Thursday, December 5, 2013

New Date Management Tool

On December 20th we will install a new Blackboard tool called "Date Management." This tool will make it easy for you to adjust all the due dates and item availability dates in your course. If you have a lot of dates to change in your courses, you may want to wait until this tool is available before changing them one-by-one.

Watch a short video to see how it will work at We do not use terms on our system, so follow the steps below to adjust the dates for a normal full semester course from Fall 2013 to Spring 2014.

Steps to use the Date Management Tool in Spring 2014:

  1. Copy your course from this semester into the spring semester container as usual
  2. Go into the spring semester container
  3. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Date Management
  4. Click "Use Course Start Date"
  5. Current Start Date: 08/19/2013 (a late start class would have had a different start date)
  6. New: 01/27/2014 (adjust as needed for shorter classes)
  7. Click the Start button

Once this process completes, you can easily fine tune all the dates in your course using the Date Management Review page. This review page will be available from then on through Control Panel > Course Tools > Date Management.

If you want to play with this tool now, it's available on the Blackboard test server at

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