Course Site Login & Request Information
Course Site is available at http://coursesite.lehigh.edu
You can request a Course Site course at: http://coursesite.lehigh.edu (click on the "Request a Course Site" link on the right side of the Course Site home page)
Course Site Training and Documentation Resources
You can access additional helpful training resources at: Course Site Resources
Training and Support Events
All training and support events are listed at: Course Site Training and Support Events
Individual or group consultations are also available - contact an IT Consultant
Blackboard Export Information
Information on saving your Blackboard gradebook and/or course materials is available at: Saving Blackboard Items
Spring 2009 Semester - First pilot semester
Summer 1 & 2 2009 - Second pilot semester
Fall 2009 Semester - complete fall pilot courses 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 for active course usage after August 20th, 2010
Blackboard available for reference purposes until October 29th, 2010
Blackboard Replacement Transition to Begin January 2010
Dear Lehigh Faculty:
In January 2010, our campus will begin a process of transitioning from Blackboard to a new course management system called Course Site.
Both Course Site and Blackboard will be available throughout the spring and summer of 2010; however, by the start of fall semester 2010, Blackboard will no longer be available at Lehigh.
Please read on for information on why this decision was made and what it means for Lehigh faculty.
Why this is happening.
Three factors contributed to the decision to phase out Blackboard and begin using Course Site.
1) Faculty and student feedback on the annual Blackboard survey has shown an increasing desire for enhanced, easy-to-use features. Course Site provides a more intuitive environment, improved grade book, enhanced discussion forum capabilities, and many other attractive features.
2) Course Site is an open-source system (powered by Moodle). Using it will allow the University to save significantly on our annual course management system costs, savings that can be used to support other teaching and learning initiatives.
3) A transition to the newest version Blackboard system (which is very different from our current version) would have required a significant amount of time and effort on the part of faculty, students and staff--with little improvement to the user experience.
In light of these considerations, the LTS Instructional Technology Team conducted pilot tests of Course Site during the spring, summer and fall semesters of 2009. These pilot courses spanned all four colleges and included undergraduate, graduate, and distance education students. Positive feedback from faculty and students assured us that the time was right to make this transition campus wide.
For details about the pilot or for more information on this ongoing project visit: http://www.lehigh.edu/coursesite
What this means for faculty.
Because of the learning curve associated with the adoption of any new technology, LTS will host multiple opportunities to help you learn how to use Course Site. These sessions will begin at the upcoming 'Symposium on Teaching & Learning' and continue on in December and early January. Additional learning opportunities will also be available throughout the Spring and Summer 2010 semesters.
-To learn more about Course Site, or to sign up for one of these sessions, visit http://www.lehigh.edu/coursesite
-To request that a Course Site be set up for your spring class, simply complete the request form at: https://www.lehigh.edu/lts/teams/it/sblackboard/bbrequest.shtml
-If you have questions or need individualized help, please contact the appropriate Instructional Technology Consultant from the list below:
CAS Judd Hark 8-3984 email@example.com
CBE: Jason Slipp 8-5343 firstname.lastname@example.org
COE: Ilena Key 8-5045 email@example.com
RCEAS: Robin Deily 8-4988 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dist. Ed.: Peggy Kane 8-6952 email@example.com
-If you have general questions about the Course Site transition, please contact Greg Reihman, 8-6840 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks in advance for your patience during this transition.
Bruce M. Taggart, Ph.D.
Library & Technology Services
(610) 758-3026 (Phone)
(610) 758-3004 (Fax)