In the fall, we announced the planning surrounding the campus migration from the ANGEL learning management system to Blackboard Learn. The campus will be completely migrated to Blackboard Learn by the Fall 2015 semester.
The first cohort of faculty participating in the migration are now teaching with Blackboard Learn this spring semester. There are approximately 50 faculty teaching 130 courses with 3400 students in a mixture of fully online, hybrid and face-to-face offerings.
While there are a few configurations that are still being worked on, we are happy to say that the semester is off to a good start. There have been no major issues that would force us to revert back to ANGEL.
In the next few weeks, we will be seeking participants for the second cohort of faculty teaching summer classes. Please look for an announcement regarding that in the future.
The migration team spent the fall semester configuring the Blackboard Learn environment working on the integration to automatically pull in courses and registration data, single sign-on authentication using your Laker NetID, the look and feel of the system and the configuration of plugins such as Panopto for class capture, Ensemble for video storage, i-clicker for student response, Pearson and McGraw Hill publisher content access, lynda.com for online tutorials, and ARES for access the library e-reserves system.
Faculty and Student Preparation
To prepare the first cohort for the migration, faculty participated in a full-day training taught by Open SUNY to learn about the differences between ANGEL and Blackboard Learn. Their courses were migrated to Blackboard and additional training sessions were offered to assist faculty in preparing their content and further understanding the features available in Blackboard Learn. An additional nine sessions were offered during the CELT-sponsored Winter BreakOut. Students were also offered some online training materials and an online orientation to help them understand using Blackboard Learn.
The rest of the migration schedule is as follows:
- Spring 2015 semester: First cohort of faculty and students will use Blackboard Learn. Refinements to the Blackboard Learn environment will be made based on feedback.
- Summer 2015: Second cohort of faculty and students will use Blackboard Learn. Refinements to the Blackboard Learn environment will be made based on feedback.
- Fall 2015: Migration completed. All courses will be available to teach in Learn. ANGEL will be decommissioned.
The Blackboard migration team includes Extended Learning, CTS, Penfield Library, CELT and OpenSUNY.
Questions regarding the migration can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.