Blackboard course shells for WT2021 and SP2021 were created on November 30, 2020.
NOTE: In recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing social distancing practices, UMBC’s spring session will mostly be online with some exceptions. Please review the Spring 2021 Course Information and these resources to prepare:
- DoIT’s Academic Continuity & Student Technology Resources
- Instructional Technology Training
- Faculty Development Center’s Keep On Teaching resources
- Check our extensive FAQ collection
About WT/SP2021 Course Shells
The Ultra Course Preview setting is again enabled in WT/SP2021 courses to allow faculty adoption with anupdated support schedule of Ultra (see prior announcement). The Ultra Course Preview tool allows faculty to convert an existing Original course and see what it looks like in Ultra.
Ally, an accessibility tool, is also enabled in all course shells as of last summer. Ally automatically scans uploaded and created course content, then performs a series of steps to make that content more accessible. Please review the Ally FAQs for more information about the accessibility indicators on course content and alternative formats.
- If you are an instructor, and your name is not associated with the course you are teaching in the SOC, please see your Departmental Scheduling Coordinator to resolve the issue. Once you are listed in the SOC, your Bb course shell will be created automatically.
- If you and your Department Scheduling Coordinator believe you are correctly assigned as the instructor of record in the SOC and you do not see your course shell in Blackboard, please submit a Request Tracker (RT) ticket via my.umbc.edu/help.
- If you need a Bb shell for a research or independent study course, please submit a new course request.
Instructors who teach multiple sections of the same course will find those enrollments merged into one Bb course shell. These sections may be split upon request by an RT ticket, which we recommend submitting at least one week before the semester starts, if not as soon as courses are created in Blackboard.
Student enrollment in Bb mirrors the official registration in SA and updates hourly. However, courses are not accessible to students by default until the instructor of record makes them available.
As always, if you have any questions about teaching, learning and technology at UMBC, please consider the following options: