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Blackboard (Faculty): Frequently Asked Questions

What is Blackboard?
Blackboard is a web-based interactive learning environment (course management system) that supports learning and teaching in face-to-face, blended, and College on Demand online classes at WCC. It allows you, the instructor, to post grades, information, and assignments. Students can access class materials as well as interact with you and other students while completing class goals.

How do I get a Blackboard website?
  1. If you have not yet done so, setup your netID at Account Management. You access Blackboard with your netID and password.

  2. Request a Blackboard class website at www.wccnet.edu/bbrequestform.

  3. We will notify you by email once we have created your website, and you may then log in to Blackboard at blackboard.wccnet.edu with your netID and password.

If you need help in designing your Blackboard class website, review our Blackboard Faculty training schedule at http://www.wccnet.edu/resources/computerresources/blackboard/facultytraining.php or call 734-477-8724.

I have a Blackboard website, how do I get a new one or copy an existing one?
Request a new or copied Blackboard website at www.wccnet.edu/bbrequestform. We will notify you by email once we have created your new Blackboard class website.

How do I log in to Blackboard?
  1. Go to the Blackboard log in page at blackboard.wccnet.edu.

  2. Click on User Login.

  3. Enter your netID and password and click the Login button.
If you do not know your netID or password, visit Account Management.

How do I learn how to use Blackboard in my classes?
The Center for Instructional Design and Technology (The Center) offers a variety of ways for you to learn how to use the Blackboard course management system. You can attend formal training sessions or come during Open Lab times.

The formal training sessions offered by The Center cover all aspects of Blackboard. Each session focuses on a different aspect or feature of Blackboard and you can attend them in almost any order. You may access the most recent training schedule at www.wccnet.edu/resources/computerresources/blackboard/facultytraining.php.

At the top of the training schedule ( www.wccnet.edu/resources/computerresources/blackboard/facultytraining.php ), you will find the Open Lab times. These times allow you to get one-on-one help using Blackboard and designing your class.

How will my students get access to my Blackboard website?
Your class roster for the semester is automatically uploaded to your Blackboard website at least one day before the semester begins and students are continuously added as they register throughout the semester. If you need students added earlier, contact the Blackboard Help Desk at 734-477-8724 or blackboard@wccnet.edu .

NOTE: Students are not automatically removed from your Blackboard website if they drop your class.

Students are able to access your Blackboard website only if it is marked as available.

To set up class availability for your students:
  • Log in to your Blackboard website.
  • Find the Control Panel, beneath your course menu on the left side of the screen.
  • Select Properties in the section called Customization at the lower left.
  • Find the setting called Make Course Available.
  • Select Yes if you want the website to be available to students; select No if you do not want your students to have access to your website.
  • Click Submit to finish.


How do I grant non-student Blackboard users access to my Blackboard website?
First you need to choose what rights you want the user to have on your website. Here are the options:
  • Instructor – this role grants the user full access to your class materials, including add/modify/delete permissions. This role also grants the capability to change another user's role in the class. Users with the Instructor role will also receive emails from students who email the Instructor.
  • Teaching Assistant – this role grants the user full access to your class materials, just like Instructor. This user may not change another user’s role in the class and does not receive student emails sent to the Instructor.
  • Course Builder – this role grants all rights that the Teaching Assistant has, except the user cannot Archive or Export the Blackboard website or access the Early Warning System.
  • Grader – this role grants restricted access to the class Control Panel. This user may access the Gradebook and the Early Warning System but cannot otherwise modify the course.
First, enroll the user as a student, as follows:
  1. Go to your Blackboard website Control Panel.
  2. Click Enroll User.
  3. Search for the user you wish to add to your class.
    Note: If the user does not exist in the system, they will need to contact the system administrator. All WCC employees should have a Blackboard username.
  4. Check the box next to the user you wish to enroll.
  5. Click Submit.
Second, change the person's course role to one of the choices above:
  1. Go to your Blackboard website Control Panel.
  2. Click List/Modify Users.
  3. Search for the user you wish to modify.
  4. Click Properties for the user.
  5. Click the radio button to the left of the permission level you wish to grant the user.
    Note: Guest access is disabled at Washtenaw Community College. Setting a user with a role of Guest will result in them being unable to access your Blackboard website.


