Development Shell



All courses listed on the UFV timetable will have a myClass (Blackboard) course shell created automatically.  If you log into myClass and do not see your course listed, please contact Scheduling.

Use this service to request a development shell for a course.  Development shells are manually created by ITS and are used by instructors that want to prepare a course that is not yet available.  Development shells will have no students enrolled.  

CONSIDERATIONS:  Development shells do not have term dates set; therefore, the shell will remain on your course list as a past course and will be archived after two years.  

TIP:  Development shells can be used to create a master course template of a past course.  To do this, perform a course copy from the past course into the development shell.  You can course copy into the live course when it becomes available.       

Information Required

UFV faculty can complete the Development Shell request form to request a development shell for course preparation prior to the live course availability.  Please provide the following information when filling out the form: 

  • Primary instructor name
  • Preferred course shell name
  • Development shell purpose
  • Instructor name(s) (empl ID or email address)
  • Student name(s) and ID or email address (if applicable)
  • Student course role (if applicable)
  • Course to copy from (if applicable)


Click on the "Submit Development Shell Request" and complete all required fields on the form.


Contact the IT Service Desk, or check the ticket status of your tickets in the Online Portal for updates.

Service Catalogue Entry

Service Name Development Shell                                                                                        
Service Users UFV Faculty
Description Request a development shell.
Features N/A
Category Learning Management System / myclass (Blackboard)
Sub Category myclass (Blackboard) Service Requests
Supporting Services N/A
Service Owner Manager, Application Services
Business Owner Manager, Application Services
Authorized Requestors All UFV faculty can request this service
Request Process Submit the Development Shell request form with all required fields.
Approval Requirement/Process N/A
Requirements and Pre-requisites N/A
Turnaround Time for New Requests 2 business days.
Requester Responsibility Enter all required fields on the form.  Provide all necessary details.  
Support Hours IT Service Desk business hours
Hours of Availability/Planned Downtime 24/7
Support Process Contact the IT Service Desk.  Check the status of the ticket in the IT Services Portal.
Support Owner Manager, Application Services
Support Documentation IT Services Portal Knowledge Base 
Customer Costs N/A
Submit Development Shell Request


Service ID: 2251
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Thu 4/14/22 1:40 PM