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June 30, 2014

Fall 2014 Blackboard Course Shells are Available

The Fall 2014 Blackboard course shells have been created and are available for faculty to access. Please take a few moments to verify that your shells are created and notify us if anything is missing.

Quick Reminders for Faculty Teaching Fall 2014

  • Students have not yet been enrolled into fall courses. They will be enrolled two weeks before the fall semester begins.
  • The course shells are created “Unavailable” to students on Blackboard. To make it easier for faculty, we will make all courses available on the first day of the fall semester (on August 21, 2014). But if you would like to allow students to access your courses on Blackboard earlier than August 21, 2014, you can make them available by following these instructions: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/distance/faculty/docs/bb/CourseAvailables.pdf
  • Instructors can use the Course Copy function on Blackboard to transfer course content from one course to another. Instructors should complete their course copy as early as possible to avoid heavy Blackboard traffic (please remember, all 23 VCCS community colleges are using the same Blackboard course management system. Blackboard is frequently slow the week before school starts). Instructions for course copy are available here: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/distance/faculty/docs/bb/CopyCourse.pdf
  • If you are teaching multiple sections of the same course, your student enrollment from PeopleSoft can be combined into a single Blackboard section. This will not affect the PeopleSoft/SIS rosters or the entering of final grades into SIS at the end of the semester. Please contact us if you wish to have sections combined. In the email, you will need to state which section is to be the container or main section and which sections should be combined into that single container section.  For example: combine EDU 100-11, EDU 100-12, and EDU 100-13 into EDU 100-11 (EDU 100-11 is to be the main/container course).

Please contact us at eLIT@virginiawestern.edu if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you as we anticipate the Fall 2014 semester.