Support Available to Use Blackboard During COVID-19 Disruption

Posted: 3/13/2020

In an effort to make it as easy as possible for faculty who aren't using Blackboard in their teaching but may wish to do so as they alter their course delivery due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, all Blackboard courses that have not yet been requested by faculty for the spring 2020 semester have been created and set to be unavailable to students by default. Faculty not previously using Blackboard but who choose to now do so will be able to simply login to Blackboard at webcourses.niu.edu and access their automatically created course(s). 

Getting Started with Blackboard

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center staff are available to assist any faculty, staff, or teaching assistant who has questions about Blackboard or would like assistance in getting started with the basics of using Blackboard. Schedule an appointment for one-on-one assistance either in-person, by phone, or virtually or stop by Founders Library 293 anytime between 9am-4:30pm, Monday, March 16th - Friday, March 20th. You can also call 815-753-0595 or email facdev@niu.edu for assistance.

Try Blackboard Ultra!

If you are new to Blackboard, you will likely find the new Blackboard Ultra course experience to be simple and easy to use. When accessing your Blackboard course, you can preview Blackboard Ultra and convert your course to Ultra. 

steps to convert course to Ultra

Open Your Course to Students

Once you are ready for students to access your course, you will need to open it so that your students can access it. From the Course list, you can open your course by clicking the ... menu to the right and choosing Open course.

click open course to make your course available to students

Keep Teaching Support

For additional resources and assistance with modifying your course delivery, including teaching with Blackboard, visit the Keep Teaching website or contact Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.