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I want to add a Teaching Assistant (TA) to my course site
I want to give another instructor access to my course site
A student dropped out of my class. How do I remove them from my Blackboard course site?
I'd like to create student groups - how do I do this?
Course roles in Blackboard

I want to add a Teaching Assistant (TA) to my course site

Please submit a Help Desk ticket advising the following:

Please note that the person to be added as a TA must have an active USF network profile and therefore a network username and password.

I want to give another instructor access to my course site

Instructors are automatically added to course sites based on the information contained in the Registrar's database, Jenzabar. If, however, you wish for a colleague to have access to the course for observing or grading purposes, please issue a Help Desk ticket following the steps indicated above for adding a TA.  In Jenzabar, courses can only have one instsructor of record.  Apart from a written request from the Department Head/Chair, it is ONLY the Registrar-assigned instructor to any given course that has the authority to request additional instructors . You may not make a request to be added to someone else's course, even if it is a graduate student that is overseeing a course for you. If the Registrar has assigned that graudate assistant as the instructor of the course, he/she must make the written request for any changes to the course, including course combinations.

A student dropped out of my class. How do I remove them from my Blackboard course site?

You don't.  Even though you can find ways to delete students, this is something that the Jenzabar Snapshot process does, checking Bb automatically, on a daily basis against the official roster and paperwork.  If you delete a student that hasn't been officially removed from Jenzabar, you will find that Jenzabar will repopulate this student in your course the following day.  In addition, the moment you delete a student from your course you remove all work the student uploaded, as well as their existence in Grade Center.  If the student has a change of heart before the offical paperwork goes through, you will have lost all record of that student's work up to that point.  Even if the student informs you of the desire to drop the class, he/she may wait too long and it then becomes an issue of having to give a grade of "Withdraw Failing". If you've deleted the student from your course, you will have no record of the progress in the course and no proof of the failing grade.  Your best option is to simply hide the student and let the Snapshot process do its job.

Many times, however, students drop the course without informing you, the instructor. The snapshot process runs, deleting the student and his/her grades from your course, but then you are asked to provide pass/fail information to the registrar. One solution to this is to periodically, download the grade center into an Excel spreadsheet by selecting Download from Work Offline. You can also always find student grades, whether they have been deleted or not, in the Grade History option under Reports. You will need to sort the list by student name and then manually calculate the grade, but you do still have access to the necessary information.

I'd like to create student groups - how do I do this?

Creating student groups can help your sort and manage large groups of students more effectively. Using groups is useful for emailing, discussion board and collaboration. To create student groups:

Video Tutorial for Adding Groups to a Course

Course roles in Blackboard

Course roles are preset roles that determine the level of access a user has within a course. Users can have only one role per course. Roles are course-specific, so a single user could be in an instructor role in one course and a student in another course. There are six course roles (for our purposes, you only need to concern yourself with first three):

 

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