Blackboard Tip: Use the Date Management Tool

Looking for a way to see all your availability and due dates in one spot? Use Date Management!

The following video from Blackboard’s on-demand training materials is a good overview of the date management tool. It is mainly used to adjust due dates and availability from term to term. For example, you can use it to shift all your dates by a specified number of days (including negative days for a shift back in time).

Watch the video, then check out the text below for an explanation of how you can use the tool for “course conversion” in this, our very first term using Blackboard.

Pretty cool, right? I think it gets even better.

The video only touches on it, but the date management tool’s “List All Dates for Review” feature is where things get good for MCC instructors preparing for the fall.

To review, to get to this tool, go to Course Tools > Date Management and the select the final option. Then, click Start to run the tool. This will take a bit, but it’s not a problem — just give it a minute or two to collect all your course dates. (You’ll also get an email when it’s done.)

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You will get a screen with all your due dates and start and end dates, which I reckon is worth the wait. You can click the pencil icon by each item to edit it, meaning you won’t have to go to each item under Lessons to alter dates.


This is a great way to check that your fall course is ready to go and to make any edits if needed.


Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at

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2 comments on “Blackboard Tip: Use the Date Management Tool
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