When you create a course, Blackboard Learn requires only two course properties: a course name and a course ID. However, several other course properties control important aspects of courses, such as when they're available.

You can edit course properties and add settings that weren't included when the courses were created.

You can also merge courses. Those courses become child courses in a larger course set, appearing in the course listing under the master course. Child courses are marked as unavailable and must remain that way, but you can manage them in the master course. Active courses—courses with student submissions—should never be made into a child course of a merge course relationship.

More on merging and separating courses

The features detailed here may differ from what your users have access to in the interface. The Ultra Course View has a limited set of content types and features, and more will be added with each release.

View or edit course properties

Child courses have limited options in the menu and need to be managed from their associated master courses.

  1. On the Administrator Panel in the Courses section, select Courses.
  2. Search for a course.
  3. On the Courses page, open a course's menu and select Edit.
  4. Edit the course properties. You can't change the course ID.
  5. Select Submit.

Change course availability

In the course search results, Blackboard Learn indicates unavailable courses with a red X. To change a course's availability, open the course's menu.

You can use the SIS Integration Framework to disable courses in the database. The Snapshot Command Line tool is no longer supported in Learn SaaS deployments. If you used the Snapshot Command Line tool to disable courses in the past, learn how to migrate to using the SIS Framework Snapshot Flat File. Blackboard Learn indicates disabled courses with a circle with an X through it.

These topics describe SIS Integration Framework in Self- and Managed-Hosting versions of Learn, but the information also applies to SaaS deployments. After you view the SIS Framework pages, use your browser's back function to return here.

Mark a course as complete

At this time, the Complete Course option is only available for the Ultra Course View. Only instructors can set a course to complete from the Courses page. Administrators can control course availability from the Administrator Panel, but can't mark a course as complete in this area.

On the Courses page, instructors can control availability for the courses that they teach. Point to a course card and select the lock icon to change a course's availability. You can also change course availability on the Course Content page. When you change the availability of an open course, you can either make the course private or complete the course.

A complete course is in a read-only state. Enrolled students can open the course and access the course content as normal, but are not able to interact in the course, such as participate in discussions or submit assignments. A private course appears on an enrolled student's Courses page, but students are unable to open the course or access content.

When a course is complete, the instructor can change the course's availability back to private or open. The Complete Course option isn't tied to the course's term.

Enable or disable course structures

Course structures are available only in the Original Course View at this time.

Course structures contain predefined course materials such as Original Course View course menu links, instructions, and content examples that help instructors jump-start their Original Course View organization. Administrators control the availability of this feature.

More on using course structures

  1. On the Administrator Panel in the Courses section, select Course Settings.
  2. On the Course Settings page, select Course Menu and Structures.
  3. On the Course Menu and Structures page, select the check box for Enable Course Structures. To disable them, clear the check box.
  4. Select Submit.

Enable or disable the Quick Setup Guide

The Quick Setup Guide is available only in the Original Course View at this time.

The Quick Setup Guide helps instructors choose elements for their courses such as a course structure. They can also edit the course name and description, and access topics and video tutorials to help them learn more about building their courses.

You can choose whether or not the Quick Setup Guide appears when instructors enter their courses. If you choose to disable its appearance, instructors can access it from the Original Course View Control Panel > Customization > Quick Setup Guide.

  1. On the Administrator Panel in the Courses section, select Course Settings.
  2. On the Course Settings page, select Quick Setup Guide.
  3. On the Quick Setup Guide page, select the check box for Do not show the Quick Setup Guide when entering a course to disable it. To enable it, clear the check box.
  4. Select Submit.

Bulk delete course materials

You may find it most useful to bulk delete course materials at the end of a course. You can select the materials you want to delete and keep the rest for use in the future. For example, you can delete students and grades from a course, but keep the content.

You can't recover materials you choose to bulk delete.

If you choose to bulk delete "Users," all users with the role of Student are removed from your course. The roles of Teaching Assistant, Grader, and Course Builders aren't removed.

Archive a course first so that you can restore to its exact state before a bulk delete.

Bulk delete process

Control Panel > Packages and Utilities > Bulk Delete

  1. In the Select Content Materials to Delete section, select the check boxes for the content areas in the course that you want to delete.
  2. In the Select Other Materials to Delete section, select the check boxes for content found in other areas of the course that you want to delete. For example, if you select Contacts, all of the data associated with staff information will be deleted.
  3. In the Confirmation section, type "Delete" in the box to confirm the bulk delete.
  4. Select Submit.

Delete courses

When you delete a course, Blackboard Learn automatically creates a final, complete archive package. The archive package is stored in the course's autoArchive folder of the Content Collection under the following filename pattern: Course_ID_Course_PKID_Course_Title_currentTime_in_milliseconds_bb_permanent.zip.

Archives created automatically by course deletion are available for 30 days. This can be helpful for recovering data from courses deleted accidentally.

Learn more about automatic archives

  1. On the Administrator Panel in the Courses section, select Courses.
  2. Search for a course.
  3. Select the check box for each course to delete.
  4. Select Delete.
  5. Select OK.