Office Of Smith IT
Smith School of Business
Van Munching Hall, Rm 3520
College Park, MD 20742
(for Blackboard Requests)
Mon-Fri (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Getting Started with a Blackboard Course
GetStarted.pdf is a quick checklist of things to think
about at the
beginning of the semester.
The more inclusive Intro
to Blackboard document contains much more information -
all the basics for getting started and for later.
You will need to use UM Directory ID and password to gain
access to BB courses and other spaces. You also need to
setup valid email address in order to receive messages sent
from BB. Click for details.
Course instructors are required to request term-based
every semester using ELMS Management Tool.
To request your course(s):
Login to Blackboard,
go to Faculty Resources tab, then
a Course or Organization Space. View
You can also request other non-term
based BB courses and Organization spaces
for variable purposes.
All term-based courses (excepts Graduate courses) will be
Unavailability to students
3-weeks after a semester is over. So,
STUDENTS: If there are any course contents you want
to keep longer, you need to save the documents from your
course to your local computer as soon as you can, any time
before the course is Unavailable for you.
If you or the students have concerns regarding this policy,
please send email to Registrar Customer Service at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
and campus OIT at <email@example.com>.
Note that sometime instructors may set a course site or any
section of materials unavailable to students, for contents
policy, All term-based courses that are 2-years or older
will be purged from BB system, once a year in Summer. To be
specific, ALL Calendar year 2007 courses - Winter
2007 through Fall 2007 will be COMPLETELY REMOVED during
Summer 2010. So, both Faculty and Students: If you
want to save any course documents, PLEASE be prepared in
advance. There is NO Way to get your course documents back
once the course be removed.
Instructor can request to add TA, Course Builder to their
If you need to add paid TA or Co-Instructor to course,
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, those users will need
to be added from SIS. To add other users to your term-based
course, such as a staff member who will help build course
material, a guest lecturer, an observer, mentor, or someone
you are mentoring, please send email to Smith IT at
<email@example.com>, along with a brief/short
description about why the user needs such access.
Click for details
Course Instructors are given a Student account access
automatically when the course is created. This account is
intended to allow faculty to access their Blackboard courses
from the student perspective (rather than Instructor). The
login ID will be "elms-faculty-yourUID".
This account password will expire at end of each semester,
and you can reset it by going to
BB system >
Faculty Resources tab
> Common Tasks for Instructors frame >
Set your elms-faculty account password.