Blackboard Clean-Up: Archive Summer 2016 Courses before June 2nd

Summer 2016 Course's will be Deleted on June 2nd.

If you have not already done so as a part of the End of Semester Process, download an archive and Grade Center file from each summer 2016 course you taught before they are permanently deleted from Blackboard on Friday June 2nd at 8:00 AM (Central).

Remember, courses that were offered in the summer of 2016 will have Blackboard IDs that begin with SU2017.

Best Practices for Saving Courses

If you do not have a “master copy” of your course permanently stored on the Blackboard system,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.

Warning

Due to changes in username formats, hosting servers, and service packs, requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your course and grade data NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

If you have questions about this process, contact tltdept@matc.edu

Blackboard Clean-Up: Archive Last Spring’s Courses Before April 7th

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If you have not already done so as a part of the End of Semester Process,  download an archive and Grade Center file from each spring 2016 course you taught before they are permanently deleted from Blackboard on Friday April 7th at 8:00 AM (Central).

Remember, courses that were offered in the spring of 2016 will have Blackboard IDs that begin with SP2016.

Best Practices for Saving Courses

If you do not have a “master copy” of your course permanently stored on the Blackboard system,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.

Warning

Due to changes in username formats, hosting servers, and service packs, requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your course and grade data NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

End of Semester Tasks – Online Teaching Best Practices

End of Semester Tasks

At the end of each semester, instructors teaching within Blackboard must perform a series of tasks called the End of the Semester Process. This process is helpful for preserving a record of an instructor’s course content, Grade Center, and student work in an Archive file.

PLEASE NOTE! It is the instructor’s responsibility to perform the Archive process and download steps in each course they have taught so that content and grade information can be accessed at a later date!

Blackboard ‘End of the Semester Tasks’ Workshop Coming Soon!

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At the end of each semester, instructors teaching within Blackboard must perform a series of tasks called the End of the Semester Process. This process is necessary for preserving a full record of an instructor’s Blackboard course content, Grade Center, and student work for future reference. It is the instructor’s responsibility to perform these steps in each course they have taught so that content and grade information can be accessed at a later date!

Faculty are encouraged to attend a one-hour workshop this December to review performing these essential tasks. To reserve your seat in these workshop events, please complete the session’s RSVP form.

Date & Time Location Leader RSVP
Tues. December 8th
11 AM – 12 PM
Milwaukee Campus
Room M458
Mernathan Sykes  FULL
Thurs. December 10th
11 AM – 12 PM
Milwaukee Campus
Room M458
Mernathan Sykes Reserve Your Seat
Tues. December 8th
1 PM – 2 PM
Oak Creek Campus
Room A110
Doni Bartley Reserve Your Seat

Reminder: Perform Blackboard End of Semester Process at End of Spring Term

ChecklistAt the end of each semester, instructors teaching within Blackboard must perform a series of tasks called the End of the Semester Process.

This process is necessary for preserving a full record of an instructor’s Blackboard course content, Grade Center, and student work for future reference. It is the instructor’s responsibility to perform these steps in each course they have taught so that content and grade information can be accessed at a later date!

If you have any questions about these processes, contact the Blackboard Faculty Support team using our Contact Us Form.

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops: End of the Semester Process & More

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END OF THE SEMESTER PROCESS

In these drop-in training sessions, faculty will review the best practices for closing out semester courses: making courses unavailable, archiving a course, and downloading grades.

Date & Time Location Leader
Tues.  12/9 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Milwaukee Campus, M201 Mernathan Sykes
Tues. 12/9  2:30 PM-4:30 PM Milwaukee Campus, M201 Judy Springer
Thurs. 12/11  10:30 AM-12:00 PM Milwaukee Campus, M201 Mernathan Sykes
Thurs. 12/11 12:00 PM-1:00 PM West Allis Campus, 350 Erin Dischler
Thurs. 12/11 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Mequon Campus, B220 Stephanie McKennie
Mon. 12/15  2:30 PM-4:30 PM Milwaukee Campus, M201A Judy Springer
Tues. 12/16 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Milwaukee Campus, M201A Mernathan Sykes
Thurs. 12/18  1:00 PM-4:00 PM Oak Creek Campus, A206 Doni Bartley
Thurs. 12/18 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Milwaukee Campus, M201A Mernathan Sykes

USING THE QWICKLY TOOL

In this one hour workshop, faculty will review how to use Blackboard’s Qwickly tool to manage their course availability and send announcements or email to students enrolled in courses.

