Course Rollover & Requests

Course rollover is the annual process whereby Blackboard courses from the current academic year are copied for use in the next academic year.

Course rollover for 2019-20 will take place on Saturday 29th June 2019

Blackboard downtime will be required, approximately 08:00 – 17:00 BST.

The process for 2019-20 will follow a very similar pattern to last year.

The default position is that any RISIS module or programme

  • which was used in Blackboard in the current academic year (i.e. in 2018-19)
  • and is scheduled to run again in the new academic year (i.e. in 2019-20)

will be automatically copied forward as part of Course Rollover.

The vast majority of Blackboard courses normally fall into this category, and no action is required for these courses to be rolled forward.


When do I need to take some action?

Modules which did not run in 2018-19

If you wish to have a 2017-18 Blackboard course copied forward, please submit a Course Copy Request.

Merged and Supplementary courses

These are only copied forward on request. The relevant web form is being updated to accommodate such requests, and will be made available shortly.

Important information!
Please note that a Merged Course always replaces the Blackboard courses for individual RISIS modules; Supplementary Courses are designed for use in addition to individual RISIS modules or programmes.  Supplementary Courses should not be used to deliver summative assessment, as this is not supported by the EMA Blackboard-RISIS integration.


Changes for 2019

Blackboard courses for RISIS modules

From 2019-20, any Blackboard course which represents one or more RISIS module occurrences will be in the format AB1XYZ-19-0MOD.

This applies to Blackboard courses bringing together multiple occurrences of the same module, as well as ‘merged courses’ which combine two or more distinct module codes.

The technical details – for those who want to know more.


Which parts of my course will be copied?

What will be copied:

  • All course content will be copied.
  • Blackboard Tests and Surveys will be copied, but NOT deployed to users  (made available to users) – you will need to deploy them with appropriate settings on the new course.
  • Talis reading list links will be copied, but you will need to configure them for use by students in the new academic year.

 What will not be copied:          

  • Blackboard and Turnitin Assignments will not be copied.
    You will need to create assignment submission points with appropriate settings on the new course.
  • Announcements, discussion boards, blogs, journals and wikis will not be copied.


  • All Instructors, Teaching Assistants and External Examiners will be copied during the summer course rollover.
  • In addition all staff who are listed as a 2019-20 Module Convenor in RISIS will be enrolled onto the corresponding Blackboard course.
    This applies equally to courses which were copied, and to courses which are set up as a blank shell.
    If you are a Module Convenor for a module which runs both in Reading and Malaysia, you will see all 2019-20 occurrences of the module in Blackboard.
  • No other users will be copied.
  • Groups will not be copied.


Staff members no longer involved in course delivery

Inevitably, given that we copy staff enrolments forward each year, many Blackboard courses have enrolments for staff members who are no longer involved in delivery of the module.

There are various workarounds to prevent such enrolments being copied to 2019-20 courses:


After rollover – preparing your courses for the new academic year

Once courses for the new academic year have been created in Blackboard, there are a number of steps staff will need to take to make them ready for use by students – please see How do I prepare my course for the new academic year?

Important information!

Please DO NOT SET OLD COURSES AS UNAVAILABLE – it has been agreed by DELT that students should continue to have access to all of the Blackboard courses relevant to their programme of study
i.e. a final undergraduate student should still be able to access their Blackboard courses from Parts 1 and 2.

This is so that they can access course materials and all feedback received from staff.