Here Comes Blackboard Learn!

BbLearn-largeLast 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

Spring 2011
8/12/2011 3:17:10 PM