Make your Blackboard Course Available or Unavailable

A Blackboard course must be made available before students enrolled in the course will be able to view or access the course and its content.

How to Make a Course Available – Qwickly: Course Availability

  1. On the my MiraCosta College page (this is the first page you see after logging on to Blackboard).
  2. Click on Course Availability under my Qwickly Tools on the right side of the page.
  3. Click on the Off button.  The button will change to On.  Your course is now available for student access.
  4. Click the My MiraCosta College link to refresh the page.

my Qwickly Tools Course Availability

My Qwickly Tools Off to On

Refresh Blackboard Page

How to Make a Course Available – Traditional Blackboard Method

Tutorial: Making your Course Available

  1. Enter your Blackboard course.
  2. Under Control Panel click Customization
  3. Select Properties
  4. In the Set Availability section, click Yes to make the course available to use
  5. Click Submit.

How to Make a Course Unavailable – Traditional Blackboard Method

  1. Enter your Blackboard course.
  2. Under Control Panel click Customization
  3. Select Properties
  4. In the Set Availability section, click No to make the course available to use
  5. Click Submit.

If your course is unavailable, only instructors, course builders, teaching assistants, and graders can see and access unavailable course.

Students cannot access unavailable courses.

End of Semester Blackboard Tasks for Faculty

The following are important tasks for faculty to complete at the end of each semester in Blackboard.

1.  Grade Center: Review the Student Total Column and Export your Grade Center
At the end of the semester it is important to ensure that your student grades are calculated correctly. Also, export a copy of the grade center to an Excel file so that you have it available for future student grade questions and appeals.

2.  Course Availability:  Make Your Course Unavailable
To restrict students from access to your course, change the availability of each course from on to off.

3.  Archive: Archive your Course
Download your course as a backup with students records for possible future use.

Safari: How to set your browser to download the ZIP file and not unzip/extract it

Faculty that are trying to download the ZIP file that was produced during a Blackboard course export, downloads as a file folder and not a ZIP file.  An opened ZIP file will not import to Blackboard and will produce the error:

Fatal: A fatal error has occurred. The reason for the error is:

The provided package could not be expanded or contains no file data.
For more information, consult the detailed log.
Status: The operation import did not complete.

This is happens due to a setting in Safari that automatically extracts the contents of a ZIP file when it is downloaded. To  fix this and download the file in an unopened ZIP format:

  1.  Open Safari
  2.  Open the Preferences menu:
    In Mac OS X: Click Safari > Preferences
  3. In the window that opens, click General
  4. Remove the check from the box beside “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading”
  5. Download the file again

Now try the Blackboard import again with the new file.

MAC - Open "safe" Files after downloading



Start of the Semester Blackboard Tasks

Welcome to the Spring 2015 semester at MiraCosta College.

If you are teaching with Blackboard make your Course Available for student view prior to or on the first day of your class.

Course Content

If you would like to reuse course content you can export it and then import it to the new course.

Sample Students

You have a sample student account on Bb enrolled in each course you teach. This is so that you can experience your course as a student would and test your course content, settings, assignments, exams, etc. Your student account username has –student appended to your usual MCC login (Example: kkorstad-student).

If you need assistance with your password contact the Employee Helpdesk at 760-795-6850.

Have a good start to the semester.

Karen Korstad
Faculty Technology Specialist

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