Get a Blackboard course

You do not need to request a Blackboard course. When courses are published in the catalog each semester, Blackboard course spaces are automatically created. Instructors are entered into the “Banner registration system” by their departments. Banner then sends this information directly to the Blackboard and a new course space is created.

Where you find your course

When you log in to Blackboard using your UVM NetID, you’ll land on the “My Blackboard” tab and you’ll see a list of “My Courses.” Click on a title of a course to open it.

Not seeing your course?

If you don’t see your course it means that Blackboard or Banner does not yet recognize you as the Instructor of Record for that course. If that happens, check with your departmental administrator to ensure that Banner is updated with the information. Once you are added into Banner, you may need to wait several hours for your course to appear in Blackboard.

Anatomy of a course number

  1. The first 4 digits indicate the year
  2. followed by 2 digits for the first month of the semester, e.g.
    (note that some Winter sessions begin in December but
    will be listed as Spring courses beginning with 01)
  3. The last 5 digits are the CRN (Course Registration Number) assigned by the Banner system.

How students appear in your course roster

When students register for (or drop) your course, this information is automatically reflected in your Blackboard course roster. (There is a delay of several hours between when they drop or add through the Registrar and when Blackboard reflects that change.) You can see your course roster by going to the Control Panel area in the left sidebar menu and clicking on either Users & Groups > Users or by clicking on Grade Center: Full Grade Center.

Combining course spaces

Blackboard creates a separate course space for any course that has been assigned the 5-digit Course Registration Number (CRN). However, if you are teaching a course with multiple labs, or even a course with multiple sections, you may wish to combine all those labs or sections into one course space. This process is called “merging courses” and instructions for how to do that can be found here in the Blackboard Knowledge Base.

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