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Make my Blackboard Learn course(s) available to students

Blackboard Learn courses are created as "Unavailable".

"Unavailable" means that an instructor has access to the course, but students will not be able to enter the course. Instructors have to make the course "available" to allow students access to the Blackboard Learn course.

There are three options to make your Blackboard Learn course available:
Note: Since the availability change is instant, we recommend toggling availability at the beginning and end of the semester only to avoid student confusion.

Option one:

  1. Log into Blackboard Learn and enter the course.
  2. In the top right corner, find a Padlock icon.
  3. If the course is unavailable for students, you will see this red padlock icon. Locked Course Icon
  4. If the course is open for students, you will see this grey padlock icon. Pad Lock Icon
  5. To change the availability for students. Click the Padlock icon, this will toggle your availability instantly.

 

Option two:

  1. Log into Blackboard learn and click "Courses".
  2. Blackboard can display courses in two views: list view and card view. 
  3. In either view, open the course card's menu to change the course availability by clicking the three horizontal dots. 
  • In list view: 
  1. Click the three horizontal dots (course menu) to change course availability. Click "Open course".
  2. You will be prompted to confirm your decision. Click "Open to students" to make your course immediately available. 

            courses in Blackboard displayed in list view

  • In card view: 
  1. Hover over the top right of the desired class to expose the three horizontal dots (course menu) and then click. Click "Open course".
  2. You will be prompted to confirm your decision. Click "Open to students" to make your course immediately available. 

            courses in Blackboard displayed in card view

 

Option three:

  1. Log into Blackboard Learn and enter the course.
  2. In the Course Management menu under Customization, click Properties.
  3. Under Set Availability, check the radio button next to "Yes" for Make Course Available.
  4. Click the Submit button.

Student access once your class has completed:
At the end of the semester consider leaving your course(s) available to students for a few weeks to allow students access to their Blackboard Learn 'My Grades' module or grade related materials. Once you decide that students no longer need access to your Blackboard Learn course(s), you will need to make the course(s) "unavailable" by selecting "No" in step #3 or clicking on the padlock to close it.
 

Additional Resources/Tutorials:

     bb How to make a course available (article)

     youtube How to make a course available (video)

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