Blackboard Courseware

The Web is the primary means by which our instructors deliver online course materials to students. And in most cases for the last ten years, the course website was on Blackboard. During the 2013–2014 academic year, SAS is making the transition to another course management system named Canvas. In the current plan, Blackboard will no longer be available in the summer of 2014.

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Blackboard Site Creation

Blackboard sites are created on request. They are not created automatically. Also, a new Blackboard site is needed for each new semester (in order to give automatic access to the new semester's students). Materials can easily be copied into a site from the previous year's site.

It's easy for instructors and their assistants to create websites for courses with Blackboard courseware. Use our online forms to request a Blackboard site or to request assistance with Blackboard.

Blackboard Site Duration

Currently, a Blackboard site lasts for about twelve months from the beginning of the semester in which the course was taught. It remains available on subsidiary servers for another two years. This duration allows an instructor to transfer materials to a new site taught within three years.

Blackboard Site Archiving

The Library currently archives Blackboard sites that have been taken off line. However, the best practice is for each instructor to archive his or her own Blackboard sites, so that the materials will be available at a moment's notice. To archive a Blackboard site, go to Control Panel > Packages and Utilities > Export/Archive Course. Either Export or Archive will create a compressed file containing the site's materials, so that the instructor can then download the archive to a local computer's hard drive. The "Archive" tool also includes student records, such as grades. The compressed file can be used to recreate the site in Blackboard by using Control Panel > Packages and Utilities > Import Package.

Blackboard Sunset

Blackboard is being replaced by Canvas during the 2013–2014 academic year. Current plans are for our Blackboard environment to cease operations by the summer of 2014.

We are keeping archive copies of Blackboard sites, so that the content of the sites will be preserved. Instructors may request an archive of a course they taught.