New learning management system at UU: Blackboard
The university’s purchase of a new learning management system (LMS) was recently completed (October 2017). Blackboard won the procurement and will thus be the system to replace the current centrally managed learning management systems: Gotlands Moodle, the current installation of Ping Pong, and parts of the Student Portal.
Intensive work to get the system in place will begin immediately in order to be able to test the installation as quickly as possible. Once the new system is in place, the transition from existing systems will take place gradually. Users of Gotlands Moodle will be first up in this process.
According to the preliminary schedule, only a selection of courses will be given in the new learning management system in spring term 2018 (pilot courses), in order to test the workflows and functionality.
Teachers who will teach in the new learning management system in fall term 2018 will have access to the system in spring 2018 in order to post and plan their courses. Centrally, the focus will be on providing support to teachers who currently use Gotlands Moodle, because it is the first system that will be phased out. However, everyone who wants to begin working with course planning in the new learning management system will be able to access the system after consultation with the department head or equivalent. This is the case regardless of which system is currently used.
Work to move teaching from Ping Pong will be carried out on a broad front in autumn 2018, with the goal that all current Ping Pong courses will be given in the new learning management system in spring 2019. Once again, this is according to the preliminary schedule and with central user support throughout the entire process.
All users will receive information well in advance and more specific answers to questions such as:
- When can I begin using the new learning management system?
- When must I begin using the new learning management system?
- When must I stop using Gotlands Moodle?
- When must I stop using Ping Pong?
- When must I stop using the Student Portal?
A project group will be appointed and led by a management group. Chairperson of the management group is Åsa Kassman Rudolphi. Project manager is Anna Gunder.
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