As communicated at the end of the fall semester, OIT will migrate the UMBC Blackboard server to version 6 at the end of the spring 2004 semester. Specifically, all Blackboard servers (version 5 AND 6) will be down all day Friday, May 21. This is necessary to use Summer Session (80-100 projected Bb courses) as an extended test to get ready for the busy fall semester (400+ projected Bb courses).
After the May 21 migration, students and faculty in spring 2004 courses will be able check (or post) grades by going to http://bb5.umbc.edu.
Migration Check List
Before the 5/21 migration:
After the 5/21 migration:
If you have any questions or concerns, please send email to email@example.com.
With the coming migration from Blackboard 5 to 6, now is the perfect time to submit a request to have your old courses deleted and start the new version with a clean(er) slate. Just submit a course deletion request that can be found at the UMBC Blackboard Support site (http://blackboard.umbc.edu). Complete the form and make sure you select the “Delete” radio button and OIT will take care of the rest. Just remember that once a course is deleted it is gone forever!!
Since students can't delete or "un-enroll" themselves from a course, making yours “unavailable” helps avoid frustration. Go into your course control panel and click on Course Settings -->Course Availability --> select “No” and then “Submit” to make your course unavailable to your students. This important step serves a dual role in cleaning up your students’ My Instituion page and removing the course from the catalog.
Note: All Fall 2004 courses created from the UMBC course template are set to automatically turn off on May 30th.
Now is the time to submit your course requests for both of the Summer sessions and the Fall 2004 semester. You can find the UMBC Blackboard Course Creation Request form by going to the Blackboard support site http://blackboard.umbc.edu. When submitting the request, you always have the option to request a copy of a past course which will save you some development time for the coming semester. If you would prefer a new course “shell”, the new course will be copied from the UMBC Course Template which contains help sheets, some basic content ideas, and tips to help you get started.
NOTE: Please submit summer course requests before May 10 so they can be completed prior to the May 21 Bb 5 to 6 course migration. If you have any questions, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, contact Bob Armstrong at email@example.com or 5-3885, or email Eric Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the usual end of the semester crunch and the move to version 6, we won’t be offering any Blackboard workshops prior to the end of the semester. Starting in June we will be offering a variety of workshops that will highlight the new features in Blackboard 6, as well as our other workshops that focus on multi-media and the new user. For more information and to register online, visit the OIT Training site at http://www.umbc.edu/training.
As always, if you have specific questions or you just can’t figure out how to do something in your course/community, please send email to email@example.com, contact Bob Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 5-3885, or email Eric Benson at email@example.com.
Note: Departmental TAs are welcome to attend any faculty/staff Blackboard workshop. Also, OIT is happy to present short Blackboard demos at departmental faculty meetings or to discuss custom departmental training for faculty and/or TAs, which has been successful for the English and history departments. For more information, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact John Fritz at email@example.com or 5-6596
Loyola College and Blackboard Mid-Atlantic are hosting a Spring Regional Blackboard Day Seminar on Thursday, April 29th 2004, that will cover the following:
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