It is the Blackboard/Online reading lists rollover time of year and as usual a new virtual module has been created on our system for each module to be delivered next year (for SITS modules).


Organise your modules by academic year

A long list of Blackboard modules can make navigating to the correct module tricky. Group your modules into academic years for easier navigating.

In your My Courses box on the front page of Blackboard, click the cog (top right hand corner), then tick Group by Term and Submit.

Click the year to expand or collapse it.

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To switch on Terms, click the cog located at the top right hand corner of the My Courses box. By default the cog is hidden but will appear when you hover the My Courses box.

On the Personalise: My Courses page, you have an option to group modules by Term. The 'Terms' we have defined are academic years.

Tick Group by Term. All the Terms relevant to you (i.e. you are enrolled on a module that appears in that Term) will appear in a table for customisation.

You can specify which academic years are shown on your front page and if they are expanded by default. The default order is chronological but you can reorder Terms, so that the most recent academic year appears first, by dragging and dropping them in the table.

Then click Submit to see them displayed on the front page of Blackboard


Enrol colleagues onto your module

The modules for the next academic year have been created in Blackboard (for SITS modules).

Module organisers are automatically enrolled onto their modules as Instructors. Student enrolments onto modules will begin automatically without any further action.

Module organisers will need to enrol any colleagues who need access.

  1. Go to Control Panel > Users and Groups > Users > Click the Find Users to Enrol button
  2. Select Browse > Change the drop down search menu from username to last name > Type in the name of the user to add and click Go
  3. Tick the box next to the correct person and click Submit
  4. Choose the appropriate role (normally instructor for colleagues) from the dropdown list and click Submit

Copy over your content

There are two ways to copy content from an existing Blackboard module to a new one.

The first is a whole module copy and the second is to copy individual items or folders. Please select which is most appropriate to you. If you are not sure, please contact your Learning Technologist.

Course Copy Individual Copy

Course copy

  • Go to the module from which the materials are to be copied.
  • Select Control Panel > Packages & Utilities > Course Copy
  • Select Browse to locate the module into which the materials are to be copied
  • Select the radio button next to the appropriate module and click Submit
  • Select what course materials you wanted copied
  • Click Submit

It may take a few minutes for the materials to be copied.

Only copy across sections you need e.g. Content Areas. But do not select Summative Assessment or Grade Centre settings as these will automatically be created for the new academic year if relevant.

If you need to copy across the following types of content, you will need to additionally select them: Rubrics, Tests/Surveys and Banner Image.

Copy individual items or folders

  • Go to the module from which the materials are to be copied.
  • Navigate to the Item or Folder to be copied.
  • Click the down arrow next to the item or folder and select Copy
  • Select the module into which the item or folder is to be copied from the drop down list.
  • Click the Browse button to select the destination folder into which the item or folder is to be copied
  • Click Submit

Link your Online Reading List

Existing published reading lists have been rolled over for the new academic year. These rolled over reading lists will need to be republished to be visible to your students.

Please note there is a change freeze on Talis between the 15th July and 2nd August, so please do not make any changes to your reading lists during this time.

For more information please visit the Online Reading Lists page.

If you have any problems republishing your reading list or linking it to Blackboard, need support, or have any questions about the Talis Online Reading Lists system, please contact Robin Farndon, the Reading Lists Administrator at


Make your module available

Once you have developed your module ready for the new academic year, remember to make it available to students so they can access it.

From within any content area on your module, click the padlock symbol next to the Edit mode button (top right) to change the availability of your course.


  • Go to Control Panel > Customisation > Properties
  • Scroll down to Set Availability and select Yes
  • Click Submit

Report an issue

We hope that this article was helpful. If you require further assistance please log an issue with the IT Service Desk and the Learning Technology Team will get back to you as soon as possible.