There are 3 ways to make your course available:
Set the course status from the Course list page.
Choose Open when you're ready for students to participate.
|OPTION #2 - NOT RECOMMENDED AT THIS TIME|
Use the Make Available tool from your Original course's Home Page.
NOTE: This tool is ONLY available from the Home Page. If you change your course's landing page, you will not see this tool unless you go to the Home Page.
There is a bug in Blackboard where the lock will continue to display as unavailable and the instructor will receive an error message even if you use the Open Course method (#1 above) or change the course properties (#3 below). Blackboard is aware of this bug, but there is no ETA for when it will be fixed.
Modify the course's properties.