- 1 Overview
- 1.1 In the News
- 1.2 Going Forward
- 1.3 Frequently Asked Questions
- 1.3.1 Will the Blackboard Learn LMS replace CLEW?
- 1.3.2 Is all of our current course material transferable between CLEW and Blackboard Learn?
- 1.3.3 When will Blackboard Learn be available to campus?
- 1.3.4 How Accessible is Blackboard Learn?
- 1.3.5 I didn’t know about this transition. What has been shared with campus about this?
- 1.3.6 Other Dates and Occasions Information Sharing on Campus
- 1.3.7 Will there be training for using Blackboard Learn?
- 1.3.8 Where are we at in this process now?
- 1.4 Blackboard Index
- 2 Related Articles
Blackboard is the new learning management system the University of Windsor has implemented, bringing the state of the art technology to campus and is one of the most popular learning management systems used around the world. The initial pilot group for the LMS was the Centre for Executive and Professional Education, and their Advanced Qualifications courses were ported over to Blackboard Learn during the summer of 2014. The Faculties of Education, Human Kinetics, Law, Nursing and Odette School of Business are switching to Blackboard Learn (replacing CLEW) for Fall 2015. The remainder of the transition to Blackboard for Engineering, FAHSS and Science occurs for the Winter 2016 semester except for some courses where instructors have chosen to start using Blackboard early. In the meantime, these three Faculties will continue using CLEW for the fall semester. For more information about the transition, please visit the Blackboard Learn Project website.
In the News
An article in our Daily News discusses the Fall 2015 transition to Blackboard and who will be impacted .
An article featured in the Daily News on June 19, 2014 articulates some of the many benefits of adopting a system like Blackboard Learn, including digital literacy, contemporary communication capabilities, and independent learning. In addition to the many new tools and features available in the new LMS, Blackboard Learn will integrate seamlessly with the existing Blackboard Collaborate tool already available to instructors for virtual classroom and online meeting space needs. Blackboard Learn has also released an article about the University of Windsor's decision to adopt Blackboard Learn.
Additionally the announcement for the shift from the Sakai based operation system entitled CLEW, to the new Blackboard Learn System has been featured in a Campus Technology article. There, the author states that the University of Illinois is also shifting to Blackboard Learn as their preferred LMS platform and is moving away from their current system originally built upon Blackboard Vista.
Michael Feldstein, a past member of the Sakai Foundation Board of Directors, commented on his blog e-Literate about some significant recent Blackboard developments announced at the BbWORLD 2014 conference. Feldstein is considered to be an e-learning expert by a variety of media outlets, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Associated Press, and U.S. News and World Report. He summarized in his article "Blackboard's Big News that Nobody Noticed" some reflections about significant changes in store for Blackboard institutions including overhauling the user experience (Major UX Overhaul), technical advances, cloud implementation, bundled products and new mobile app. These announcements spell good news for those organizations adopting or using Blackboard, such as the University of Windsor. It is especially important when industry insiders like Michael Feldstein take note of the changes, new products, and philosophy emerging within the Blackboard ranks.
Acting Provost Academic, Vice-President Dr. Robert Orr sent an email on February 5, 2015 to campus instructors providing an overview of the Blackboard Learn project.
It is anticipated that it will take a year or more to complete the move from Sakai to Blackboard Learn. As such, the LMS Team will be running both systems in parallel until the move is complete. Visit the project timeline for the phases and anticipated system implementation targets.
Frequently Asked Questions
This section will continue to evolve as needed and as details become available.
Will the Blackboard Learn LMS replace CLEW?
Yes. Blackboard Learn will be the University's new Learning Management System, replacing CLEW. There are many reasons for this, and this new tool will provide faculty with a wealth of options for teaching - not just online, but also for face-to-face and blended courses - that are just not possible in CLEW. Essentially, you will have all the same functionality but with additional tools and functions.
Is all of our current course material transferable between CLEW and Blackboard Learn?
We designed a tool to avoid data loss called CLEW Import, but there may be some configuration changes necessary to the content that has been copied over. It was very important to the CLEW Team that what you have now in CLEW is able to be replicated in Blackboard as closely as possible. Tools with migration options include: Announcements, Assignments, Syllabus, Resources, Lessons, Quizzes & Tests (MS Word copy of test only), and Discussions / Forums. Of course, you will notice differences in the way different functions are handled in Blackboard compared to CLEW. For example in CLEW there are two separate tools for facilitating discussions online, as there are for student emails, and these will be unified in one tool in Blackboard. Additionally, you may need to spend some time formatting and restructuring previous materials when migrated to the new Blackboard Learn system. Some tools were not possible to copy content over due to the incompatible structures between the systems.
When will Blackboard Learn be available to campus?
The first courses from the Centre for Executive and Professional Education went live in Blackboard in Fall 2014 for a very small group of courses. The system is now ready for use on the campus, with Faculties of Education, Human Kinetics, Law, Nursing and Odette School of Business selected to transition for Fall 2015. Some instructors from the remaining Faculties may choose to adopt Blackboard also, for the Fall. Winter 2016 will complete the move with FAHSS, Engineering, and Science transitioning.
How Accessible is Blackboard Learn?
