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Courses created in Blackboard are available by default to Instructors, TA's, and Course Builders to allow time to work on course updates before students have access to it. Students cannot access a course set to Unavailable, but they will see it listed on their Courses page.

NOTE: Course duration start dates are set by default to 2 weeks prior to the start of the term. A course will not be open to students until the actual date it is set to open. Faculty can change this to another date in Original courses.  If your students do not see the course after you've made it available, please verify the dates under Duration. 

Ultra courses must be manually updated by Instructional Technology. If you would like to make an Ultra course available prior to the default start date for the term, please Open an RT ticket to request a course availability override.

How to set the duration of your course

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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.


Use the Make Available tool from your Original course's Home Page.

  • Log into your course. By default, the Home Page is the first thing you will see.
  • Click on the lock icon in the upper right corner.
    • When unavailable, the icon appears as a closed lock outlined in red.
    • When available, the icon appears as an black open lock outlined in black.

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.


Modify the course's properties.

  • Select and log into the course
  • Select Customization from the Control Panel (lower left side)
  • Select Properties
  • Scroll to property #3 ("Set Availability") and select “Yes”
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page Click Submit

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