The CU-Online office is responsible for Blackboard and eCollege course software systems. Faculty offering online courses should request an eCollege shell. Faculty offering other (not online) courses may choose either Blackboard or eCollege solutions to aid in their instruction and communication with students. CU Online provides training and support for both of these options. You can find answers to most of your questions under the Faculty Resources section of the CU Online Web site.
BlackBoard Course Shells
All CLAS courses (except those that are online) are "flagged" in the Student Information System (SIS) to request a Blackboard shell. Once an instructor name is associated with a course section, and Blackboard shells have been made available by CUOnline to all instructors for that particular semester, any instructor should be able to see their course shell by logging in to the Blackboard system using their nine-digit login (000+employee ID), and their unique four-digit PIN generated by the CUOnline office. Instructors who do not know (or have misplaced) their PIN should send an email to CU Online help for assistance.
Content from a previous course can be rolled into a new course shell, and multi-section course shells can be merged into one shell. Faculty needing either of these options can visit the CU Online Faculty Resources page and complete the appropriate request. Course shells are generated approximately two months before the start of a semester. Blackboard shells remain active for faculty indefinitely, and are available to students from the first day of class until two weeks after the class has ended.
Instructors who have difficulty gaining access to their Blackboard shells should contact Beverly Andes, the CLAS Course and Curriculum Coordinator, for assistance.
In addition to the course shell generating automatically, student names and email addresses are loaded into the shells as well. Course and student information will auto-update three times daily during the week. The names and email addresses of Metro students in pooled UCD/Metro courses will not automatically be included in the student roster list. This information, however, can be entered in by the CUOnline office. To do this, course instructors must submit a request to CU Online help, and include the Metro students' Full Name, Metro Student ID #, Metro email address, and UCD course and section number.
E-College Course Shells
All CLAS online courses are administered through eCollege. eCollege shells are not automatically generated. Faculty offering online courses should contact Kate Miller when they are ready to begin working on their course shells. Email communications to Kate should include the term in which the course will be offered, the department course and section numbers, and whether you'd like a blank course shell or content from a previous semester. eCollege course shells remain active for faculty indefinitely, and are active for students from the first day your course is scheduled to begin until two weeks after your course is scheduled to end. To double check start and end dates for your course, contact Beverly Andes.