Follow these steps to organize and prepare your online classroom. Download the resources to guide you through the set-up process.
How to Access Your Course
Log in to Single Sign-On (login.nu.edu).
Click on the Blackboard tile.
From the Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation landing page, select the Courses tab in the left-hand menu.
Click on the course title link to access the course.
For additional information about the Ultra Base Navigation see the section below.
About Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation
This new navigation menu has a modern look and feel and will save you time with simpler workflows and easier access to important information. It includes links to new pages such as the Activity Stream, Calendar, and course Messages, that provide quick access to the most critical information consolidated from all your courses.
Updating the Syllabus
Most of the Syllabus has already been pre-populated with policies established at the program or university level.
Faculty only need to update the following areas:
Recommended Textbooks (Optional)
Add sections to create interest and student engagement while also communicating what your students can expect from the class and from you. Learn more about the steps by accessing these curated resources.
Saving and Emailing the Syllabus As a PDF
Once you have added the details to the Syllabus, download and email a PDF of the syllabus to all your students, welcoming them to the course, at least two weeks before the start of your course.
*In compliance with FERPA policy, all course related correspondence should be sent using NU issued email addresses for both faculty and students. As a teaching best practice, you can send mass communications to your students directly from your Blackboard course, which is auto populated with all NU email addresses.
Update the Course Calendar
You can use the Course Calendar to provide students with dates for course-related events. Common entries include: upcoming tests, due dates for assignments, or special lectures.
Set Up Blackboard Retention Center
The Retention Center helps you discover which students in your course are at risk. Based on default rules and rules you create, students' engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to potential risk.