In the event of an emergency, the ability to teach courses on campus may be affected. This guide helps you identify and become acquainted with alternatives to face-to-face instruction for use during situations when campus may be closed and teaching must take place fully online. Please contact for assistance or more information.

General Pre-emergency Planning for Instructors

  • Blackboard Course Request
    Complete the Blackboard Course Request form to have a section created for you on Blackboard. See the Faculty User Guide if you are unsure how to do this. 
  • Copy Content from a Previous Course (if applicable)
    This can be done at the time you complete the Blackboard Course Request form, but if you did not request the content be copied at that time, or you would like to copy content or material from an additional course you have access to, you can do so using Course Copy in original course view or Copy Content in Ultra course view.
  • Upload Syllabus & Course Information
    Create content in your Blackboard course. One of the first items to be added should be your Syllabus and other Course Information.  If not already included as part of the Syllabus; Instructor Contact Information, Course Calendar, and Course Grading Policy will need to be added to your course as part of your course organization and management.
  • Post a Course Continuation Announcement
    Post an announcement in your Blackboard course that informs the students of the continuation of the course.
  • Make Course Available to Students
    By default, when courses are created, they are set to unavailable to allow for faculty to edit and update the course before allowing students to access the course. Once you are ready to allow students access to the course, you can do so from the courses page, by clicking the lock in Original course view, or by clicking Open course in Ultra course view. Note: If you’ve requested your course content be copied from a previous version of the course, the availability will be set to match that of the previous course.
  • Students are auto-enrolled
    The week before classes begin students will be automatically enrolled in your course. Enrollments are pushed periodically throughout the day during the Add/Drop period, but you may choose to enroll users manually. Note: Student usernames are their email address without the “” at the end.
  • Course Development Consultation (optional)
    Consider scheduling a one-on-one consultation with an Instructional Designer (Peter’s calendar, Eric’s calendar) to have any of your questions answered and ensure your course is prepared for the start of the semester.

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