UIS Next Generation LMS Conversion

Timeline & Process

During late spring, the next generation LMS will become available for use during the 2020 summer and fall. The UIS instance of Blackboard will be available for teaching through Fall 2020, but will not be supported by Blackboard Incorporated after June 30, 2020. If Blackboard features fail to operate properly after that date, UIS ITS cannot seek help from the company to fix the problems.

Support for moving classes will be available beginning in March. We will offer group support sessions. UIS faculty may also schedule individual meetings.

The most reliable option is to teach using the next generation LMS. All courses for Summer and Fall 2020 will be created on the next generation LMS. Any faculty who wish to teach on Blackboard during Summer and Fall 2020 will need to request a course site from COLRS.

Workshops

Please check the COLRS calendar for upcoming workshops to help prepare for and migrate your Blackboard courses.

Preparing your Blackboard course for Conversion to the new LMS

Any next generation LMS, by default, encourages courses to be set up in modules. Proven best practices in instructional design support modular design. What is modular design? The Technology Teaching and Learning Group at Hunter College has developed an excellent resource on learning module design. It states: “A learning module is a sequenced collection of subject-related materials designed to teach a topic or skill. It is the building block of an online course.” The key is the intentional sequencing and selection of materials for your students to learn a concept.

What modular design is NOT: groups of like materials in folders and subfolders. Students should not have to check multiple locations to complete their work for the week. This leads to confusion and missed resources or assignments.

After converting a sample of UIS courses to other LMS platforms, COLRS found that nested folders cause process failure during course migration. More than two folder levels (one folder inside another folder) is the point at which courses were not able to be moved to a different LMS.

Reducing folder levels in your Blackboard course

The Copy and Move tools in Blackboard can make the process of reducing folder levels somewhat less tedious. To access to move and copy tools, click on the Item Options drop down menu to access copy or move for any Blackboard folder, item, or assessment.

By renaming sub-folders and moving them up a level, you can reduce the folder levels without recreating your course.

  1. Click on the “item options” menu for any Blackboard content.
    screen grab of a blackboard folder with arrow pointing to submenu button
  2. Click on Move or Copy to rearrange your content.
    screen grab of Blackboard submen for folder with Copy and Move items circled

File Management on Box.com

When a Blackboard course contains many files during the conversion, some LMSs will group all files throughout the course together. One easy way to manage this is to house your files on Box.com and link to them in your course. Next Generation LMSs have Box.com integrations that allow easy linking of course materials. Or, you can use the share link option in Box to link files.

Video Management in Kaltura

Any new LMS at UIS will integrate with Kaltura Media. Any videos currently housed in Kaltura will also be available for use in the next generation LMS. Any video files uploaded directly to Blackboard may not transfer due to their large size.

Examity, Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor, and Turnitin

These tools — Examity online proctoring service, Turnitin plagiarism detection tool, and Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor video proctoring —  will be available only on the next generation LMS during the summer and fall 2020 semesters.

Older Web Browsers

Update your computer to use the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer and older versions of other browsers are not compatible with advanced features in a next generation LMS.