The annual rollover and creation of new courses will take place this summer in August. It’s a little late this year because of a related infrastructure project. Watch out for further updates on this soon.
Availability of new courses for 2015-16
We aim to create and provide access to 1516 courses on Blackboard by Monday 17th August.
As in previous years, if you are currently an instructor on any 1415 course, you will automatically be given access to the equivalent 1516 course.
Cleardown of courses from 2011-12
All staff and students currently have access to 4 years’ worth of courses on Blackboard. In preparation for the rollover period, all 1112 courses will be cleared from Blackboard.
If you have any content contained (only) within a 1112 course, it is important that you take a copy of this content before Friday 31st July. Individual items can be saved locally, or you may choose to export your course as a package suitable to re-use in another Blackboard course. For assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any student submissions contained within a 1112 course, please ensure that you have saved these locally as they will no longer be accessible on Blackboard after Friday 31st July.
The good news is that this will help to clear up your MyCourses list when you login. For more information on how you can manage this list, see a previous post – Organising your MyCourses list.
Training and Resources
The CELT Learning Technologies team are in the process of revamping our Blackboard resources site and a new, improved site will be launched shortly. In the meantime you can continue to use the existing resources at www.nuigalway.ie/blackboard.
We are also currently planning our third Blackboard Festival, a week of training opportunities on various aspects of Blackboard, including drop-in sessions, information sessions and workshops. Details will be announced soon.
You may also be interested to learn that the CELT Learning Technologies team is now on Facebook. Follow us there for updates on our activities and information about upcoming events and workshops. We hope you’ll comment on our activity, ask questions and offer your suggestions.