Last November, the President’s Academic Computing Advisory Council
(PACAC) voted for Blackboard Learn to replace Blackboard Vista as NAU’s
new enterprise Learning Management System (LMS). Since then, ITS and
the e-Learning Center have been hard at work getting this new system
ready so that the transition from Vista to Learn can begin.
The new Bb Learn environment is up and running with new
hardware to support it, and the work necessary to have courses and
course enrollments fed automatically has been completed. With fully
redundant servers, storage, and backups, the new LMS environment is
built to be as robust and stable as Vista has been over the last
several years. Bb Learn will also be much faster for end users than
Vista currently is thanks to the new hardware.
The e-Learning Center has also been working to become familiar
with Bb Learn so that they can support it for instructors just as they
have for Vista. They will begin to offer formal training for Bb Learn
mid-February and have already begun to migrate course content for
faculty who have requested it. Anyone who will need to move content from
Vista to Bb Learn for summer 2011, fall 2011 or spring 2012 terms
should get migration requests in as soon as possible to ensure that
e-Learning has enough time to perform your migration. Migration
requests can be submitted at the course migrations page.
There are approximately 40 classes being taught in Bb Learn this
spring semester. Anyone who would like to begin teaching in Bb Learn
later this spring or for summer of 2011 can contact e-Learning
for assistance in getting your class set up or migrated. Course shells
will be built for all courses in Bb Learn in place of Vista starting
for fall 2011 and no new teaching will be done in Vista starting spring
2012. More details about the transition timeline can be found on the e-Learning website.