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Course Set-Up

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

  1. Log in to Single Sign-On (login.nu.edu). 

  2. Click on the Blackboard tile.

  3. From the Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation landing page, select the Courses tab in the left-hand menu.

  4. 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:

  • Instructor Profile

  • Office Hours

  • Recommended Textbooks (Optional)

  • Course Overview

  • Course Expectations

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.

Creating and Editing Announcements

Announcements are an ideal way to post time-sensitive information critical to course success.

Set Due Dates

Our resource guide provides an overview on how to set the due dates on Assignments, Discussion Forums, and Tests.

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.

Using the Student Preview

Review all course content (exams, assignments, discussions, readings) to ensure they are all available to students.

Master Course Feedback Form

If you happen to find errors in the course content, please report the information to your lead faculty by filling out the Master Course Feedback Form.

Course Set-up Checklist

A customized list to help you prepare for the first week of the term.


Use these resources to create, publish, and grade discussion board activities in your online classroom.