Blackboard Frequently Asked Questions for Instructors

What is my login ID and password?

Existing faculty will login into the myWilmu portal. Firstname.mi.lastname@wilmu.edu (some users with names over the character limit will be given a truncated username, please contact Helpdesk with any questions.

  1. Log in to myWilmU
  2. Type in username and password
  3. On the myWilmu homepage, you will see a tab titled My Blackboard. Click on the course name to enter Blackboard

How do I set up my course on Blackboard?

Faculty who teach hybrid or online course will have a course shell already prepared for you. If you teach face to face, you may course copy from a previous same titled course to your new term. Or, if you prefer, you can request a copy from the online template to modify if you wish.

Blackboard Course Content Requests

Online Content for Online, Hybrid, or Face-to-Face courses

Face-to-Face content to Face-to-Face Course

When will my Blackboard course site be created?

Blackboard course sites are created approximately 5-7 weeks for prior to the start of each semester for all courses offered for that semester.

How will my course be displayed in Blackboard?

Course naming will follow the same convention used in the registration process.

Course ID: CRN (Course Registration Number)

Example of what the new Course ID syntax looks like on the Blackboard course menu:

Blackboard Course ID Example

How will students be enrolled in or dropped from my Blackboard class?

Students will be automatically enrolled in or dropped from your Blackboard class within 12 hours of registering for or dropping your course. Faculty do not need to add or drop students individually or request that they be enrolled or dropped, it is up to the student to initiate that withdraw or add.

How long will my course and course content be on Blackboard?

Courses will stay on Blackboard for 3 semesters or one year, so a course taught in Fall will not be removed from the system until after following Fall semester begins. Instructors will receive an email notification of the specific removal date giving them time to archive their course before the course is permanently removed from the system. See Semester Procedures for more information.

I only teach in the Spring/Fall semester of each year. How do I save my course for later use?

As the Instructor, you have the responsibility to Export the course material at the end of each semester. Exporting is a process for saving course content for reuse. This export will be stored on your computer's hard drive, and from there burned to a CD or other storage media. You can export specific parts or your entire course. Or faculty who still have access to an older course, can complete a course copy from one term to the next. Or, faculty may request support from edtech@wilmu.edu and provide Course CRN origination and destination numbers.

How can I have a course removed that is less than 1 year old?

Courses will not be removed on a course by course basis; they will be automatically removed 14 months after the start date of the course. Please export your course to back it up. You can choose not to display course titles in your "My Courses" list in Blackboard after the course is completed. Here's how to hide a course from your My Courses list.

How can I get help with Blackboard?

For technical support and self-paced tutorials, contact our Helpdesk. Blackboard help is available online and by phone.

For in-person training classes and one-on-one Blackboard training opportunities, visit the Educational Technology Training Center or email edtech@wilmu.edu.

How can I have a course removed that is less than 1 year old?

Courses will not be removed on a course by course basis; they will be automatically removed 14 months after the start date of the course. Please export your course to back it up. You can choose not to display course titles in your "My Courses" list in Blackboard after the course is completed. Here's how to hide a course from your "My Courses list…

How can I get help with Blackboard?

For technical support and self-paced tutorials, contact the Helpdesk. Blackboard help is available online and by phone.

For in-person training classes and one-on-one Blackboard training opportunities, visit the Educational Technology Training Center.