Frequently Asked Questions


To begin the process, please contact us to set up a meeting. More information about the steps of the Course Development Process and Course Approval Process can be found here.

We recommend that you allow at least one full semester to develop your course prior to delivery.

Follow the steps for the Course Approval Process found in the Course Development Bluebrint here. We recommend you begin the process at least a year in advance.

You can teach your course fully at a distance, or choose to have a minimum number of select meetings for an orientation, exams, or other purposes. Click here to see the SACS definition of distance learning.

All regular semester courses listed in the Registrar’s course schedule will receive an empty course shell automatically. If you need a development shell, fill out the Blackboard Service Request form. If your shell did not get created, contact the Service Desk.

Blackboard has specific instructions for moving content from one shell to another. Click here, and follow the directions under the “How to Copy a Course” heading.

Our Instructional Design Team will work with faculty to support their content development within Blackboard. We will discuss your needs and work with you to develop a support plan during the course development process.

Several types of Blackboard help and information are available. The Blackboard homepage within the Academic Technology Training Library contains basic information about the system. Information regarding available training through UKIT is available on the Blackboard training page. The Blackboard On Demand Learning Center is a collection of videos from Blackboard that show how to accomplish specific tasks (ex. creating a test or uploading files). Technical support is available from the UKIT Service Desk.

Yes, refer to the Course Development and Course Revision sections or contact us for more information.

We recommend several different technologies that can be implemented in your distance learning course including: Blackboard, Adobe Connect, Camtasia, Echo360, Interactive Video, Remote Observation Kits, and Respondus. Contact us for more information and to discuss specific applications/technologies that would complement your course content.

Distance Learning Library Services includes access to research databases and e-journals, document delivery & interlibrary loan, as well as research assistance from the Distance Learning Librarian (carla@uky.edu) with library resources and Endnote. For more information see our DLLS page.

You can contact one of our Instructional Designers:

Kelley Cruse: kelley.cruse@uky.edu (859) 257-9898
Galen Stone: galen.stone@uky.edu (859) 257-8218