Getting Started in Compass

Below is a list of resources you may use to build your face-to-face course in Compass in the event your course needs to be moved online. Many of the resources include links to the UIUC Knowledge Base with directions for how to implement these items in your course site. If any of the links below do not answer your question, the Knowledge Base is an excellent place to turn to (in addition to Blackboard’s Help Documentation). You may also reach out to Technology Services at or CITL’s Instructional Support & Training Team at

Request a Course Space

Get started by asking our team to set up a Compass 2g site for your course. Our courses come with readymade Compass 2g course shells created by our eLearning experts. You can modify these pre-existing templates as needed to suit your course. Your course will be published online and allow student engagement, interaction, and learning to continue. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make certain to hide the course space from your students if you are not ready for it to be visible. Otherwise, it will open automatically.


Announcements sent through Compass 2g are a great way to get time-sensitive information to students. Review the links below for resources on how to create, send, and edit important announcements and information to your students. 


File Uploads (Word, PPT, PDF)

There are a number of reasons you may want to share files with your students. Depending on the file type and the reason for sharing, there are a few ways you can add files to your course site in an accessible and easily navigable way.

Video File Uploads/Mashups/Kaltura/Illinois Media Space

If you plan to upload a video you own or created to your course, we recommend using the Mashup tool to add a video via Kaltura/Illinois Media Space. Read more information on uploading videos to Kaltura/Illinois Media Space.

Live Sessions & Virtual Office

  • Using Zoom you can hold live, synchronous sessions online, manage your students during sessions, and record class participation. You can add Zoom as Tool links in your navigation menu. Read the directions on how to add tool link to spaces.

Assignments, Quizzes/Tests, Discussion Boards


If you need to add grades that were previously tracked elsewhere for your face-to-face course, we recommend that you add a single column and enter all of the previous points as one score in that column. If you have weighted grades, you will need to add multiple columns as described in “Creating Weighted Columns in Gradebook” link above.

Additional Assistance

Additional online tutorials and dates for training workshops can be found on the Training and Support pages. For further support in this area, contact