A change to course creation for 2021-22

To make it easier to prepare new Blackboard Courses, this year we will be creating them in 1 of 2 ways.

1. If a module ran during the 2020-21 academic year (and keeps the same module code) the course will be created completely empty. This will reduce tutor workload by greatly simplifying the course copying process:

    • No unnecessary items are introduced into the course area by the template, that will need to be removed.
    • The structure and hierarchy of the source course will be preserved exactly, requiring no additional editing and correction. 
Please note that these benefits will only be realised if you select the correct options when performing the course copy. Please pay special attention to the “Making a duplicate of a course” section of the Course Copy instructions for guidance. 

2. If the module is new or has a new module code the course will be created with the standard template.

If you believe that your course has been created incorrectly, either:

  • created empty but you do not have a populated course to copy into it, OR
  • created with the template but you have a populated course you wish to duplicate,

Please get in touch with the TEL Team and we will work with you to resolve the situation.

This is no longer the approach that will be taken, all modules created empty with have the Aston template applied on Monday 23rd August.