Never miss a beat!

Juggling competing responsibilities isn't easy. The calendar displays a consolidated view of all your institution, course, organization, and personal calendar events. You can view events by day, week, or month. You can view and organize upcoming and past events into categories.

You can use the course calendar to provide students with dates for course-related events. Course calendar events appear to all members of the course. Common entries include upcoming tests, due dates for assignments, or special lectures. Course items with due dates appear automatically in the course calendar. Only instructors may create course calendar events.

Non-graded items with due dates, such as tasks, don't appear in the calendar automatically. You'll have to add these events directly to the course calendar to ensure students see them.


Watch a video about the calendar

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" calendar video.

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


Video: Use the calendar explains how to use the calendar to keep track of your events and due dates.


Find and navigate the calendar

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help for finding the calendar.

You can access the calendar from your course, from the Tools panel on the My Institution tab, or from the My Blackboard menu.

  1. View events by day, week, or month.
  2. Use the arrows to navigate to another month.
  3. Select the plus (+) to create a new event. You can also select a date to create an event. Assign the event to the appropriate calendar, select the date and time, and add a description.

    Students can't create an event on a course and institution calendar.

  4. Select an event to manage it. You can also select and drag an event to change the date.
  5. Select the calendars you want to show, such as institution, personal, or course. By default, all calendars are visible. You can change the color of each calendar to suit your preference and to easily determine which events correspond with each calendar.

    All institution events appear in the institution calendar. All course events, such as assignments due, appear in the course calendar. Courses you hide in the My Courses module on the My Institution page will also be hidden in the Calendars list.

  6. Get an iCal URL to import your Blackboard Learn calendar into an external calendar application, such as Google Calendar. After the Learn iCal URL is set up in an external calendar, it is updated dynamically with new Learn calendar events.

    Events may take up to 24 hours to appear in your external calendar. External calendars can't be imported into the Blackboard Learn calendar.


Choose your view

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help for calendar views.

You can choose the first day of your week in your personal settings in My Blackboard. You can also choose from four calendar display modes:

  • Gregorian only
  • Gregorian-formatted with Hirji date conversion in parentheses
  • Hijri only
  • Hijri-formatted with Gregorian date conversion in parentheses

Create an event

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help for creating a calendar event.

  1. Select the plus (+) button or select a specific date to create an event.
  2. Type the New Event Name.
  3. Choose a calendar to associate the event with, such as your personal calendar.

    Only instructors and administrators can add events to the course and institution calendars.

  4. Select the Start and End times.
  5. Type the Event Description. You have a 4,000 character limit for event descriptions.
  6. Select Save.

Make a repeating event

Select the Repeat check box to make a recurring event. These options describe when the event repeats.

Recurring events supported
Repeat Options Description
Daily Event ends after a specified number of times -OR- on a particular date.
Weekly Repeat Repeats an event on a day of the week. Event ends after X number of times -OR- on a particular date.
Monthly Repeat Repeats an events on a day of the month (1-31) or day of week (first Sunday, second Monday, and so on) supported. Events ends after X number of times -OR- on a particular date.
Bulk Add (Series) Create a series with the repeat options.
Bulk Delete (Series) Delete the entire series created using the repeat options.
Edit an Instance Edit an instance of the series. If you change the date/time of the instance, that particular instance has a "broken" icon to indicate that it no longer conforms with the original series rules.

Changing the name or description of an instance does not break the instance from the series.

Edit Series (Known Limitation) At this time, you can't edit the series. After you create a series, you can bulk delete or make changes to an individual instance.

Edit or delete an event

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help for editing an event.

Want to change or delete an event?

  1. Find the date of the event in the main calendar view.
  2. Select the event to edit or delete it.
  3. Select and drag an event to another date in the main view to change the date of the event. The time of the event and calendar it is associated with remain the same.
  4. You can also select and drag an event from the main view to another date on the smaller monthly view to change the date.

Video: Use the Calendar in the Ultra Experience


ULTRA: Watch a video about the calendar

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" calendar video.

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


Video: Use the calendar explains how to use the calendar to keep track of your events and due dates.