Date & Time Location Leader
Wed. 12/10 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Mequon Campus, B220 Stephanie McKennie

DOWNLOADING THE GRADE BOOK

In this one hour workshop, faculty will review how to download a Blackboard course’s Grade Center as an easy-to-review Excel file.

DATE & TIME LOCATION LEADER
Tues. 12/16  10:00 AM-11:00 AM Mequon Campus, A129 Stephanie McKennie

Remember to Perform the Blackboard End of Semester Process

download-imgAt the end of each semester, instructors teaching within Blackboard  must perform a series of tasks called the End of the Semester Process. This process is helpful for preserving a full record of an instructor’s Blackboard course content, Grade Center, and student work in an archive file.

PLEASE NOTE!

  • It is the instructor’s responsibility to archive each of the courses they have taught so that content and grade information can be accessed at a later date!
  • Due to the scheduled maintenance upgrade at the end of December, Blackboard will be unavailable to faculty and students from December 30th through January 1st.  Blackboard will become available again on January 2nd (unless otherwise communicated).

If you have any questions about performing the tasks in this process, please attend any of our upcoming End of the Semester Process Workshops.

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Winter Blackboard Upgrade Coming Soon!

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MATC will be upgrading to Blackboard Learn 9.1, service pack April Release 2014 on December 30th through January 1st.  Please note that Blackboard will become unavailable to faculty and students starting December 30th 12:01 AM CST and remain unavailable until January 2nd (unless otherwise communicated).

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO PREPARE?
As a part of the “end of semester” best practices, we strongly recommend that faculty perform the following tasks before the upgrade on December 30th:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR SAFEASSIGN USERS
Please be aware that with the upgrade, the SafeAssign feature will be integrated with Blackboard Assignments and will no longer be a separate content type. To prepare for this integration, please delay adding SafeAssignments to your spring 2015 courses until the upgrade is complete on January 2nd.

WHERE CAN YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT’S COMING?
Please see these resources to learn about the upgrade:

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Blackboard End of the Semester Best Practices

end-of-semester-process-stickieAt the end of each semester, instructors teaching within Blackboard  must perform a series of tasks called the “End of the Semester Process”. This process is series of best practices for preserving a full record of an instructor’s Blackboard course content, Grade Center, and student work in an archive file.

warning-flat-iconPLEASE NOTE!

  • It is the instructor’s responsibility to archive each of their courses so that content can be accessed at a later date.
  • Requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your courses and grade centers yourself NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

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Last Spring 2013 Blackboard Courses to Be Deleted at End of February

Previous Spring 2013 Blackboard course shells will be removed from Blackboard starting  Feb. 28th, 2014 at 8:00 AM!

If you have not already done so, please remember to archive your courses from the Spring of 2013 and save a copy of your Grade Center before these files are permanently removed from Blackboard.  Doing so will provide you with a copy of your course materials and grade center information which you can save offline for future reference.

This only impacts courses taught in the Spring of 2013. Personal Masters, Department Masters, and organizations will not be removed.

** PLEASE NOTE! **

Due to the changes in username formats, servers, and service packs that have happened since June 2013, requests for course archives may be time-consuming and  restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your courses and grade centers NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER.


HOW TO SAVE YOUR WORK

Be sure to save your work using the step-by-step instructions from the  Faculty Blackboard Support Site:

Blackboard End of Semester Process

end-of-semester-process-stickieAt the end of each semester, instructors teaching within Blackboard  must perform a series of tasks called the “End of the Semester Process”. This process is helpful for preserving a full record of an instructor’s Blackboard course content, Grade Center, and student work in an archive file.

PLEASE NOTE!

  • It is the instructor’s responsibility to archive each of their courses so that content can be accessed at a later date!
  • Blackboard will be unavailable to faculty and students on Dec. 23rd at 5PM CST and will remain unavailable until the week of January 6th, 2014.

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