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FCLD - Teaching with Blackboard

Blackboard Unavailable May 18-20 for Phase Two of a Cloud Migration

The Blackboard Learning Management System will be unavailable May 18-20, in order to complete phase two of a migration.  During this time we will be moving spring, summer, and non-academic courses to Blackboard’s Cloud.  Summer Term I Blackboard instructors are encouraged to prepare Summer Term I Blackboard courses prior to May 18 so that disruption to teaching is minimized. 

Summer instructors needing content from a prior semester for summer term courses, should fill out a copy request form to have the content copied into summer term courses by noon on Thursday, May 17. Requests received after noon on Thursday will be processed starting on Monday, May 21.

Due to time constraints, there may be a slight delay before spring and non-academic courses appear on the Cloud.  Migrating Summer Term I courses will be given first priority, since Summer Term I courses begin May 21. 

Faculty are encouraged to contact FCLD with any concerns and/or questions about this upgrade, (860) 768-4661 or .  Students experiencing technical difficulties with Blackboard should call (860) 515-3742 for assistance.

Blackboard is an online learning management system (LMS) that provides ready-made online course templates for teaching online or supplementing face-to-face instruction. Blackboard allows you to post articles, assignments, and other course documents, and includes teaching tools such as discussion boards, blogs, journals, online tests, and surveys. In an emergency (pandemic flu, flood), instructors should plan to use Blackboard to continue teaching. The Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD) provides training and support for instructors using Blackboard.  Students needing Blackboard Support should call (860) 515-3742 or submit a ticket.

  • Your username is the first part of your email name (do NOT include @hartford part)
  • Your password is last four digits of your University ID.
For Faculty Blackboard support, contact FCLD at (860) 768-4661 or

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Course Site Information

Blackboard course sites are created automatically for all scheduled courses using the course listing information in the Banner system. You will receive instructions for logging in to Blackboard when you apply for University e-mail.  Instructors who wish to combine multiple course sections into one course must use the multiple section request form on the Course Requests page. New instructors are encouraged to attend a seminar on Getting Started with Blackboard. For a schedule of seminars, as well as other resources on Blackboard, please visit the FCLD website.

NOTE: In order to access courses, instructor assignments must be registered in the Banner system. If you need help getting listed in Banner, please contact the Registrar's Office at (860) 768-4594.

Additional information about Course Copies, Availability and Course Requests can be found on the Course Requests page.