Enter your username (WITHOUT @muskingum.edu) and password and press [Submit]
Select the desired course (required) and archive (optional) and press [Submit]
Wait for the email from Blackboard confirming the creation success or failure
B. I'm scheduled to teach a course but it isn't on my drop-down list of courses, what's the "problem"?
The reason your course isn't in the drop-down list may be one of the following:
The course hasn't yet been entered into the Registrar's database (it doesn't appear in MuskieLink either). Solution - Wait until it is or ask the Registrar how to get it entered.
The course is in the Registrar's database but you're not the instructor. Solution - Get added as the instructor by the Registrar
The course and/or instructor was just entered this morning. Solution - Wait until tomorrow and try again.
C. I want to reuse a former course's content and it isn't in the list of courses available for restoration?
CNS only keeps the past 2 year's worth of course exports, were you looking for something older? Solution - If it is critical, contact us to determine whether we might have an old backup. Solution - If you have an archive, we will be glad to use it to make a new course.
D. I have a course archive, how do I use it as a template for a new course?
There are many ways you can send/give us a copy of your archive. You may send it in an email attachment, bring it to us on a removable memory device (memory stick, SD, etc.), share it from your desktop computer, use FTP (File Transfer Protocol), or put it in your email account's file storage area. Just call us at 8050 to guide your method of choice. Once we have it, we will need to perform a manual course creation which may take up to a week to process. We have to load the archive, remove the confidential student information, create an export, then make the new course from the export.
E. Is it possible to start developing a Blackboard course more than one term in advance?
The only way we can create a Blackboard course more than one term in advance is either:
Preferrably, get the course entered into the Registrar's database with you as the instructor.
Alternatively, route your request through the appropriate VP.
F. Is it possible to have a course that doesn't use the standard naming convention?
In order to have a course created that doesn't follow the course naming convention, you need to route your request through the appropriate VP.
G. I don't understand the standard naming convention, would you please explain it?
As originally implemeted, courses using Blackboard retain the existing naming and numbering conventions as used by the Muskingum University Registrar. Variances to the naming and numbering convention must be requested (by you) and approved (by the VPAA or VP-GCS) in advance.
Courses are coded as follows: (EX: FA11-IDIS-123-4)
Undergraduate courses start with the Term code (either FA, SP, or SU for Fall, Spring, Summer)
All other sectors start with a sector letter determination (G, A, or I for Graduate, Adult/MAP, MISST) and include a second letter for the Term (either F, S, or U for Fall, Spring, Summer)
The initial letter code is followed by the last two digits of the calendar year
This prefix is followed by a Department Code (i.e. EDUC for Education)
After the Department code is the course and section number
If you don't know your course number and section you can get it from the Registrar or the GCS Office.
H. I have a special request to route to a VP, which VP do I utilize?
Undergraduate course needs are coordinated through the VPAA
Graduate, Continuing Studies, and May Term course needs are coordinated through the VP-GCS.