Enrolments are always high on the agenda at the start of a new academic year and this year has been no exception.

There have been many enquiries on how students are enrolled so let’s take a look at how enrolments are processed:

As you can see the Student Information Database (SID) dictates what is fed in to Blackboard 9.1. Student enrolments are processed automatically based on each students registration status.

“In terms of Blackboard student enrolments – SID is king!”

Currently enrolments are fed into Blackboard via the enrolment snapshot feed file (pipe delimited text file):


The feed file contains all valid students and their respective enrolments for qualification, course and module areas.

Manual Student Enrolments – Don’t do it

If students are not appearing in course areas as expected do not enrol them manually!
There are generally two reasons for students not being enrolled:

  1.  They are not enrolled correctly in SID
  2. The student’s cohort is not part of a course merge

In both instances please refer to your course/departmental administrator(s).

Course Availability

By default all new courses in Blackboard are set to unavailable. If students are enrolled and they can not see their course, the course must be made available. Please see the following guide on how to change course availability.

If you have any questions please leave a comment or alternatively contact your Faculty Learning Technologist for further information.





John Langford
Learning Technology Systems Officer

2 responses to “How Blackboard 9.1 Enrolment Works”

  1. This works fine in the vast majority of cases, but there are some difficulties with Blackboard areas that aren’t modules – e.g. areas for students on a programme, rather than a module. I run one of these, and it’s been difficult to get students entering at levels 5 and 6 on, and also returning ERASMUS students, as well as ERASMUS students we are hosting.

    • Hi Rob,
      Thanks for the comment.
      As you correctly point out this is the majority scenario for enrollments in Blackboard. We are aware of a few instances that need to be managed manually and are looking at ways to address this. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this in more detail.
      Kind Regards