How do I make my Blackboard course available to students?

By default, Blackboard courses are visible only to the instructor until instructors choose to make the course available to students.

There are two methods of opening a course up to students:

1. Courses can be made available through the Courses tab.

To make a course available: 

  1. Click the Courses tab in the left navigation bar.
  2. Find the course.
  3. Click the three horizontal dots on the right.
  4. Select  Open Course

2. Courses can be made available inside of the Customization menu.

Note: This information is for the Original Course View only.


To make a course available to students:

  • Select Customization under the Course Management Control Panel for a course site.

  • Select Properties from the items below Customization to display the Properties page.

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  • Under Set Availability, select Yes.

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  • Click Submit.

Please note: even if you have made your course available, students may not be able to access the course if the availability dates of your course are incorrect. On the Properties page, ensure that the Start and End Dates under Set Course Duration are correct, or that the course duration is set to Continuous.