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Blackboard Migration

All 11 N.D. University System campuses are moving to one NDUS 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. 

If you have specific questions, email the Help Desk at ndsu.helpdesk@ndsu.edu.

Timeline

Important Dates

March 18, 2019 - Production environment available for faculty to build summer 2019 courses.

May 2019 - Summer courses live in new Blackboard environment.

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

Note: Spring 2019 courses will NOT be impacted by the migration.

Preparing for Migration

Blackboard Portfolio Process

NDSU Portfolios and portfolio content (artifacts) do not migrate, you will need to recreate your portfolio and upload the content into the new NDUS Blackboard System.  This is a two step procedure.  


Step 1
- In the old NDSU Blackboard, download your portfolio content (artifacts). This step must be done by May 31, 2019.


Step 2
- In the NEW NDUS Blackboard, upload your content (artifacts) into a new portfolio.

Supported Browsers

Internet Explorer (including IE 11) is no longer supported in this newest Blackboard version and beyond. We have already identified issues with creating or editing Announcements, and the Attendance and Create Recording features will not work in Internet Explorer. Other issues isolated to Internet Explorer will not be resolved by Blackboard Support.

The solution is to use another browser - Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.

Blackboard Browser Checker - Check your browser and other settings

Blackboard browser support information

Blackboard Organizations

If you are a leader in one or more NDSU Blackboard Organizations(s) you will need to take action by Monday, April 1st.  Leaders will need to send a confirmation email to NDSU Instructional Services (ndsu.itsis@ndsu.edu) which must include the organization name and organization number (Example: 193-NDSU-ORG-ADV: Advising 101).

If you do not want to migrate your organization you do not need to do anything.
How to find an Organization and the Organization number

Course Migration Process

Instructional Services is currently migrating previous NDSU Blackboard courses to the Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system so they are available for copying when instructors activate courses for the 2019 summer and fall terms.

On Tuesday, March 5th, all courses prior to Spring 2019 (terms 191 and earlier) were hidden from both instructors and students on the NDSU Blackboard system. Blackboard course lists will only display Spring 2019 courses at this time. If you need temporary access to an earlier course on the NDSU system, please contact the IT Help Desk for assistance

Note: You now have access to your previous courses on the NDUS Blackboard Learn system.

NDSU Blackboard Building Block/LTI Integration Process

Third Party/Vendor Building Blocks (B2's) or Learning Tool Integrations (LTI’s) that are not created by Blackboard requires approval and manual intervention to test and implement on the new Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system. 

Request Deadlines to Instructional Services (ITS):

·      For Fall Term: Submit by June 1

·      For Spring Term: Submit by Oct. 1

·      For Summer Term: Submit by March 1

Process:

1.     Instructor completes and submits the Software and Online Service Contract Review request form.

2.     Contract vetting takes place at ITS.

3.     The instructor will receive confirmation in a Service Now ticket, confirming the legal decision of the software (ITS will be re-assigned the ticket for additional work).

4.     After the legal confirmation, the instructor will receive a form from ITS requesting additional information required to complete the Building Block/LTI process.

 

NDSU will determine:

5.     If the licensing terms and conditions meet the minimum legal requirements. ITS confirms the contract meets the terms and conditions that legal requires.

6.     NDSU will determine if the building block/LTI is compatible with the Blackboard system.

7.     Once the building block/LTI is acquired, installed, configured and basic functionality tested (on the NDUS test system), the requester will be notified and asked to proceed with testing. Once testing is complete, the requester is responsible for following-up with ITS as to whether or not the building block/LTI meets their needs, if their testing was successful, and if any issues were encountered.

8.     Once installed on the Blackboard Learn (NDUS) production, a confirmation email will be sent to the requester from ITS.

What to expect when logging in to the Blackboard Learn (NDUS) System

New Look

After logging in to the new Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system you will see the Blackboard System theme and the “My NDSU’ tab.  When you select “My NDSU” tab you will then see the NDSU color theme. Your courses and organization should appear.  

New Course Template

The new home page allows for a quick place to view notifications and announcements, change course availability with a single click, and create a course to do list. The new “My Grades” tab will benefit students by allowing them to easily check all course grades with one click.     

What can you expect with Courses and Organizations

Creating/Activating, Copying and Combining Courses with Blackboard Manager

Blackboard Manager is a product unique to NDSU that allows instructors to create/activate, copy and/or merge (combine) Blackboard courses. Instructors will continue to use Bb Manager each semester to activate and/or merge or copy courses.

Once you log in to NDUS Blackboard Learn, click the My NDSU link at the top, then click the NDSU Course Activation link to access Blackboard Manager and view the instructions for using it.

Summer session courses are now available for activation in Bb Manager.

Course Creation & Enrollment

Blackboard sites are created approximately 110 days before the course start date as listed in Campus Connection. If an instructor would like an under development site, they would need to contact Instructional Services. Additionally, course sites are populated with users based on information verified in Campus Connection: Instructor and Students.

Course Activation with Blackboard Manager and Course Availability in Blackboard

To allow for editing and content upload prior to each semester, Blackboard course sites are not made available to students by default. Each instructor is able to make a course available, when the Blackboard site is ready for students to access. The two-step process consist of activating your course in Blackboard Manager and making your course available in Blackboard. 

Instructors can easily see if the course is available or unavailable to students and change the availability status with a single click! A padlock icon appears near the Edit Mode and Student Preview icons in the upper right corner. The padlock is open when the course is available and closed when it isn't. Click the padlock icon to quickly change the course availability.

 

Note: More information to come on activating your course in Blackboard Manager.

Course Archival, Removal & Retention

NDUS Course archival, removal and retention procedure is equal to or longer than existing NDSU procedure.   

Organizations

Blackboard Organization sites are used for groups, committees, departments, organizations, and more.  Blackboard Organization will now be found under the Community tab in the new Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system.  

What's New?

Logging in to the NEW Blackboard Learn (NDUS) System

Most users will use their NDUS.Identifier username (ex. jane.doe) and password.  This would be the same as your campus connection credentials.
Contact IT Help Desk for assistance.

Blackboard/Campus Connection Grade Import (Coming Soon)

We are excited to announce the availability, coming soon, of Blackboard Grades Import function into Campus Connection (CC). This integration allows the instructor of record to import term-based final grades from their Blackboard course(s) directly into Campus Connection. The option provides a one-way transfer of data and will help to ensure a secure and accurate recording of grades from Blackboard to Campus Connection.

Blackboard Ally (Coming Soon)

Blackboard Ally was developed to help institutions understand and tackle accessibility in a way that benefits all students. One of the driving forces behind the creation of Ally is the belief that accessibility should not be connected only to disabilities.  Accessibility should be about providing better access to everyone and improving the quality of the educational experience for everyone. The North Dakota University System (NDUS) purchased Blackboard Ally to help all the campuses become more inclusive through the improvement of digital content.

NEW Plagiarism Tool

NDUS is currently in the RFP process for identifying a plagiarism checking solution to replace SafeAssign.  

NEW Look and Course Default Template

After logging in to the new Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system you will see the Blackboard System theme and the “My NDSU’ tab.  When you select “My NDSU” tab you will then see the NDSU color theme. Your courses and organization should appear. 

The course default template has added a home page that allows for a quick place to view notifications and announcements, change course availability with a single click, and create a course to do list. The new “My Grades” tab will benefit students by allowing them to easily check all course grades with one click.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I see any of my older courses on NDSU Blackboard?

Currently the NDSU Blackboard course lists display only Spring 2019 courses. Older courses are currently being hidden as part of the process of migrating Blackboard courses to the NDUS instance. Instructors will have access to all of these courses again when the transition to the NDUS system is complete in March.

Why are we moving from Blackboard to Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system?

All eleven North Dakota University System campuses are moving to one NDUS Blackboard learning management system. The goal is to create a unified experience for faculty and students across the eleven campuses and the University System office. 

If we are moving from Blackboard to Blackboard, will there be any major differences?

The user functionality will stay largely the same as currently uses. Visit What’s New section for more detailed information

When will this migration take place?

The migration will not impact classes for the 2019 spring term.  However, the new Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system will be ready for classes in the 2019 summer and fall terms.

When will I have access to the new Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system?

The new Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system will be available for faculty to build 2019 summer and fall courses on March 18, 2019. Summer courses will be live in the new Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system.   

Will I go to the same place to log in to Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system?

Links on NDSU web pages will be updated to direct you to the correct site. Any personal bookmarks or favorites you have created to navigate to NDSU Blackboard will need to be updated.

How will I log in to the new Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system?

Users will use their NDUS.Identifier username (ex. jane.doe) and password.  This would be the same as your campus connection credentials. Contact IT Help Desk for assistance.  

When will our NDSU Blackboard instance be gone?

The NDSU Blackboard instance will be unavailable end of May

How will I seek assistance with the new version of Blackboard? Will I still have campus level support?

Yes, you will still have campus level support.  The campus support will remain the same as NDSU currently has.  

Will I be able to use/copy existing Blackboard course materials in to the new Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system?

Yes, all existing course content will be copied in to courses on the new system. Note: Any course content changes made after October, 2018, will NOT appear on the new Blackboard Learn (NDUS) system as this course content was migrated to the new system earlier.  

Will any of my content be lost?

We do not anticipate any lost content but, we recommend that you backup your course content (see Preparing for Migration, export content for instructions) 

Will I be able to request access to archived courses?

Yes, you will continue to request access to archived courses through the Instructional Services staff.  


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