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Managing Course Terms

Course terms are used to define the beginning and end of a period of study. You can make courses available during a specific course term. To learn more about setting course properties, see Managing Courses.

To view the currently defined terms, access the Administrator Panel. In the Courses section, click Terms. On the Terms page, a table displays the following information:

  • Name: The name of each term.
  • Duration: The duration for each term.
  • Availability: Whether the term has been made available in the system.
  • Data Source: How the term was created within the system.
  • Courses: The number of courses currently associated with a term. Click the number to see a list of associated courses. For more information on associating a term with a course, see Creating Courses.

How to Create or Edit a Term

  1. On the Administrator Panel, in the Courses section, click Terms.
  2. To create a new term, click Create Term on the action bar.

    -OR-

    To edit an existing term, access the term's contextual menu and select Edit.

  3. On the Edit Term page, type a Name and optional Description.
  4. For Availability, select Yes to make the term available to courses throughout Blackboard Learn. Select No to make the term unavailable.
  5. Set the Duration for the term.
    • Continuous: Create a term with no beginning or end.
    • Select Dates: Set calendar dates for the beginning and end of the term. The Start Date must be earlier than the End Date. Courses become available on the morning of the start date (00:01). Courses become unavailable on the evening of the end date (23:59).
    • Days from the end of enrollment: Define a course term as beginning at the close of course enrollment and lasting a specified number of days.
  6. Click Submit.

How to Delete Terms

When a term is deleted, the action cannot be undone. Use caution when deleting terms that have courses associated with them.

  1. On the Administrator Panel, in the Courses section, click Terms.
  2. On the Terms page, access the term's contextual menu and select Delete. Alternatively, use the check boxes to select one or more terms and click Delete on the action bar.

How to View Courses Associated With Terms

  1. On the Administrator Panel, in the Courses section, click Terms.
  2. On the Terms page, access the term's contextual menu and select View Courses. Alternatively, click the number in the Courses column.
  3. The Courses for term page shows all courses associated with a term, as well as:
    • Course ID
    • Course Name
    • Date Created
    • Instructor Username
    • Instructor Name
    • Data Source Key