Customization > Properties


Properties control the functional settings of the Course.

Find this Page

  1. Turn Edit Mode ON.
  2. On the Control Panel under Customization, select Properties.

Name and Description

Instructors can change the name and description of the Course. This name appears as the Course Name throughout Blackboard Learn. The description will appear in the Course Catalog.


These fields can be safely ignored. Course Classification is not part of or related to Course Categorization for the Course Catalog. A default Classification value is listed when each Course is created. These fields were used in previous versions but exist now only to ensure backward compatibility with Building Blocks or other plugins.

Set Availability

Instructors can set Courses to be available or unavailable. If the Course is available, all users participating in the Course will have access. If the Course is unavailable, access is determined by Course role. Instructors, Course Builders, Teaching Assistants, and Graders can see and access unavailable Courses from My Courses and the Course List, but they are marked as unavailable. Students may not access unavailable Courses regardless of the Course Duration.Unavailable Courses do not appear in the Course Catalog.

Set Course Duration

Course Duration defines the time in which Students may interact with the Course.

Categorize Course

Instructors can add their Course to one or more Categories. Courses added to a Category are listed in the Course Catalog under that Category.

Select a catalog category and use the arrow buttons to move the category to the Selected Items box. More than one category may be selected. Repeat the process to add another category. The Course appears under the selected categories. Invert Selection will highlight any Categories that are not highlighted and unselect any Categories that are highlighted. This is a useful way to exclude one or two Categories without having to click on all the other Categories.

Select Language Pack

Language Packs change the language of buttons, titles, and other text supplied by the system. Language Pack preferences are defined at the system, Course, and user level.

At the system level, the Administrator defines one Language Pack as the system default. This is the Language Pack that appears when no other Language Pack is specified at the Course level or at the User level.

At the Course level, Instructors can set a Language Pack that is different from the default to make all users in the Course view the same Language Pack. If the Language Pack is not enforced, users can set a preferred Language Pack that is different from the Course Language Pack by changing the setting in Tools > Personal Information > Set Language Pack. Enforcing the Language Pack will override individual users' language choices.

Note: Customized names for Content Areas and Tools are not changed with the Language Pack. These values stay the same through all Language Packs. The default names in the system are translated and appear differently in each Language Pack.

For more information about Language Packs, see Language Packs .

Course Files

The Course Files properties are available only if your institution licenses the content management capabilities.