Blackboard Going Away!

Blackboard is going away. In fact the server will be taken offline on July 28, 2011. On that date, no one at UMW will have access to the Blackboard server. Not even the IT folks will have access – no one will have access on July 28 and thereafter.

The good news is UMW has licensed a new and very exciting courses management system to use beginning fall semester, 2011. The new system is called Canvas (made by a company called Instructure).

For full training schedule and tutorials visit: http://canvas.umwblogs.org

So what does this mean to faculty members?

Consequences of Blackboard Going Away

  • Faculty should download, save, and/or print any materials in Blackboard before July 28, 2011. There will be NO ACCESS to Blackboard on July 28, 2011 and thereafter.
  • Faculty should be especially careful to document any student grades for summer 2011 as the server will not be available to look up and answer questions from students about their grades.
  • Starfish is not currently supported in Canvas. (Starfish may be used as a stand alone product.)
  • SafeAssign is not supported in Canvas.
  • iTunes U access method will change.
  • Eho360 is not supported in Canvas.
  • Blackboard courses can be converted for use in Canvas but most users find it easier to re-create the class rather than convert.

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