The Web is the primary means by which our instructors deliver online course materials to students. And in most cases, the course website is on Blackboard. Blackboard is a commercial course management system. In the academic year 2009–2010, the School of Arts & Sciences had 3145 Blackboard sites for courses.
- Blackboard Login Page
- Blackboard Support (and Self-Help): Documentation, Forms
- Online Form for Requesting Blackboard Support
- Courseware and Library Services
- Electronic Reserves
- Blackboard Course Site Request Form (for instructors & instructional staff)
- Blackboard tutorials in the LRC documentation repository
- Your suggestions for enhancements to Blackboard (at Blackboard.com)
- Blackboard Status (latest reported status)
- Blackboard Downtime Schedule
- Archives of the Bb-announce mailing list (subscribe for announcements of planned and unplanned downtime)
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.
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.