How to assign faculty roles to Blackboard courses

Modified on: Tue, May 12, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Adding faculty to Blackboard courses in roles such as Observer, Course Builder, and Support are now completed by the Subject or Course Owner that is assigned in the Course Substitution System. This role is typically held by the Department Chair or Program Coordinator, however, it can be changed by the Deans office at any time in the Course Substitution System.

Find the Course Owner for a Subject 

If you are not a Course Owner, you can view the Course Owner for a subject at any time by accessing the BB Roles system here: The Owner is listed under the "Owner" column by subject. The assigned person who can make changes to the Owner is listed under the "Assigned By (Divisional Manager)" column.

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Course Owners - How to make role changes

As a course owner, you have the ability to add/remove faculty from the different roles in a course for each term. Here are the steps:

1. Sign in to the BB Roles System - 

2. Select the term you wish to make changes in.


3. Scroll through the table to find the course you wish to modify. Enter the employee ID number of the person you wish to add in the column that aligns with the intended role.

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4. Select Save to update. The changes will take effect on the next update cycle. The update cycle runs at 6 am, 10 am, 2 pm, 6 pm, Monday - Friday.

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