Are you looking for a quick way to update the dates in your course when you role the course over from one term to another? I just recently learned about a tool that will help you do this quickly. This tool is called Date Management. It can be found in the Blackboard Course Tools. Let me show you how it works.
Before you use the Date Management tool, ensure that you have copied your course into your new course shell.
To begin the process, go to Control Panel -> Course Tools -> Date Management.
Next, decide how you want to adjust the dates. You can always make further adjustments.
Note: You can only change the dates currently assigned to the item. You cannot add or delete a start, end, or due date with this tool.
Select Date Adjustment Option
You have three adjustment options to select from:
- Use Course Start Date
- Adjust by Number of Days
- List All Dates for Review
The adjustments will affect the date types including due dates, availability, and adaptive release dates.
Use Course Start Date
When you select the Use Course Start Date option, you will be asked to enter the start date from the previous course (where the content originated) and the new course start date.
Click on the Start button once the dates are entered.
Adjust by Number of Days
For this option, enter a number that will be added to the item’s current date.
You can determine the number of days by using a date calculator. This date calculator will provide you with the number of days between two dates.
Click on the Start button once a number is entered.
List All Dates for Review
The last option will show you a list of all the dates for your review.
Just select this option and click on the Start button.
Date Management Review
Each of the Date Adjustment options will take you to the Date Management Review page where you can finalize your dates. Additionally, you will receive a summary email with the old and new dates.
On the Date Management Review page, you will see a list of all your dated items. You can sort your list by each column.
If you update your course by adding dates to an item, return to the Date Management tool and click on the Refresh button in the upper right corner to update the list.
Run Date Management Again
You can restart the process of changing dates by clicking on the Run Date Management Again button (1). It will take you back to the Select Date Adjustment Option page.
Filter Based on Item and Date Types
You may have a large list of items to review. If you prefer, you can filter your item list by item type (2) as well as a date type (3).
Once you have the list the way you want, you can then begin to update items individually or as a group.
Adjust a Group of Dates
To change the dates for multiple items, click on the checkbox to the left of each item (4) you want to adjust.
Next, click on the Adjust Dates button (5).
At the bottom of the screen, you should see an option to increase and decrease the number of days. Make your adjustment and click the Go button.
Manually Update Dates
If you want to more precisely choose the date and time for an item, click on the “pencil” button (6) on the right end of the item.
Clicking on the date and time will enable a calendar with a sliding time bar. Make the adjustments to the date and time and select the green box with a checkmark in it. It is located on the right side of the item.
Until I found this tool, making updates to my course was a chore. Now, I can make the updates in a matter of minutes.
Test it out when you do a course rollover. Let me know how it is working out for you.