In keeping with our general policy of providing Blackboard courses 90 days prior to the start of the new semester, the Spring 2014 course shells are set to be created on Sunday, October 13, 2013. So don’t be shocked when you log into the Blackboard system and see new courses there next week.
Naturally as your students enroll using eServices in the months to come, they should percolate onto the Blackboard rosters within a couple hours. But rest assured that students will not be able to see anything in your new course sites until you manually make the course sites available for student use.
Also, take note that this next Spring semester actually starts on Monday, January 13, 2014. There is a scheduled Blackboard maintenance time from Thursday, January 2 until Sunday January 5, 2014, which does mean you will have about a week after that to do last-minute preparations to your Blackboard course sites. However I would encourage you to try and do course copies prior to the end of 2013, just so everyone isn’t trying to do course copies all at the same time.
At any rate, here comes Spring.