Faculty Resources

Faculty Support Contacts

Blackboard Support (Instructors)


Assistance with HuskyCT Features & Tools.

CETL Educational Technologies

(860) 486-5052 M-F 9a-4p
edtech@uconn.edu
One on one consultations available in Rowe 422

UITS Help Center


The UITS Help Center is available to assist faculty with connectivity and login issues (e.g. NetID and GuestID), as well as course availability, enrollment and other HuskyCT course status questions.

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Get Started with HuskyCT in 2 Quick Steps!

❶ Request Your HuskyCT Site


HuskyCT sites are requested by instructors of record using the Student Admin System (PeopleSoft).

Activate in 5 Easy Steps!

  1. Log into Student Admin System (PeopleSoft)
  2. From the Main Menu, navigate to Self-Service -> Faculty Center -> HuskyCT Sections (tab)
  3. Choose the Term
  4. Select the checkbox next to each course you would like in HuskyCT
  5. Click Submit

See Requesting a HuskyCT Site (pg. 1) for more detailed instructions.

Your selected course(s) will be available in HuskyCT by 9:00 AM on the following business day.  All students registered for your course(s) are automatically enrolled on the HuskyCT site.

Please note that you must be listed as an instructor of record for the course your attempting to activate for HuskyCT in PeopleSoft. If you are not listed, please contact your department head or administrative contact.

Login to PeopleSoft

❷ Restore Content / Combine Sections


The HuskyCT Course Copy/Request Form can be used to optionally request Content Restoration and/or Combine Multiple Course Sections.

Courses content is available to restore for a period of 3 years.

Requests should be submitted directly to the UITS HuskyCT team using the HuskyCT Course Copy/Request Form.

If you are not listed as an Instructor on the course from which content is being requested, please be sure to have an Instructor of Record email us (huskyct@uconn.edu) with their approval prior to submitting the request form. 

See Requesting a HuskyCT Site (pg. 2) for more detailed instructions.

Instructors should expect to receive confirmation (or a follow-up email) from the UITS HuskyCT team within 1 business day of your request.

Submit Request

After course sections have been combined, you may wish to hide the child sections from your view in HuskyCT. To do this, please refer to Instructions for Hiding Child Sections.

Non-Class & Organization Sites

Submit Grades to PeopleSoft

Non-Class & Organization Sites


While most HuskyCT sites are associated with academic classes listed in the Student Admin System (PeopleSoft), HuskyCT sites can also be created for other purposes, such as training activities, group collaboration, information gathering, and resource sharing.

Submit Your Request

*Please allow up to one business day for processing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Faculty FAQ's

1. What is HuskyCT?

HuskyCT is UConn's name for the Blackboard learning management system used here. Instructor use of the system is optional but we host over 4000 HuskyCT sites a semester, most of which are used for face-to-face classes. Fully online classes use HuskyCT as well. The use of HuskyCT is so widespread in fact, that students expect to see a HuskyCT site for each class they are taking and are worried when they don’t. A recent survey revealed that the most common uses of HuskyCT for traditional classes is sending announcements, posting content, and posting grades. Many instructors are also using HuskyCT for the online submission of assignments, discussion, and quizzes.

2. How do I get a HuskyCT site for my class?

HuskyCT sites are requested by instructors of record using the Student Admin System (PeopleSoft).

 

The HuskyCT site is created automatically within 24 hours of the request and all students registered for the course are automatically enrolled on the HuskyCT site. Please note that the instructor must be listed in PeopleSoft as the instructor for a particular class in order to request a HuskyCT site for that class.

3. How do I "reactivate" my old HuskyCT site?

If an instructor is teaching a course again and HuskyCT was used in a previous term for that same class, it is possible to have the old site content copied into the HuskyCT site for the upcoming term.

 

This requires two steps.

 

1. Instructor requests their NEW HuskyCT site using Student Admin System (PeopleSoft)
2. Instructor completes the HuskyCT Course Copy/Request Form.

 

Please note that this content restore will bring over all instructor posted content, assignments, tests, grade center columns, and discussion board forums. No student data is copied into the new site.

 

Additionally, Library Reserve materials are not copied to the new site. The "Library Resources" link in the new site needs to be used to "import" those materials. Step by Step instructions for reusing past Reserve Lists is available in the Library KB

 

Please note that the Library no longer provides a mediated Electronic Course Reserves (eReserves) service. Instructors now link to Library online materials within HuskyCT.

 

Instructions for linking to journal articles, ebooks, and online videos.

 

eReserve materials currently located on the Library Resources page in HuskyCT must be retrieved by January 31, 2016. Instructors can request that the Library download and provide their past reserve lists, links (e.g. to journal articles) and PDFs. Materials can also be downloaded by the instructor with these instructions

 

Information about the transition to unmediated e-reserves, along with instructions for obtaining copies of your current reserve items can be found in the Library KB

4. Why does it say "unavailable until…" next to my course title?

Each term, there is an official start date for classes. This date is used to set the student access date for all HuskyCT sites for that term. The "Unavailable until…" message applies only to students. Instructor access is not date restricted. See UConn Academic Calendar for official start/end dates.

5. How do I give the students early access?

Instructors may open their HuskyCT site(s) earlier or later than the default start date. Step by step instructions for changing the start/end dates of your HuskyCT site area is available in the Blackboard KB.

6. How do I add my syllabus and other files?

This is done using the "Build Content" button at the top of a Content Area such as the "Course Content" page that is part of the default HuskyCT course template. From the "Build Content" drop-down menu, click on "File". After this you will just need to browse for the file on your computer.

 

More help is available in the Blackboard KB.

7. Why can’t the students see the files I posted?

Occasionally, instructors go directly to the "Content Collection" in the Control Panel and upload their files there. These files cannot be accessed by the students, however, because only instructors can see the options under the Control Panel. Students will not be able to see these files until they are linked to a page on the HuskyCT site. Instructors need to create or go to a Content Area or Content Folder and add the files there.

 

More help is available in the Blackboard KB.

8. How do I add my TA?

Instructors have the ability to enroll additional users on their HuskyCT sites. Most frequently this function is used to add a TA or another instructor, but anyone with a UConn NetID can be manually added to a HuskyCT site.

 

More help is available in the Blackboard KB.

9. How do I hide my old course?

At the present time, instructors will see all their HuskyCT sites since the new system was implemented in Summer 2015. To prevent confusion, it is recommended that instructors hide their old course titles from view. Step by step instructions are available in the Blackboard KB.

10. Is there a Student View?

Instructors can use “Student Preview” to view their sites exactly as their students see them. When exiting Student Preview, instructors have the choice of retaining the preview user data or not. If the Preview User data is retained, a new student will appear in the Grade Center. The last name for this preview student account will be the instructor’s last name followed by “_PreviewUser”. Student Preview mode can be used to take tests, submit assignments, access materials, and check grades.

 

More help is available in the Blackboard KB.

11. How do I link to Library eResources for Class Use?

Link to ebooks, video streams, and journal articles from the Library’s collections. Instructions are available from the Library Reserve KB.

12. How do I enter grades in PeopleSoft?

HuskyCT grades can be submitted to PeopleSoft manually or via a CSV upload:
Instructions for submitting Mid-Term Grades
Instructions for submitting Final Grades
Instructions for uploading grades using a CSV file
Instructions for exporting from a HuskyCT Grade Book to a CSV file

13. Grade Center is missing scroll bars (Mac only)

This is issue is resolved by changing a system preference setting in Mac OS.

  1. Go to System Preferences
  2. Click on General
  3. Under Show Scroll Bars, choose the option Always