Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Blackboard upgrade and migration project: announcement 2

I’d just like to update you on progress with the Blackboard Upgrade and Migration Project. In the last few weeks we’ve achieved a number of milestones. These include;

  1. IT Services working with The Elevate Team at UCS and Blackboard to enable authenticated sign-on using UCS username and password.

  2. Successful tests of uploading course, individual and enrollment data into Blackboard (module IDs and student enrollments based on UCS data)

  3. Test migrations of course content to identify migration routes (how to get course content into the system)

We have also started to update various staff groups, course teams and committees about the project, the timelines and milestones.

The three key areas we are working at the moment are liaising with Blackboard to test the most effective way of migrating courses to the new system, consulting with Academic Services to finalise a date for migration which has the least impact on exam boards, re-submissions etc., and working with IT Services to automate the course and enrollment data.

So what do you, the individual staff member, need to do? The answer is to make sure your course is up to date.

We’ll be announcing a number of mechanisms to start exploring the new software at the start of May. However, if you have any questions, please email the Elevate Team (elevate@ucs.ac.uk)

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