All EXCO courses have an instance in Blackboard. Users that are officially listed as instructors will see a link to the instance under the ‘My Online Courses’ module.
The courses are already pre-populated with anyone that officially signed up for the course. Therefore, the email function and class roster is ready to go.
Links to the course sites are not seen by your students because the course is ‘unavailable’ by default. The students will only see them if you make them available. If you do not intend on making material available to your students or do not have anything for them to do in Blackboard, don’t make it available. You can view the roster and send email without making the site available. Instructions for making it available
To learn more about what you can do with Blackboard, see https://en-us.help.blackboard.com//Learn/9.1_2014_04/Instructor