Getting Started

Semester Checklist

Each semester or session, refer to this checklist to ensure that your course is ready for your students.

Get assigned to your course in MyMav.

Your department's administrative assistant will assign you to your courses in MyMav. After the assignment processes, the courses will appear on your list in Blackboard.

Assign teaching assistants, research assistants, or co-instructors to your course in MyMav.

Your department's administrative assistant will assign any additional teaching staff to your course, including teaching assistants, research assistants, or co-instructors. For assistance with assigning additional staff in MyMav, see Adding TAs or e-mail the Help Desk.

Add Shadow Instructors to your course.

Send a Shadow Instructor Request to add shadow instructors to your course.

Merge additional sections or combine cross-listed sections.

Send a Section Merge Request to combine multiple sections into one shell, or combine cross-listed course sections.

Load new materials or transfer course materials from a previous course.

Upload your Syllabus and other files to your course or My Files directory. Or, you may want to Copy a Previous Course or Master Shell.

Test your course using the Student View tool

Use the Student View tool to test your course from your students' point of view.

Make the course available.

Refer to Making Your Course Available. You may make the course available to students up to one week prior to the official start date of the session.

Support and Training

The Center for Distance Education will be your main point of contact for faculty support and training: e-mail CDE Support. We offer Blackboard Workshops for you to learn how to take advantage of Blackboard for your courses.

Please direct students with technical performance and login issues to e-mail the Help Desk.