Setting up a Blackboard Test Course

Staff may find it helpful to set up a test course in Blackboard. Full guidance on this can be found on the Staff Blackboard Support My Test Course webpage.


  • Test courses can be useful for trying out various Blackboard tools, especially the interactive tools such as tests and discussion boards, because you can experiment without risk of creating problems on your live module courses.
  • If you have a test course, you can now apply to have Blackboard Ally added to it by emailing the name of your test course to¬† For information on Ally, see Blackboard Ally on the UWE Blackboard Guidance pages.


We do not recommend using this test course to store important documents because if you don’t follow the instructions to renew at the end of the year, all your content will be lost. A good practice tip, when setting up a test course, is to add a note to your Outlook calendar about three weeks before your course is due to expire, as a reminder to take action.