Changing Course Availability Dates

Each semester, following dates set in the Academic Calendar, student access to all Blackboard course sections will open on the first day of classes and close after the last day of grading. If you would like your students to access your course early, or have students that still need to complete course work in Blackboard beyond the end of the semester you can extend the time period that your course is open in Blackboard following the steps below.


At the top-right corner of your course, click on Course Settings.

A screenshot of a Blackboard Ultra course, with a cursor icon pointing towards the Course Settings button

Under "Course Duration" click on Edit in the top-right corner and then select "Dates" from the drop-down menu.

A screenshot of the Course Settings page, Course Duration section, with a cursor pointing to the Dates option under the Type drop-down menu.

Select the Start and End dates and times for the course. Afterwards, click Save to apply them to the course.

A screenshot of the Course Duration settings menu with the "Dates" option selected. Two cursors are pointing towards the Pencil icons which are used to edit the Start and End dates.


If you have any questions or would like assistance extending your course dates please contact the Help Desk at 609-652-4309 or by email at