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Instructors: Check your course(s) for 2015-2016

We have created your new course(s) for the Academic Year 2015-2016 in Blackboard. Before the new study year starts, we advise you to check your course(s) in Blackboard to make sure everything is good to go for the new year.

In previous years the course copy’s were automatically made available for students, so they could self-enroll already in the courses. Last year several Course Managers and Instructors experienced issues with their course content becoming automatically available, and due to this we have chosen to change this setting.  Per this year, courses that are copied form the previous year have been set to unavailable. This means that students cannot find a course, or enroll in it, unless the instructor has made the course available in Blackboard.

Please check if the following settings of your new course are correct:

  • Course availability (Course Management – Control Panel > Customization > Properties > 3. Set availability)
    • Available: Blackboard users can see the course and enroll in the course when it is set to “self-enrollment”.
    • Unavailable: Blackboard users cannot see the course, even if they are enrolled (except course managers and instructors). Use this option if you don’t want students to find and access the course will you are working on it. Don’t forget to make it available again. As a reminder: In your course overview list you will see (unavailable) behind the course-name.
  • Enrollment Settings (Course Management – Control Panel > Customization > Enrollment options)
    • Enroll by instructor (with or without e-mail instructor option)
    • Self-enrollment (with or without start and/or end date)
  • Set Un-enroll options.
    Make the tool available via : Course Management – Control Panel > Customization > Tool availability. Once the tool is available, you can change the settings via: Course Management – Control Panel > Course Tools > Un-enroll tool.

    • Disable un-enroll – if you don’t want students to be able to un-enroll
    • Deactivate when un-enroll – standard setting. Student data will be preserved / saved.
    • Delete when un-enroll – We advise to use “deactivate”, with this setting all user data belonging to the course will be lost.You can find more information on setting up your course in the attached documents.

If your course has not become available in Blackboard, there are two options:

  • Please visit and look up who is listed as the Course Coordinator. If you are not listed, please contact your CourseBase coordinator or ask the listed course coordinator to add you as a course manager or instructor in Blackboard.
  • Please take a look at the course in CourseBase to see if the course is published. A course needs to be published in Coursebase to become available in Blackboard. Any changes in CourseBase will be effectuated in Blackboard the next day.

If you teach the same course multiple times a year it is possible to prepare one Blackboard course and copy it to the other quarters. While copying a course it will be placed in a queue, it can take some time (up to 24 hours if the system is busy) before a copy has been executed. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, or if you need any assistance, please contact E-Learning Support (ELS) at Please, do not re-submit the course copy.

The following two manuals might also be of use when setting up your course:

If you have any further questions or need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact E-Learning Support (ELS) via or 015-2789194.


Blackboard 9.1 SP14: New features & improvements

We have just upgraded our Blackboard environment from SP11 to SP14. With this new version of Blackboard improvements and new features have become available. The most important new features and improvements are:


  • Security improvements and bugfixes
  • Content editor Math formulas – the equation editor has been replaced by the mathML equation editor (WIRIS) so it is now possible to enter simple Latex directly in the content editor. On the WIRIS LaTeX support page you can find several examples on how to use simple LaTeX.

For instructors:

  • Date Management – After a course is copied, it is possible to speed up the transition of old dates to new ones relevant for the new course using Date Management. From Date Management, instructors can adjust all availability dates, due dates, and adaptive release dates. Instructors can choose to update dates automatically or manually from one convenient location.
  • Grade Center improvements – Blackboard has made several improvements to grading and the Grade Center.

If you would like to read more about the various bug fixes, improvements and new features, please read the release notes on Blackboard SP12, SP13 or SP14.

Unfortunately a new version does not only fix bugs, it usually means new bugs as well. We have been testing this new version the last couple of weeks and did not run into any critical bugs. For security reasons it is important that we keep our Blackboard version up to date. We will keep you informed about the existing bugs and will help you and provide a workaround if possible.

Please check this weblog if you would like to be informed of any news regarding Blackboard and/or the upgrade process or follow us on twitter @TUDelftBb

For questions about Blackboard please contact E-Learning support (ELS@TUDelft.NL of 89194 )

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