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Course Availability

A course must be made available before the enrolled students will be able to access the course and its content. An instructor may want to make a course unavailable during the building process or after a scheduled class has finished. Students see all courses they are enrolled in, in their My Courses list, whether those Blackboard courses are available or not.

If your Blackboard course is unavailable, access is determined by course role. Blackboard administrators, instructors, course builders, teaching assistants, and graders can see and access unavailable courses from the My Courses list, even though they are marked as unavailable. Students cannot access unavailable courses. Unavailable courses do not appear in the course catalog.

Email sent via the Blackboard course will be delivered to enrolled students even if that course is unavailable.


How to Make Your Course Available to Students

  1. Login to Blackboard and enter the course.
  2. On the Control Panel, expand the Customization section and click Properties.
  3. In the Set Availability section, click Yes.
  4. Click Submit.

How to Make Your Course Automatically Available to Students on a Specific Date

  1. Login to Blackboard and enter the course.
  2. On the Control Panel, expand the Customization section and click Properties.
  3. In the Set Availability section, click Yes.
  4. In the Set Course Duration section, select the radio button next to Select Dates.
    1. Check the box next to Start Date and select the date that you would like the course to become available to students. The course will become available at 12:00 AM on the date selected.
    2. Optionally, you can check the box next to End Date and select the date that you would like the course to no longer be available to students. The course will become unavailable at 11:59 PM on the date selected.
  5. Click Submit.

If students try to access the course in Blackboard before the set start date, the title of the course will be grayed out and will be followed by a message indicating when the course will be available. [View screenshot]


How to Make Your Course Available to Students Using the Qwickly Shortcut

You can quickly make courses available or unavailable to students by using the Qwickly module on the My Blackboard page. Use Qwickly to make your Blackboard sites visible to enrolled students without having to enter each course site.

  1. Log into Blackboard and access the My Blackboard page.
  2. Locate the Qwickly module. [View screenshot]
  3. Click the Course Availability link to reveal a list of your courses. [View screenshot]
  4. Next to the name of a course, toggle the availability button to ON to make a course available to students. Toggle the availability button to OFF to make a course unavailable to students.
  5. Your changes will save automatically.

To learn more about Qwickly features, please visit Qwickly.


Video - How to Make Your Courses Available to Students (Blackboard)


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For more information about Course Availability, visit Blackboard's Course Availability »


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