New Master Course Tool in Blackboard

NIU faculty you can now use the Blackboard Faculty Tools (BFT) to combine one or more course sections into a master course in Blackboard. By combining enrollments of related or cross-listed courses, you will save time by managing only one course in Blackboard.

The new master course functionality, which had been previously available only by request, will allow you to:

  • Combine enrollments of sections for which you’re the official instructor of record into a single “master” course in Blackboard.
  • Manage the master course by adding or removing sections before the semester starts.

The tool can be accessed by logging in to Blackboard and following the ‘Blackboard Faculty Tools’ link under the Services tab.

To learn more about the new tool and/or to watch a 2 minute tutorial, please visit

If you have any questions please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 815-753-8100 or

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  1. This looks like a great tool–I would have used it last semester, had I known about it. Thanks for sharing news of this development!

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