Blackboard announced in late March that ANGEL would be extended as a product “indefinitely”. This announcement, while lacking in many details, impacts our planned migration to Blackboard originally slated to begin in 2013.
We anticipate that further details regarding ongoing ANGEL support and any potential enhancements will emerge after the Blackboard World user conference in mid-July. We also anticipate that the SUNY Learning Network (SLN) will be communicating with Blackboard regarding this announcement, and that SLN will provide further details on ongoing support at the SUNY CIT conference in early June.
Based on the initial information in hand, we will delay our migration to Blackboard until we know more details. We will continue to remain on ANGEL through the 2013-2014 academic year.
We are still on course to upgrade to ANGEL version 8 late summer (see “ANGEL Upgrading to Version 8”).
If you have any questions related to this announcement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SLN will be upgrading SUNY Oswego’s ANGEL instance to version 8 on August 20-21st. ANGEL will not be available during this time frame. Please plan accordingly.
One of the biggest advantages for upgrading to version 8 is compatibility with Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browsers. There are also enhancements to dropboxes, discussion forum rubrics, the gradebook and more.
For detailed information on all of the new features and enhancements, please see Blackboard’s “What’s New in ANGEL 8.0” document.
Recently, the SUNY Learning Network (SLN) negotiated a contract with McGraw-Hill (MH) to allow all SUNY campuses access to the MH Campus “nugget” within ANGEL. When enabled, this nugget allows you to use MH textbook resources such as PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, sample chapters, etc. in your course.
In addition to utilizing textbook resources, you can also use the MH Create product to create your own textbook. This feature allows you to pick specific chapters of different textbooks and upload pdf documents to create your own textbook. You can then specify whether you would like the textbook in printed or e-text format.Please view this McGraw Hill webinar recording
for more detailed information on the product.