Texas Tech University

Blackboard Instructor Support

Getting Started

To get started with Blackboard at Texas Tech, it is recommended that you request a Blackboard Development Course and Live Course. We loosely categorize our Blackboard course into two types - the Development Course and the Live Course.

Development Courses are already formatted with a standard course design template which includes numerous student and instructor resources as well as other components that help to jumpstart the development of your course. Please note that a development course does not support student access – it is strictly an avenue for developing your course.  To request a Development Course, go to the following link and fill out an individual request form for each Blackboard course you need to develop. This request can take from two to five business days to complete. Request a Development Course.

Live courses are automatically pushed to Blackboard from Banner.  The schedule for pushing live courses to Blackboard is:

  • Fall – first Monday of July
  • Spring – first Monday of November
  • Summer – first Monday of April

The Live Course is connected to Banner and will auto-populate your course with all registered students. After the Live Course is created, you will have the option to copy the content from an existing Development Course (or another existing Live Course) into the new semester's Live Course.

If you would like tips on designing, developing, and/or teaching an online course, any member of our Instructional Design Team can assist you through face-to-face, one-on-one consultations (by appointment only), via email  (elearning.id@ttu.edu) or by telephone (806-742-5933).

For 24-hour faculty Blackboard technical support, please call (844) 897-0537 (Toll-Free) or (806) 853-5153 (local) or chat with a support specialist

For more information about Blackboard training or consultations, please email blackboard@ttu.edu or call 806-742-5933.