended with:
Summer course shells will be available beginning in early April.

All Fall semester course shells are pre-pended with:
Fall course shells will be available beginning in early May.

If you do not see your course shell your first step is to contact your department office to make sure that your information has been communicated with Banner.  If your department and Banner are up to date please file a ticket for Blackboard with the Web Help Desk.  Please be specific as possible when communicating the semester, the department designation, course number and section!


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


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:

Standard Practices menu of the Bb Faculty Support

Standard Practices menu of the Bb Faculty Support

Transferring course content between semesters – 
New Material

The simple and direct method of transferring course content which offers faculty the most control of the transfer material and timing is to archive or export a course from the originating shell to the destination shell:

Short Videos
Archive, machine readable
Export, human accessible
Restore course to a Bb shell
All-in-one document

The second option is to use the Course Content Transfer tool.  Please note that transfers will be processed once a day during the week but not over weekends or holidays.  For expedited service please follow the steps described above.

Access the Course Content Transfer tool using the URL below.

Parent and Master Courses – New Material
Cross-listed and multi-section courses can be merged; all students will be added to a single shell and the “child” shells will be unavailable to students:

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 here:

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:

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Quality Matters has come 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

We’ve held two Applying the QM Rubric workshops and have several more scheduled: Friday February 20, 2015
Friday March 6, 2015

For more information see: