Course Site Creation

Video Videos: Blackboard Course Site Creation

How to request a new Blackboard course site (for academic courses):

    1. Log in to Faculty Center with your Cornell NetID.
    2. Click on the “Blackboard Course Site Request” tab.
    3. A listing of your courses for the active term displays and includes the Class Name, and the Subject/Cornell Catalog Number. Click the Change Term button to select a different term.

      If you do not see your course listed, verify that the term (located in the top left corner) is correct. If necessary, click Change Term to update the screen to the upcoming term.
      Please note: Courses that are listed as “Request queued”, with the check box selected, have already been requested – either by you or by someone else. De-selecting the pending request will cause the request to be deleted. If you do not see your course listed, contact your department to make sure that it is listed in PeopleSoft.

  1. Click the checkbox below the course to select it. You must check the checkbox even if this is the only option available for the course. 

    You may have one or two options, “Create One Site/Combined Enrollment” or “Create Individual Sites for Co-Meeting Courses”.
    In some cases, you may only be given the option to create separate sites for a group of classes but you actually want to combine them. If this happens, please email, and we will merge the course sites for you. If you have a co-meeting course and would like individual Blackboard course sites for each section, check “Create Individual Sites for Co-Meeting Courses” option.
  2. Scroll down and click Submit at the bottom right of the screen. You will be prompted to accept Copyright agreement. Click OK to continue.

Once you submit your request:

The Status field on the blackboard course site request page will indicate the status of your course request:

  • Request queued means that your request has not yet been forwarded for Blackboard course site creation. This request can be modified if you desire.
  • Request sent means that your request is being processed for Blackboard course site creation. Modifications at this time are not available from this form; however you can contact for assistance.

The newly generated Blackboard Course ID will display after the course site request has been submitted. Please note that Blackboard Course IDs will now be the Class Number that has been assigned by the Registrar’s Office.

  • If you have a cross-listed course, the course site that is created will combine enrollment for all cross-listed sections. In this case, your Blackboard courses will include “_COMBINED-CROSSLIST” at the end of the Blackboard Course ID.
  • If your course is designated as co-meeting (e.g. undergraduate and graduate level classes meeting at the same time and place), you will have the option to create a site for each co-meeting section. If you choose the Create One Site/Combined Enrollment option, your Blackboard Course ID will look like CCCC_YYYYSS_COMBINED-COMEET where CCCC is the course number, YYYY is the year, and SS is the semester (e.g. SP).

Course site requests are processed 3 times daily, 7 hours apart, starting at 7:10 AM. Primary instructors will receive a confirmation email when their course site has been created in Blackboard. If you do not see your course site in Blackboard, or if you would like assistance in creating your Blackboard course site, please contact

The chart below is meant to help you identify when you will be able to request Blackboard course sites for your course, and when the sites will be made available to students.

Term Course Creation Date
(Available to Instructors)
Course access dates for Students* Date students added to course
Fall 2018
Aug 20, 2018 –
Jan 13, 2019
Winter 2019 Nov 12, 2018
Dec 24, 2018 –
Feb 17, 2018
Dec 17, 2018
Spring 2019
Nov 12, 2018
Jan 21, 2019 –
Jun 16, 2019
Jan 15, 2019

* These are the default dates; you may choose to change them, see how.

It will still be necessary to manually enroll some people in your course – for example, TAs and some Administrative Assistants, who are not identified in the Faculty Center, or if you wish to add students who are not officially on the class roster.


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