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ANGEL to Blackboard Migration Delayed

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 angelhelp-list@ls.oswego.edu.

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ANGEL Version 8 Upgrade August 20-21

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.

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Using Textbook Resources in ANGEL

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.
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Tech Tip

Have you made a backup of your online or web-enhanced course lately?  If you are a faculty member teaching with the ANGEL learning management system, you should make a few backups of your course regularly throughout the semester.  Here are the steps:

  1. Click on the course link for which you want to backup.
  2. From the Manage tab within the Data Management nugget, click on Backup & Restore link
  3. In the Your Backups area, click on the here link to create a backup.
  4. Your backup request will be queued to run and you will receive an email once it has completed.
  5. To download the backup to your computer, return to the Your Backups area on the Manage tab and click on the file to download.

Learning Management System (ANGEL) Updates

Browser Compatibility
This past spring, Microsoft released Internet Explorer (IE) version 9 and shortly afterward, Mozilla released Firefox version 4.  ANGEL was not immediately compatible with these two browsers.  An ANGEL software patch was applied to our installation last month that now makes it compatible with both of these browsers.

ANGEL to Blackboard Migration
In 2009,  Blackboard acquired ANGEL and since then have been working on merging the two products.   They have started this merger by slowly blending the strengths of each product and introducing them into Blackboard version 9.

Over the last two years since Blackboard’s acquisition of ANGEL, the SUNY Learning Network (SLN) has been investigating migration paths away from ANGEL to another Learning Management System (LMS) product.  SLN is a SUNY unit that provides distance learning services to member campuses.  They currently host the SUNY Oswego installation of ANGEL along with 26 other SUNY campuses.

Recently, SLN announced that they will officially be supporting Blackboard as the next LMS for SLN campuses.  A new three-year contract between SUNY and Blackboard is nearly complete.  SUNY Oswego has chosen to participate in this contract when it becomes available and will be looking at migrating from ANGEL to Blackboard sometime over the next 12-18 months.  We will keep users informed of the details on the actual migration as we have them.  Look for announcements on the SUNY Oswego ANGEL website.