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Create Organizations

At this time, all organizations appear in the Original view, regardless of the selected view for courses. Organization settings remain the same as in the Original experience of Blackboard Learn.

Create new organizations in the Admin Panel > Organizations > Create Organization > New.

Each new organization you create must have an Organization Name and an Organization ID. Further options are detailed in the following table.


This table describes each optional field for creating new organizations. Some fields are not supported in the Ultra experience at this time.

Field Description
General Information
Organization Name
Organization names don't have to be unique. For example, you can have three organizations titled "Shakespeare Recitation."

You can change organization names at any time. The maximum length is 255 characters. This field is searchable.

Organization ID
Organization IDs must be unique. For example, if you have three "Student Government" organizations, create three different organization IDs, such as studgov01, studgov02, and studgov03.

You can use numbers, letters, hyphens (-), underscores (_), and periods (.). All other characters, including spaces, are prohibited.

You can't change organizations IDs after you create them. This field is searchable.

Description* *Although your information is stored, the description is not currently used in the Ultra experience.

Descriptions appear in the organization catalog listing. Include an organization summary and enrollment instructions.

Subject Area and Discipline* *Although your information is stored, the subject area and discipline are not currently used in the Ultra experience.

Subject areas and disciplines group related organizations together for easier searching and browsing in the organization catalog.

Term Terms assign organization availability to specific periods of time, such as sessions and days from end of enrollment. You can manage terms, from the Administrator Panel > Courses > Terms.
Available When you make an organization unavailable, users can't see, access, or self-enroll.
Duration This defines the time period the organization will remain available. Available organizations are open to students to access or self-enroll in if an organization allows self-enrollment.

Select Continuous to keep the organization constantly available with no date restrictions.

You can Select Dates to limit organization availability to specific dates. The start and end times are set automatically. The organization will start at midnight and the end at 11:59:59.

To limit organization availability to a specific number of days after a student enrolls, select Days from the Date of Enrollment and provide the number of days.

Guest Access
Guests Permitted You can allow or prohibit unauthenticated users to enroll in organizations. Users can make settings inside an organization that can limit what content and tools are available to guests.
Select Organization Catalog Category* *Although your information is stored, the organization catalog is not supported in the Ultra experience at this time.

The category determines where the organization description appears in the organization catalog.

Institutional Hierarchy Nodes
Add Node Institutional Hierarchy is available if your institution has access to the Community Engagement features.

To make an organization available in more than one institution, select Find Node.

Select whether to search for the node by Name, Description, or Identifier. Select a search condition from the drop-down list: Contains, Equal To, Starts With, or Not Blank. Provide the search term and select Go. In the search results, select the check box of each institution you want to add the organization to. Select Submit.

Administrators create nodes on the Hierarchy page.

Current Banner Image Shows the current image that appears at the top of an organization's Announcements page.

We recommend a banner image size of approximately 480 by 80 pixels and the JPEG, GIF, or PNG format.

New Banner Image Select Browse to replace the image with another. The new image does not display until you select Submit to save the organization information.

To delete the existing image without replacing it, select Remove.

Organization Cartridge
Organization Cartridge Leader Download Key Provide an access key to use an organization cartridge with the organization. The organization cartridge is available after you select Submit.
Enrollment Options
Leader/System Administrator You can require that a leader or administrator handles all enrollments for the organization. You can also allow students to email enrollment requests to leaders for approval.
Self Enrollment Allow users to enroll themselves in the organization. You can limit self-enrollment by time period or access code. If you select Require Access Code to Enroll, provide the text to use for the access code.
Language Pack
Language Pack The language pack defines the text that appears on buttons, titles, and other navigation items.
Default Content View
Content View Your options are icon only, text only, or icon and text.