With Spring behind us, it’s time to relax, kick back, and enjoy the best season of the year: Fall prep time.
In accordance with our customary policy of creating Blackboard courses 90 days in advance of the start of a term, the Fall 2012 Blackboard courses were created yesterday. Yes, that means Fall is only three months off! Assuming that all the paperwork on your classes is already input to the eServices system, when you log into the Palomar Blackboard system with your instructor account you should see all those new course sites set up and waiting.
Remember that these courses are, by default, empty and unavailable to students. So, even though students enrolling in your class will end up on your Blackboard course roster within an hour of the enrollment going into eServices, those students will not be able to access your new course site until and unless you manually make that course available.
If you are looking to transfer material from a previous semester on our Blackboard system, go into that old course and use the Course Copy tool.
If you have a course export file from some other location (either a file from some other Blackboard system or from your publisher), just use the Import Package tool.
If you are adopting a course cartridge for the new term, make sure you get your Course Cartridge Download Key from the publisher, then use the Import Course Cartridge tool.
All of these tools are on your Control Panel, under the Packages and Utilities submenu. If you run into any problems using these tools, or have questions about how best to get your new courses ready for Fall (or Summer, if you aren’t ready yet), go ahead and open a ticket with the Academic Technology Helpdesk.
Of course, you should keep in mind that you’ll only have until June 3rd to work before the Palomar Blackboard system will be brought down for maintenance and upgrades. The system will be offline starting Monday, June 4th at 6 AM possibly until Thursday, June 7th at 5 PM, although we will do our best to get the system back online as soon as possible. So either get your work done before then, or resign yourself to waiting until after that week.
Then, when you’ve dotted all your i’s and crossed all your t’s, do not forget to make your course available.