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UA is moving to a single Blackboard system

On April 14th, President Johnsen presented a set of decisions to SW staff based on the work of the Statewide Transformation Team.  Among these was the decision to move all of UA to a single Blackboard Learn system.  Based on the timeline, this system is to be ready for Faculty by June 13th, 2016.  Technicians are hard at work building the system so that UA faculty can test the system as soon as possible.

This project migration website will help to communicate and keep UAS users informed on the transition and answer many general questions.

Things we know:

  • All UA classes will be delivered through the new Blackboard server beginning the Spring-2017 semester.  Fall-2016 semester will remain on the UAS Blackboard server.
  • Spring-2017 courses will be available at the end of October.  Faculty will have limited access prior to the end October.
  • The new address will be: http://classes.alaska.edu
  • Students and faculty will continue to be able to access their classes directly from the links provided at the top of every UAS web page and through the UAS web portal.
  • The plan is to migrate content from prior semesters to the new Blackboard server.  Date to be determined.
  • Going forward, there will be an opportunity for faculty to have input on how the UA-wide system will be enhanced.

An updated timeline will be posted soon

Progress so far

April 14, 2016 President Johnsen announces decision to Statewide Staff

April 18, 2016 Technical groups informed of decision and directed to fast-track the project

April 25, 2016 Notification of decision sent to UAS community

May 5, 2016 Clarification from President Johnsen regarding Fall 2016 classes; UAS Fall class sites made available.

Looking ahead

May-June

  • New Blackboard hardware and databases set up
  • Blackboard software installation
  • Banner updating of user and and classes set up
  • University-specific customization
  • Linking of new Blackboard environment to already-created Fall courses
  • Single-instance go-live.  UAS faculty and students transition to connecting to http://classes.alaska.edu

July-August

  • Students continue accessing Summer classes as they always have
  • Faculty and Students able to connect to fall classes through the new single blackboard instance
  • Faculty continue to prepare Fall course sites
  • University community provide feedback on new environment
  • Technical teams engineer solutions to merge previous semester data into new environment

September

  • Start of Fall classes; continuation of late ending summer classes

October

  • Creation of Spring 2017 classes exclusively in new Blackboard environment

Fall 2016-Spring 2017

  • Wrap up of fall classes
  • Migration of previous semester data
  • Phased shutdown of UAS blackboard server
 

When can I access my Spring-2017 classes?

The spring 2017 course shells will be populated in early November.

What happens to content from prior semesters?

UA technicians will be working to move as much data as possible from prior semester into the new system.  Due to the complexity, this work will not happen until after the new system is set up and running.

When will the current UAS Blackboard system be shut down?

The current UAS system will be shut down  after all courses running on it have ended and the data has been transferred.

What happens to the UAS web portal?

Starting in Fall 2015, students and faculty no longer needed to access Blackboard through the web portal.  Going forward, logging into the portal will not be required; however, users still have the option of doing so.

Being logged into the UAS single-sign-on will continue to provide benefits such as direct access to course web sites from any UAS web page.

 

 

Migration of old course data

There has not been time to establish how to merge the previous semesters from all universities into a single Blackboard.  UA will be working with Blackboard on solutions.

Building block settings

With the single blackboard environment, all campuses using a specific building block will need to use the identical settings.  Technicians are evaluating where there may be differences to resolve.

 

 
 

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