- Why are we upgrading to Bb 9.1?
- When are we upgrading to Bb 9.1?
- What are the browser requirements for Bb 9.1?
- How can I learn more about Bb 9.1?
- What will be new in Bb 9.1?
- What enhancements will there be to existing Blackboard 8 tools and features in Bb 9.1?
- Which tools will no longer be included in Bb 9.1?
- I am already quite familiar with Bb 8. What are the key things I need to know to get oriented within Bb 9.1?
- Which tools are best for you?
- Why are we moving from Wimba to Collaborate?
- What will happen to my Wimba Archive Recordings?
- Will my Bb 8 courses and content be migrated to Bb 9.1?
1. Why are we upgrading to Bb 9.1? ITS is upgrading to Blackboard 9.1 for a number of reasons:
- Blackboard 8 will no longer be supported by Blackboard effective October 2012.
- Blackboard 9.1 introduces a number of new features to support teaching and learning as well as enhanced functionality to make managing a Blackboard course easier.
2. When are we upgrading to Bb 9.1? Blackboard 9.1 will go live for for all courses on August 6, 2012, the first day of classes for both the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Pharmacy.
3. What are the browser requirements for Bb 9.1? An up-to-date list of browsers for both Mac and Windows machines that have been tested with Blackboard 9.1, SP 7 is available on the Supported Browsers, Plugins, and Operating Systems page on Blackboard's site.
4. How can I learn more about Bb 9.1? There are a number of avenues for learning more about Blackboard 9.1.
5. What will be new in Bb 9.1? Visit our ITS web page for more information about the new functionality and new features available in Blackboard 9.1.
6. What enhancements will there be to existing Blackboard 8 tools and features in Blackboard 9.1? Visit our ITS Assignments and Assessments web page for more information about some of the more exciting enhancements introduced in Blackboard 9.1.
7. Which tools will no longer be included in Bb 9.1?
- Digital Drop Box - The Digital Drop Box has been eliminated in Blackboard 9.1. Several alternatives are available for collecting written student work. A Turnitin assignment is one option for collecting assignments with the added functionality of being able to check for proper citation (Originality Reports), spelling and grammar (e-Rater), as well as to electronically mark up and grade papers (GradeMark) and/or share papers among students for peer review (PeerMark). The Assignment tool in Blackboard also remains as an option. When instructors add an Assignment, a link is provided within the course for students to submit their assignment and a column is automatically created in the Grade Center where the assignments are accessed for grading. Faculty may also find that the new journals, blogs, and/or wikis in Blackboard 9 provide an alternative method for collecting and assessing written student work.
- Student Home Pages - Blackboard 9.1 will no longer include Student Home Pages. Faculty will find the new blogs in Blackboard 9.1 a more user-friendly alternative to student home pages. Students will be able to not only share information about themselves but also their thoughts and reflections on various topics as well.
- Wimba - Blackboard purchased Wimba and Elluminate and combined features of both to create Blackboard Collaborate. Blackboard is no longer actively developing solutions for Wimba problems that arise because of conflicts with newer operating systems and/or browsers. Therefore, effective Fall 2012, Blackboard Collaborate will replace Wimba Live classroom for all web conferencing within Blackboard.
8. I am already quite familiar with Bb 8. What are the key things I need to know to get oriented within Bb 9.1? Experienced Blackboard 8 users may well find that their greatest challenge in Blackboard 9.1 will involve simply getting their bearings in the new, very different Bb 9.1 interface. Visit Orienting Yourself Within Blackboard 9.1 for a quick overview of the key differences between Blackboard 8 and Blackboard 9.1 with regard to building and managing a course.
9. Which Blackboard features and tools are best for you? What are the right Blackboard features and tools to use to achieve your educational objectives? Visit this excellent Blackboard 9.1 Tool Guide developed by the Fresno State for an excellent overview.
10. Why are we moving from Wimba to Collaborate? Blackboard purchased Wimba and Elluminate and created a new product called Blackboard Collaborate. Faculty will still be able to hold live classroom sessions with students, hold online office hours, and provide an online meeting space for students. In addition, instructors will be able to record lectures for students to view on their own time. In addition to the building block within Blackboard, Collaborate can also be used outside of Blackboard for other collaborative activities outside of an academic course.
11. What will happen to my Wimba Archive Recordings?
Unfortunately, Wimba archives are not compatible with Collaborate. However, the recorded sessions can be download as MP3 (audio) or MP4 (video) files. Upon request, ITS can upload these files to the streaming media server so instructors can link to them from within any Blackboard 9.1 course. Use this form to identify the Wimba Live Classroom recorded sessions you would like to have exported from Bb 8
. To streamline processing, a different request form must be submitted for each Bb 8 shell. Contact ITS at 618-650-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more details.
12. Will my Bb 8 courses and content be migrated to Bb 9.1? As we transition to Bb 9.1, there are a number of changes you can expect to see.
- Because of the different architectures of the two systems, no existing Blackboard 8 course content can be exported to Blackboard 9.1. Faculty will need to build their courses in Blackboard 9.1, reviewing and updating content as they do so. Only two elements of Bb 8 courses can be successfully exported from Bb 8 and imported into Bb 9.1: Grade Center Columns and Settings, and Tests, Surveys, and Pools. Copying the whole course structure is not possible.
- No existing personal Content Collection files will be migrated from Blackboard 8 to Blackboard 9.1. All users are encouraged to follow these instructions for managing and moving existing Content Collection files from Blackboard 8 to Blackboard 9.1. Click here for more information on the Content Collection in Bb 9.1.
- For those who have not used the Content Collection in Blackboard 8, opting instead to use "Attach local file," the Copy Files to Collection tool can be used to place a copy of all course files into the Content Collection in Blackboard 8 in order to expedite moving them all at once into Blackboard 9.1. Once the files are in the Blackboard 8 Content Collection, follow the instructions linked in the bulleted item immediately above to move them to Blackboard 9.1.