How do I deny a student access to my Blackboard website?
There are two ways to deny student access to your Blackboard website. You can make the website unavailable to an individual student or you can remove the student from your Blackboard website.

Making Your Blackboard Website Unavailable to an Individual Student
Use this option if you want to deny a student access to your website but you have not received official email notification from Enrollment Services that the student has dropped or withdrawn. To make your Blackboard website unavailable to a student, use this process:
  • Log in to your Blackboard website.
  • Click on the Control Panel on the lower left side of the screen.
  • Click on List/Modify Users in the section called User Management at the top right.
  • Use the Search box to find the student whose access you are changing.
  • Click on Properties next to the student's name.
  • Scroll down to Section 4, Role and Availability, and change "Available (this course only)" to No.
  • Click the Submit button.
  • Repeat this process for each student.
Removing a Student from Your Blackboard Website
You use this option when you have received notification via email from Enrollment Services that a student has dropped/withdrawn from your class. When you remove a student from your Blackboard website, this deletes all grade information and submitted assignments from your grade book for that student. To remove a student from your website:
  • Log in to your Blackboard website.
  • Click on the Control Panel on the lower left side of the screen.
  • Click on Remove Users from Course in the section called User Management at the top right.
  • Use the Search box to find the student(s) you wish to remove.
  • Check the box by the name of the student(s) you wish to remove.
  • Be sure to type the word Yes and hit the Submit button.


What happens to my Blackboard website at the end of the semester?
Six weeks after the end of a semester, Blackboard websites will automatically be made unavailable. If you would like to make your course unavailable sooner:
  • Log in to your Blackboard website.
  • Click on the Control Panel on the lower left side of the screen.
  • Click on Settings in the section called Course Options at the lower left.
  • Click on Course Availability.
  • Select "No" to make the course unavailable.


My Blackboard class list is crowded with old course websites. How can I clean it up?
Each course that you have access to is listed alphabetically on the Blackboard Welcome Screen under My Courses. Over time this list can become unmanageably large. You can make this list shorter and still have access to your course under the My Courses tab.

To customize the My Courses list on the Welcome Screen, follow this process:
  • Click the Pencil Tip icon on the right side of the My Courses title bar.
  • On the course list, uncheck the boxes under Display Course Name and Display Announcements for the courses you no longer want listed on the My Courses Welcome Screen.
  • Click on Submit.
These courses will no longer show on your Welcome Screen. If you want to access them, just click on the My Courses tab and you will find them listed there.

Should I make an archive copy of my Blackboard website? How do I do it?
Once your course website is two years old, it is due to be purged from the system soon. The Blackboard Support Group will notify you before this is done. Prior to the site being removed, you may want to download an archive copy of the website in case you need to get it back.

To make an archive copy of your Blackboard website, follow these steps:
  1. Go to your course website's Control Panel.
  2. Click Archive Course.
  3. Click the Archive button.
  4. Click Submit.
    Note: The archive process may take a bit of time. Blackboard should email you when the archive is ready to download.
  5. Return to the Archive Course menu.
  6. Click the file link for your course archive. The filename should contain the course ID and the date and time (e.g., ArchiveFile_COM10101SBW08_20080307021749.zip).
  7. Save the file to your computer or other backup media for storage.


How can I get additional Blackboard help?
In addition to this FAQ page and the Blackboard Guidelines (PDF), the Blackboard Help Desk is located in the Gunder Myran Building on the second floor above the library in Room GM225 or GM227. We are available to help with your Blackboard-related questions and concerns in person, by telephone, or by email during these hours:
  • Monday – Thursday, 8:30am to 11:00pm
  • Friday, 8:30am to 10:00pm
  • Saturday, 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday, 8:30am to 9:00pm
734-477-8724
blackboard@wccnet.edu




  1. What is Blackboard?

  2. How do I get a Blackboard website?

  3. I have a Blackboard website, how do I get a new one or copy an existing one?

  4. How do I log in to Blackboard?

  5. How do I learn how to use Blackboard in my classes?

  6. How will my students get access to my Blackboard website?

  7. How do I grant non-student Blackboard users access to my Blackboard website?

  8. How do I deny a student access to my Blackboard website?

  9. What happens to my Blackboard website at the end of the semester?

  10. My Blackboard class list is crowded with old course websites. How can I clean it up?

  11. Should I make an archive copy of my Blackboard website? How do I do it?

  12. How can I get additional Blackboard help?

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