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An active course is defined by the term dates and/or the availability. However, students and instructors can view a list of all of their courses, whether the course is available or not. Availability controls whether students can access the content. When an instructor marks a course as completed, the course is still accessible by students, but in a read-only state.

Related FAQ -> What is the difference between course availability and course completion?

Courses are associated with academic or administrative codes known as terms. Some terms, such as Fall or Spring, have a start and an end date while other terms, such as Course Development or Training, are continuous. 

The course's term defines where it appears on the Courses page, which is similar to how the original Blackboard dashboard organized courses by term.

Navigating the Courses Page

  1. Use the arrows at the top of the course page to navigate to the appropriate term.
  2. Click on Current Courses to change the filter to another term.
  3. Use the search field to look for your courses.

If the course appears on a separate term course page before the semester starts, then it will move to the Current Courses page after it is made available. After the course is completed, it should move back to its specific term page.


Current Courses Page

Where are Term-Specific Courses?

Term-Specific Subsection

Assorted Dates Sub Section

(e.g., Spring 2018, Fall 2018, etc.)

A course card will be listed under a Term-Specific subsection on the Current Courses page when:

  • The course is available to students
  • The term has fixed date range ending after D=today

Courses appear in the Current Courses section so enrolled users can have easy access.

A course card will be listed under the Assorted Dates subsection page when:

  • The course is available to students
  • The course OR its associated term is set to continuous

Courses appear in the Current Courses section so enrolled users can have easy access.

A course card will also be listed under a defined Term-Specific course page if its:

  • Term has fixed date range ending before D=today


Example:

  • A SP2018course will appear on the Current Courses page, even if the semester is over because it is still available.

Example:

  • A training course with continuous availability will always show up on the Current Courses page.
Example:
  • If the current term is Fall 2018, then it will appear on the Fall 2018 courses page.

Exception

Terms with overlapping start or end dates in Blackboard will BOTH appear on the Current Courses page. If an instructor modifies the start or end date of a course or sets a course to Continuous, the course will appear on the Current Courses page even if it has officially ended.

See How do I change the start date for my Original Blackboard course?

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