ULTRA: Find and navigate the calendar

Instructors, you're in the right place!
Students, view calendar information specific to students.
Administrators, view calendar information specific to administrators.

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about finding the calendar.

From the global calendar in the list where your name appears, you can see all your upcoming due dates and meetings across your courses—all in one place.

In your calendar, find this event information:

  • Office hours: These appointments appear automatically on the calendar when you add them to a course.
  • Due dates: When you create content with a due date, it appears automatically in the calendar.

Check your course calendar

When you access the calendar from inside a course, it shows events for that course only. Select the Calendar icon from the course's navigation bar.

The course view of the calendar displays due dates, the course schedule, office hours, and course-specific meetings and events. When you create content with a due date, it appears automatically in the calendar.

All events you create within a specific course roll up into the global calendar. You can switch over to the big picture by accessing your global calendar from the list where your name appears.


ULTRA: Choose your view

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about choosing your calendar view.

  • Select Day or Month to zoom in on one day's tasks or plan for the weeks ahead.
  • Select Due Dates to focus only on your upcoming deadlines.
  • Select the gear icon in the upper-right corner to choose the calendars you want to see.

ULTRA: Create and edit an event

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about creating a calendar event.

To add events to your personal calendar, select Calendar from the left list where your name appears. Select the plus sign and add an event title, date, time, and location.

Select the title of an event you added to change its details.

You can move and delete events in your calendar. Drag and drop personal events to change times or delete personal events that you no longer need. Students can't delete or move events added by you.


ULTRA: Share your calendar

Your schedule is a mix of academic and personal commitments. To help keep up with everything you've got going on, it helps to put everything on one calendar.

You can share your Blackboard Learn calendar with external services so course events appear with other events.

You can't share calendars for individual courses. When you share your calendar, events for all of your courses appear.

  1. Select Calendar in the menu where your name appears first.
  2. Select Settings, represented by a gear icon.
  3. Open the More Options menu next to Calendar Settings.
  4. Select Share Calendar.
  5. In the window, copy the calendar link. Share the URL only with trusted sources.

When you connect your Blackboard Learn calendar to an external calendar, all course events appear one year in the past and into the future.

Add calendar to iCal

To share your Blackboard Learn calendar with iCal, you'll add it as a calendar subscription.

  1. Open iCal on your Mac.
  2. Go to File > New Calendar Subscription.
  3. Paste the Blackboard Learn calendar link and select Subscribe.
  4. Enter the calendar's name and adjust other settings. In the Location field, select iCloud if you want the calendar to appear on your other authenticated Apple devices such as iPhone or iPad.
  5. Select OK to finish set up.

More on subscribing to calendars on a Mac

Add calendar to Google calendar

Share your Blackboard Learn calendar with Google calendar to view all events in one place.

  1. Open your Google calendar on a computer.
  2. Next to Add calendar, point to Add other calendars and select From URL in the menu.
  3. Paste the Blackboard Learn calendar link and select Add calendar to finish set up.
  4. Open the calendar's settings to rename it and adjust sharing and notification settings.

More on adding external calendars to Google calendar


ULTRA: Add an external calendar

If you prefer to use Blackboard Learn's calendar, you can also add an external calendar file to your Blackboard Learn calendar so course events appear with other events.

  1. Select Calendar in the menu where your name appears first.
  2. Select Settings, represented by a gear icon.
  3. Open the More Options menu next to Calendar Settings.
  4. Select Add Calendar.
  5. In the window, drag and drop your calendar file. You can also click to upload the file. Only ICS files are supported.
  6. The file name appears in the window. If you selected the wrong file or want to change your selection, select the Delete icon, represented by a trash can.
  7. Select Add Calendar to finish and import events.

When you add your external calendar to Blackboard Learn, events appear one year in the past and into the future. The events are grouped under My Personal Calendar to show that you added them yourself. The events don't reference the calendar or the name of the file you uploaded.

You can edit or delete events you upload just like any other event you add.

What is ICS?

ICS refers to a standardized calendar file type that lets you export and import files between different applications. These files use .ics at the end of the file name. Many popular calendar applications, including Google Calendar and Apple Calendar, use the ICS standard.