Blackboard and Sakai Options for the Fall


Contributed by Beth Rugg

As of May 2, 2011, faculty can create Blackboard course shells through HomerConnect for Fall 2011 courses. Please note that ITS is also piloting the new Sakai system over the summer and expects to make that option available as well in early August. While both Blackboard and Sakai will be available for the 2011-2012 academic year, all Blackboard courses must be moved to Sakai by August 2012. We are encouraging faculty who are building new course sites to consider waiting until early August in order to use Sakai. ITS will offer extensive support for Sakai including training, documentation, video tutorials, individual consultations, etc.

For more information about Sakai see the Instructional Support Services website or contact the Helpdesk (607) 274-1000.

To create a course "shell" in Blackboard:

Courses are created in Blackboard at 8 am and 3 pm daily. To see the section in Blackboard, log into and choose the Blackboard quick access link on the upper right side of the menu:

Grouping Sections in Blackboard

Instructors who use Blackboard and teach courses with multiple sections can group these sections ("child" sections) together so that content is managed in one "parent" section. After grouping, instructors will see only the parent section; child sections will be inaccessible. Faculty will be able to build content in the "parent" section as soon as the "parent" course is activated.

Copying Content

To copy content from one section to another:

For more information about the Blackboard system at IC, visit the ITS Blackboard support website.

Instructional and Digital Media Design Assistance

Finally, summer can be a great time to re-vamp your online course materials. Please contact Marilyn Dispensa, Center for Education Technology, or Mark Hine, Digital Media Production for assistance.

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