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On June 1, 2018 Blackboard Learn will no longer be available. Please make plans to back up your Blackboard course materials prior to this date. Given the short timeframe between the end of the spring semester and Blackboard being discontinued, please consider transitioning to Canvas now. Faculty workshops are scheduled to help you make the transition and additional support and resources are available on the transition site.


Blackboard is an online course management system that can be used to complement both face-to-face and online instruction. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching’s Instructional Technology consultants are available to help you plan and design your Blackboard course, add course materials, and work with the management and collaborative tools that Blackboard offers. Blackboard can be used to:

  • provide students online access to your syllabus, information about the course, course notes, recorded lectures, and other course materials
  • engage students with blogs, wikis, discussion forums, & Social Learning Tools
  • assess and track students’ progress with online tests and rubrics, the Grade Center, Retention Center, and other tools
  • collect and manage assignments and evaluate with Turnitin


Students, faculty and staff can log into Blackboard using their assigned AccessNet Username and Password at:


If you need to establish a Courtesy Account for individuals who are not directly affiliated with Temple University, but need access to a Blackboard course on our system, please log into the TUportal and select Guest Access Request System located under TUAPPLICATIONS to place a request for guest access.  For additional information or questions, please contact the Computer Services Help Desk at 215-204-8000.


  • Faculty
    To report a problem or to schedule a one-on-one consultation, please contact the Center for the Advancement of Teaching's Instructional Technology Lab at 215-204-8761. You can also visit the Center for the Advancement of Teaching's Programs & Events page to view and register for a Blackboard  workshop.
  • Students
    For assistance regarding system your particular Blackboard courses, call the Help Desk at 215-204-8000 or click the Request Help tab on the Computer Services home page.

Faculty FAQs


  • How do I make my course available to students? 
    By default, all Blackboard Courses will be unavailable. To make your course available: 

    1. Go to the Qwickly module on your Blackboard homepage.
    2. Select Course Availability.
    3. Switch the toggle from "off" to on.

    Alternatively, you can make your course available inside the course shell by going to "Customization" and then "Properties" in the Course Management menu on the left side panel. 

  • Can I add multiple course reference numbers (CRNs) to my Blackboard course?
    Course owners may combine multiple CRN's into one course shell via the Course Tools tab in Blackboard. 

  • How do I create a Non-Banner Issued Blackboard Course?
    Blackboard users may submit a request to have a non-Banner issued course shell created via the Course Tools tab in Blackboard.

  • Will instructors be able to delete their courses? And will instructors receive a notification for the deleted courses? 
    No, all courses will remain until their retention period.
    Yes, when courses are deleted based on the retention schedule. 

  • The professional schools have different semester start dates; will their courses be created for them based on that schedule? 

  • What specifically do I need to do to individually create a course? How long will it take?
    Users can go to the “Course Tools” tab and select the “Request a Shell” tab. Next, you’ll choose the type of course or organization you’d like to create, give it a name and press submit. A Template or Sandbox shell will be created within 5 minutes. An organization or administrative shell will be created once the request is approved.