Using the New Date Management tool in Blackboard

Getting ready for a new semester just got a little easier! Blackboard now has a one-stop shop for changing and updating dates in your course. Now, after copying your course from a previous semester, you can easily update the dates on assignments and other work and materials.

To begin, head to the course you’d like to update, and go to the Control Panel in the lower left corner. Click on Date Management.

The Date Management tool is located under the Course Tools in the Control Panel.

The Date Management tool is located under the Course Tools in the Control Panel.

 

To start, Blackboard has to run a process to find all the dates in your course to be updated.  It will ask you to Select Date Adjustment Option.

  • If you know the start dates of both semesters, you can adjust by Use Course Start Date. This works particularly well for courses being copied for the same semester in a different year (for example, Fall 2013 to Fall 2014).
  • If you know how many days different your classes’ start dates are, you can Adjust by Number of Days. This works better for courses in adjacent semesters (such as Fall 2014 to Spring 2015).
  • If you have your course calendar already written out, you should select List All Days For Review. This will give you a list of all date-related items so that you can change them as needed.

 

The Date Management wizard examines the class for all items with date criteria attached to them and generates a list for you.

The Date Management wizard examines the class for all items with date criteria attached to them and generates a list for you.

 

The List All Dates For Review option has many options and adjustments you can make. Let’s take a look at four of the most important ones.

Listing all dates for review gives you extensive options to update your class.

Listing all dates for review gives you extensive options to update your class.

 

  1. The Item Types allows you to narrow down the items you’re looking at by type. This helps when you have a list of assignments or tests that you would like to update together.
  2. The Date Types lets you examine items with Due Dates or Availability Dates and can make a long list much more manageable.
  3. The button to the right of each item allows you to manually update the dates for that item. You can adjust availability and due dates for the same item on the same screen.
  4. The Adjust Dates button allows you to take multiple items that you’ve selected and adjust all of them by the same number of days.

The Date Management screen is a really useful new tool to explore. Even if you don’t use many dates in your course, it helps enormously to see them all on the same page (even just for double-checking). Do be sure to check it out!

In addition to our quick guide above, you can take a look at Blackboard’s video, embedded below. And as always, let Tom or Lily know if you have any questions.