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Set Up Edline

When your district or school purchases Edline, the Blackboard Technical Support team will send the super user setup information to get started with setting up your website. Based on the software application your district or school currently uses, Edline has tools to facilitate uploading your data to launch your website. Edline will provide you with additional documentation that steps you through configuring Edline using your specific Student Information System (SIS) software, our Live Link tool, or one of Edline’s other upload processes.

The first time the super user signs into the Edline site, it will not have any school information (teachers, students, classes, or schedules). As the super user, you (or someone designated as the data uploader) will upload your school information according to the instructions sent by a support representative. With the data uploaded to Edline, your accounts and teacher pages are created. You can then set user permissions, design the website, and your teachers can add content to their teacher class pages.

Overview of School Setup

Please follow the instructions sent by the Blackboard support team when configuring Edline. The Blackboard support team will provide instructions tailored to your district or school.

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What do Parents and Students See

The Setting Up Edline topic steps the super user through setting up your school to use Edline for the first time. The steps include:

Step 1: Upgrade the Software You Use with Edline

It is recommended that you upgrade any grading software or Student Information System (SIS) program you may be using before you begin using Edline. Many of these software programs have created special options to link to Edline, making the setup easier to complete.

Step 2: Retrieve Lists of People and Classes in Your School

If your school uses a Student Information System (SIS) program, the data you need for Edline should be easily accessible. You will be provided with additional documentation about which Edline method you will use to extract or create lists of the students, teachers, classes, and schedules. If you do not use an SIS program, you will be given different instructions.

Step 3: Upload People and Classes into Edline

After the lists of your classes, students, teachers, and schedules have been created or extracted with an Edline tool, you will upload the data into Edline using either an automated tool we provide, or the Quick-Sync feature available in the Tools menu.

Step 4: Distribute Activation Codes to Teachers

Before allowing students and parents to sign into Edline, it is recommended that you allow teachers to sign into the program first, so they can become familiar with Edline and add content to their class pages. Print the activation codes for the teachers only. They can activate their account as described in the Activate Your Account topic. Teachers can add content to their class pages after activating their account, as they automatically become the super user of their class during the upload process.

Step 5: Have Teachers Setup Their Class Web Pages

Teachers are the super users for the classes they teach. They can personalize their class pages by displaying pictures, adding homework assignments, entering class notes, posting grades, updating class calendars, class news, and any other data they want to add. The online help details how teachers can add content.

Step 6: Distribute Activation Codes to Students and Parents

When your school website is ready for use, print or email the activation codes for students and their parents. Edline enables you to print activation codes alphabetically so you can mail them home, or pass them out at conferences. You can also print the activation codes by teacher and class if you want your teachers to pass them out during class. A letter is available in the online help for sending parent codes.

Blackboard provides a sample activation letter to parents in Microsoft® Word® format so that you can download and edit it to fit your needs. Blackboard recommends that schools distribute activation codes at school events to increase parental activation rates. Plus, providing students time in your school computer lab to activate their accounts increases their usage of your website, rather than sending them home with their parent codes.