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The following support article provides information for instructors on using features in the Courses tab of Ultra Base Navigation to find and organize courses for instructors. Features include marking courses as a favorite, using the hide and show option, searching for courses in the Course Catalog, and finding courses from previous terms.

Courses Features

The Courses tab in Ultra Base Navigation contains many features for instructors to be able to control and organize how courses are visible to them in the Current Courses list.

Course lists are automatically organized into a static list in alphabetical order.

Using Favorites is the best way to move current and important courses to the top of the Current Courses list. Instructors can also hide and show courses to remove or add them to their Current Courses list.

An instructor can use the Course Catalog to see all of the courses they are enrolled in as an instructor. The Terms feature allows courses from previous semesters to be removed from the Current Courses list. The last three years of courses can be found in these Terms.

Mark Courses as Favorites

Marking a course as a favorite in the Courses tab will move it to the top of the course list under a section labeled Favorites. This makes courses from the current semester easier to find or courses that are frequently opened more accessible.

Courses can be marked as favorites from either the list or tile view of the course by clicking the star icon. If a course is marked as a favorite, this icon will be purple.

The Courses tab in Ultra Base Navigation with the Favorites section of courses highlighted with a blue circle and an arrow pointing to the purple star icon within a course to indicate that the course has been marked as a favorite.

By clicking the star icon a second time, the course will be unmarked as a favorite and will move down into the list of courses in alphabetical order.

Two course tiles with arrows pointing to the empty star icons that indicate that the courses have not been marked as favorites.

Hide/Show Courses

Courses can be hidden from the Current Course list and unhidden if the user is enrolled in the course as an instructor. This capability is not available for courses in which the user is registered as a student. Hiding a course will not hide it from enrolled students, it will only hide it from the instructor’s view.

Hide a Course

Instructors can hide courses by clicking the ellipsis in the course box or tile, and selecting the option for Hide course.

The Current courses tab in Base Navigation with one blue arrow pointing to the ellipsis in one course box and a second blue arrow pointing to the option to Hide course.

Find Hidden Courses

Once a course has been hidden, it will be moved to a separate course list. To see the list of hidden courses, click the Filter drop-down menu (1) and select the option for Hidden from me (2). This will display the list of courses that have been hidden.

The Current courses tab in Base Navigation with one blue arrow pointing to Filter option for courses and a second blue arrow pointing to the option in the drop-down list for Hidden from me.

Show Hidden Courses

To unhide a hidden course, access the Hidden Courses list (1). After finding the course to unhide, click the ellipsis in the course box and select the option for Show course (2). This will move the course back to your “All courses” list. Be sure to change the filter option back to “All courses” to see the courses that have been unhidden.

A screenshot of the filtered course list in Blackboard Ultra that has been filtered to show only Hidden courses. This option is marked with a blue arrow. A second blue arrow indicates where to find the option to unhide a course.

Search in the Course Catalog

To see a more comprehensive list of the courses an instructor is enrolled in, the Course Catalog can be a useful tool. In the Courses tab in Base Navigation, the Course Catalog can be accessed in the upper-right corner.

A screenshot of the Current Courses tab in Blackboard Base Navigation with a blue arrow pointing to the Course Catalog link.

After opening the Course Catalog, changing the first option to Instructor (1) and entering the NetID in the search field (2) will retrieve the list of courses that instructor is teaching.

A screenshot of the search options in the Course Catalog in Blackboard Base Navigation. One blue arrow points to the instructor field. A second blue arrow points the blank text field.

Using the Course Catalog can be particularly useful for instructors that want to see the status of their child courses, which are not visible in the Current Courses tab.

View Courses from Prior Terms

Courses from previous semesters are moved to a separate Term in Blackboard on a regular basis so that they are no longer visible in the Current Courses tab.

Courses from the last three years are retained in Blackboard, with the oldest year of courses being archived and removed from Blackboard each summer. More information on this annual archive process is available on our website.

To view courses from other terms, click the drop-down arrow next to Current Courses. This opens a drop-down menu of the previous terms currently available in Blackboard. Selecting one of these terms will display the relevant courses from only that semester.

A screenshot of the Current Courses tab in Blackboard Base Navigation with a blue arrow pointing to the drop-down arrow next to the words Current Courses that displays the drop-down list of terms.

Adjust Course Availability from Prior Term

If a course has been assigned to a Term with an end date, and the course needs to be reopened, clicking the lock/unlock icon will not make the course available.

To make a course available from a completed term, complete the steps listed below.

  • Open the course and navigate to the Course Management menu
  • Open the Customization options (1) and select Properties (2)
  • Navigate to the SET COURSE DURATION (3) options to make any adjustments to course availability
A screenshot of the course customization properties in a Blackboard Original Course with a focus on the course duration section where instructors can change the availability of a course that has been assigned to a term.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I find a course I taught in Blackboard from more than three years ago?

Answer: To retain space in Blackboard for upcoming courses, CSU Pueblo only retains the last three years of courses within our production instance of Blackboard. Courses older than three years are archived to storage devices and removed from Blackboard every summer.

How can I access a course I taught in Blackboard from more than three years ago?

Answer: To retrieve an older course that has been archived and removed from Blackboard, submit a support ticket to the IT Help Desk with the CRN and semester of the course you are looking for. Academic Technology staff will then temporarily restore the course so that content can be retrieved, copied forward, and/or exported by the instructor as needed.

How can I save a copy of my older courses before they are removed from Blackboard?

Answer: Instructors have the ability to archive and export a zip file of any of the courses for which they are listed as an instructor. These zip files can be uploaded into other templates or courses when needed to review and copy forward content.

Find more information on using the Course Copy function here: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Reuse_Content/Copy_Courses

Find more information on using the Course Export/Archive function here: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Reuse_Content/Export_and_Archive_Courses

How can I see my parent and child courses, or see if any of my courses have been merged?

Answer: Cross-listed courses in Banner/Employee PAWS display in Blackboard as parent/child courses. Students only see the content posted in the parent course. In Ultra Base Navigation, only the parent courses are displayed to the student and instructor. If a course has any child courses associated with it, there will be a column in the grade center labeled CHILD COURSE ID. Any student with a value in this column are enrolled in the child course.

Answer: Instructors can also see all of the courses they are enrolled in as instructors (including child courses) by searching the Course Catalog in the upper right hand corner of the Courses tab with their NetID.

Why do I still see courses from previous semesters in my Current Courses?

Answer: If courses from previous semesters are visible in the Current Courses list, this is because they have not yet been assigned to a Term. This processes is currently managed manually by Academic Technology staff. As an instructor, if the previous courses displaying is bothersome, it is recommended that instructors use the Favorite and Hide Course features to organize courses.

How can I grant access to a student completing an INCOMPLETE in a course that has been assigned to a term and is not available?

Answer: To grant access to a course for only one student who is completing an INCOMPLETE in a course, submit a support ticket to the IT Help Desk with the CRN and semester of the course the student needs access to, and the anticipated end date of that student’s access. Academic Technology staff will then update the availability of the course for that one student. The course will still show to instructors as unavailable to students and only the student with granted access will be able to access the course.

CSU Pueblo IT Help Desk https://www.csupueblo.edu/information-technology/index.html

CSU Pueblo Educational Technology https://www.csupueblo.edu/information-technology/services-and-systems/instructional.html

Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation – Courses https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/SaaS/User_Interface_Options/Ultra_Experience/Base_Navigation/Courses

Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation – Overview https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/SaaS/User_Interface_Options/Ultra_Experience/Base_Navigation

Updated on February 2, 2024

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