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Blackboard Consolidation

All 11 N.D. University System campuses will soon move to a single instance of the Blackboard learning management system. The goal is to create a unified experience for faculty and students across the 11 campuses and the University System office. 

May 2018 has been identified as a tentative date for NDSU's move into the consolidated Blackboard system.

The first campuses scheduled to be moved will be those that use eCollege: Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College and North Dakota State College of Science. The remaining campuses are tentatively scheduled to be moved in the following order:

  • Blackboard campuses: Minot State University, NDSU, University of North Dakota and Valley City State University
  • University System office and Moodle campuses: Dakota College at Bottineau, Dickinson State University, Mayville State University and Williston State College
Services included in this move:

All Blackboard core features and services will be migrated from local servers to Blackboard-run, cloud-hosted servers. This change may also impact services that interact with Blackboard, such as: 

  • Publisher-supplied content (e.g., Cengage Mindlinks, McGraw-Hill Connect, Pearson MyLabs)
  • Integrated tools (e.g., Turning Technologies, Tegrity, Respondus, ExamSoft)
  • NDSU-specific course creation/copy/merging processes (e.g., Blackboard Manager)

More information about how these services will be affected by the change will be available soon.

Timeline

May 24, 2016 - State Board of Higher Education voted to proceed with consolidation into a single-instance Blackboard

Nov. 16, 2016 - Governance teams and campus representatives gathered in Grand Forks to begin making system-level decisions for Blackboard

Nov. 17, 2016 - University System Core Technology Services targeted deadline for developing system-level project timeline

Nov. 21, 2016 - Functional team formed a student focus group with two students per campus

Jan. - May 15, 2017 - Campuses to complete their Academic Technology Planning discussions and action plans

May 2018 - Tentative date for NDSU's move to the consolidated Blackboard system

This timeline is base on information outlined by the University System. It is subject to change.


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