Beginning with the fall semester 2010, the Blackboard course management system will be replaced with the Course Site course management system.
Three factors contributed to the decision to move to this new environment:
- Faculty and student feedback on the annual Blackboard survey has shown an increasing desire for enhanced, easy-to-use features. Course Site provides an intuitive environment, improved grade book, enhanced discussion forum capabilities, along with many other features.
- Course Site will allow the University to save significantly on our annual licensing cost, allowing these dollars to be shifted to support other teaching and learning initiatives
- A new version of Blackboard has been released which is very different from our current version. The amount of re-training that would need to be done to familiarize faculty, students and staff with this new environment is considerable and would not necessarily result in appreciable improvements for the people using this system
Three very successful Course Site pilot tests were run throughout the spring, summer and fall 2009 semesters. These pilot courses spanned all four colleges and included undergraduate, graduate, and distance education students. Positive feedback from faculty and students provided the impetus for making this move campus-wide.
Fall 2009 Semester - complete fall pilot course using Course Site, prepare interested faculty to use Course Site for the Spring 2010 semester
Spring 2010 Semester - migration of courses to Course Site, Blackboard courses still available for use
Summer 1 2010 Semester - migration of courses to Course Site, Blackboard courses still available for use
Summer 2 2010 Semester - migration of courses to Course Site, Blackboard courses still available for use
Fall 2010 Semester - All courses on Course Site, Blackboard no longer available