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Finding and enrolling yourself onto your NILE course(s)

Navigate to the Institution Page of the main menu, then select 'Enrol as a Tutor on your Modules'.

Enrol as a tutor

The Management Suite page lists any modules you are already enrolled onto. Select the Add Module to Workload button.

The add module to workload button is at the top of this page.

The default search criterion is Course ID, which is the module code, followed by the session code, followed by the academic year of study. Enter as much of the Course ID as you can, then hit return on the keyboard, or use the Go button.

The two selection menus can be left as they appear by default.

Depending on your search term, you may have multiple results. Use the radio button to select the correct NILE course, then use the Submit button to proceed.

The radio button is in the first column of the table.

A message page will ask you to confirm that you are teaching on the module and let you know that an email will be sent to all staff already enrolled on the module to inform them of your enrollment. Use the Submit button to confirm.

As soon as the submit button is selected on this page, the changes are saved and you can navigate away.

A confirmation page with the action and date will be displayed. Use the OK button, or navigate away from the page to continue.

The NILE course will now be available under the 'My Sites' area on the front page of NILE.

Making your course available to students

By default, all NILE courses are created as ‘Unavailable’. Instructors need to release their course at the start of the term before any students can see them. 

The padlock icon can be found in the top right of your course (or organisation). Simply click it to toggle between available and unavailable. 

Once a site is active, the site will show in the students’ list of ‘My Sites’ on their NILE home page.

NILE icon - Padlock / Site Available

Unlocked = Available.

Blackboard - Padlock icon closed

Locked = Unavailable.


Students will need access to all of their NILE courses for the duration of their programme of studies, so NILE courses should not be made unavailable once they have been used for teaching.

Edit mode and student preview

You will find both the ‘Edit View’ and ‘Student Preview’ modes underneath the main navigation bar on the right-hand side of your NILE site pages.

Blac kboard Student Preview

Above: from left to right, Student Preview (Highlighted), Site Availability (On) Edit Mode (On).

  • The edit mode allows instructors to make changes to the content and view hidden folders.
  • The Student Preview function allows users to check content has been correctly released and is visible to students, and to test Blackboard features.

Posting announcements in your courses

At various times throughout your course, you may need to contact your cohort with information that is time-critical, e.g. changes to syllabus and schedule; assessment deadlines; exam timetables and changes or additions to course material. The Announcement function allows you to do this and, if you select the correct settings, can override personalised notification settings that students have set-up, meaning that you can reach all of the cohort, almost immediately, via email. 

To create an announcement, you need to take the following steps:

  • Navigate to the course that you want to send an announcement from;
  • In the course menu on the left hand side of your screen, click on Announcements:


                                   Announcements - where to click


  • Click on Create Announcement;
  • In the Subject box, put the title of your announcement;
  • In the Message text box, type in your announcement. As well as a text message, you can also include attachments, links, and media.

In the WEB ANNOUNCEMENT OPTIONS section you can select different Duration settings depending on when and how you want your message sent out to your cohort:

  • Putting a tick in the Not Date Restricted box will put the announcement up on your course Announcements page, but it will not be sent out via email until the daily digest script is run;
  • Ticking the Date restricted box allows you to set Display After and Display Until dates and times;
  • Putting a tick in the Email Announcement box will send your announcement out immediately, to all of the cohort (and instructors) on your course, and overrides any notification restrictions that students have set on their Nile courses:


  • When you have finished writing your announcement and selected the relevant Web Announcement Options, click Submit


Copying or moving individual NILE content items

Firstly, make sure you are an instructor on both NILE courses.


To copy or move an individual item.

Press the drop-down menu (grey-circle), beside the name of the item you want to copy or move.
From the menu, select 'Copy' or 'Move' to copy of move the content to another course or organisation.

From the Destination Course drop-down list, choose the course or organisation you want to copy or move it to.

select courses from the dropdown menu.


Attachments and embedded links can be included in the copy as links, or copies of the files can be created in the new course folder. For files outside the home course folder, only links are included.


File Links;= Include links and make copies of attached and embedded files

Bulk copying content between courses in NILE

It is possible to bulk copy content from one NILE course to another. This feature can be useful when copying the content from a previous year's module to a new one. Think carefully about which content you require and which you do not. It is sometimes easier to create new content in the new NILE course where new dates and updated materials may apply. See the earlier section of this guide, 'Copying NILE content', if you only need to copy a few individual items.

NOTE: You need to be an instructor on both the source course that you are copying items from and the destination course where you want your copied items to appear. Please see the earlier section of this guide, 'Finding and enrolling yourself onto your NILE courses', for instructions on adding yourself as an instructor to another course.

In the source course that you wish to copy items from, go to Course Management, Packages and Utilities, Course Copy.

The course management menu is listed in alphabetical order

On the course copy page, most users only have one option for the type of copy that can be performed. Ensure that 'Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course' is selected if you have more than one option here.

The pop-up menu only has one option in it for most users.

Enter the course ID that you wish to copy items to in the Destination Course ID text box. Please note that the full course ID is required, e.g. ACC1001-STD-2021. If you do not know the course ID in full, you can use the Browse button to search for it.

The destination course ID is asterisked to denote that it is a required field.

If you have chosen to browse for the course, enter search criteria such as part of the course ID. The results will display in a list. Select your chosen destination course using the radio button. Use the submit button at the bottom of the screen to return to the previous page which will now have the full course ID shown in the Destination Course ID field.

The default search option is course ID and the results are displayed in a table.

NOTE: The following choices are recommendations based on the majority of needs. It is important to avoid copying some items to prevent errors in the destination course. Please adhere to the following recommendations unless you have spoken to a Learning Technologist in person.

Select the materials to copy by ticking the checkboxes. The only content areas usually needed to copy in bulk are the Contacts and Module activities. Assignments created in the Submit your work area will need to be newly created in the destination course.

The Contacts and Module activities options are within a nested list under content areas.

The next section selects the course tool settings for the copy. If you have used the following tools a lot in your previous module and expect to use them again with very little changes, you may wish to copy these across to your new course. This applies to Blogs, Discussion Board, Journals, Rubrics, and Tests, Surveys and Pools. If you think you will create these differently in your new course, you can skip all of these options.

NOTE: The discussion board has two options. Starter posts should only be included in cases where the majority of threads were started by the instructor, otherwise, you will be copying student-initiated threads to the destination course. If you are in doubt, please contact your learning technologist.

The rest of the options are listed in alphabetical order.

The rest of the page can be left, as the default options here are required.

The default option for File attachments is 'Copy links and copies of the content'.

Enrolments must never be copied to the new destination course. This option must remain unticked without exception.

The next two sections headed File attachments and Enrolments can be skipped.

Use the submit button at the bottom of the page to begin the course copy. The process will be queued and you will receive an email notification once completed.

The Submit button is a floating element at the bottom of the page.


Assessment(s) in NILE

All information about assessment in NILE is available in our Assessment Workflows guides (see links below).

More help & information about Blackboard Learn

Should you require urgent assistance with NILE, please contact the LearnTech Support Helpdesk via the online contact form