Below are links to helpful information about Blackboard Learn's Accessibility features including a screen reader tutorial. The University of Windsor is using Blackboard Learn, version 9.1. Blackboard Learn's Accessibility statement
Universal Design Course in Blackboard
A short video (7:20) features the "Perspectives on Disability ECP Course Tour" Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 2014, award-winning Blackboard site. This video talks about course design and elements of Universal Design for Instruction and how they intersect using Blackboard as an LMS. Students were given opportunities to express their mastery of content in various ways and as this was a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) assessments were of the form of badges of completion vs. grading.
Blackboard Conformance Statement
Blackboard Learn's Conformance Statement details user activities which conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Priority AA, as issued December 2012 by Deque Systems. Visit the Understanding Conformance Claims article for W3C for more information.
The official announcement about the decision to adopt Blackboard Learn as the University of Windsor's official LMS took place on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Campus Technology Day. In the "University of Windsor Replaces Existing LMS with Blackboard" press release of June 16, 2014, Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning and Chair of the LMS Steering Committee Dr. Alan Wright stated, "We need to invest in technologies that facilitate new ways of teaching and learning and align with the strategic directions of the University.” An important factor in the final decision was the new IT Vision developed by the IT Steering Committee. Currently, the campus IT Vision is governed by a vendor-driven philosophy, which the IT Steering Committee arrived at after extensive consultations with members of the campus community. An additional critical factor was the efficiencies and cost savings realized by a joint license arrangement with St. Clair College.
An article featured in the Daily News on June 19, 2014, articulated many benefits of adopting a system like Blackboard Learn, including digital literacy, contemporary communication capabilities, and independent learning. In addition to the many new tools and features available in the new LMS, Blackboard Learn will integrate seamlessly with the existing Blackboard Collaborate tool already available to instructors for virtual classroom and online meeting space needs. Blackboard Learn has also released an article about the University of Windsor's decision to adopt Blackboard Learn.
More information on the transition to Blackboard is available on the http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbproject website.
Other Dates and Occasions Information Sharing on Campus
The following table indicates dates and selected groups where details about the transition to Blackboard has been shared.
|Date||Event or Occassion|
|June 19, 2014||Daily News Article|
|August 11-15, 2014||Training Help Desk Consultants, training offered LMS Advisory and Teaching and Learning Chairs|
|August 22, 2014||Training of CEPE Instructors (Pilot Group)|
|October 25, 2015||Training of CEPE Instructors (Pilot Group)|
|October 30, 2014||AcademicPolicy Committee (APC): presented CTL Annual Report presented by Alan Wright, (mention of Blackboard Learn transition)|
|November 2, 2014||Training of CEPE Instructors (Pilot Group)|
|November 13, 2014||IT Steering – Bala, Alan and Ryan presented update on BB Transition project|
|November 14, 2014||Senate - CTL Annual Report, presented by AlanWright, (mentioned Blackboard Learn)|
|November 19, 2014||Dean's Council|
|November 24, 2014||IT Services - Technology Update presentation, including transition to Blackboard Planning, Administration Executive Committee (PAEC)|
|November 25, 2014||Campus Services|
|November 28, 2014||Human Kinetics|
|December 2, 2014||Registrar's Office|
|December 10, 2014||Faculty of Law|
|December 11, 2014||Facility Services|
|December 12, 2014||Odette School of Business|
|December 15, 2014||Graduate Studies|
|December 15, 2014||LMS Advisory Committee|
|December 17, 2014||Schulich School of Medicine|
|December 18, 2014||IT Advisory Committee|
|January 8, 2015||Faculty of Science|
|January 8, 2015||CTL Teaching and Learning Development|
|January 9, 2015||Online Education UTC Course began|
|January 12, 2015||Faculty of Nursing|
|January 13, 2015||Open Training Sessions Begin - Early Adopters|
|January 15, 2015||Faculty of Education and Academic Development|
|January 19, 2015||Faculty of Engineering|
|January 19, 2015||LMS Advisory Committee|
|January 22, 2015||Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences|
|January 29, 2015||PAR|
|February 5, 2015||Email from Provost to Instructors|
|February 5, 2015||Blackboard Project Website announced|
|February 19, 2015||Introduction to Blackboard Course-Instructors Email|
|February 24, 2015||Leddy Library Committee - Blackboard Integration|
|February 27, 2015||Computer Science School Council|
|March 2, 2015||Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP) - Learning Outcomes Workshop|
|March 4, 2015||Email to Deans|
|March 16, 2015||LMS Advisory Meeting|
|March 21, 2015||Early Adopter Email update|
|March 24, 2015||Migration Morning instructor sessions begin|
|April 1, 2015||Early Adopter email update|
|April 10, 2015||Concentrated two-day Blackboard Training - Early Adopters Begins|
|April 16, 2015||FEAD Faculty Council Meeting|
|April 17, 2015||Faculty Specific training workshops begin|
|April 29, 2015||Dean's Council Meeting|
|May 6, 2015||Open sessions Instructor Training begins|
|May 7, 2015||Campus Technology Day|
|May 15, 2015||FEAD Faculty Council Meeting|
|May 17, 2015||Online Courses for instructors available|
|May 29, 2015||Odette School of Business Faculty Council Meeting|
|June 1, 2015||Nursing Faculty Council Meeting|
|June 10, 2015||Law Faculty Council Meeting|
|June 22, 2015||LMS Advisory Meeting|
|June 22, 2015||Fall 2015 instructors email update|
|August 6, 2015||New Faculty instructor training|
|August 7, 2015||LMS Advisory Meeting|
|August 12, 2015||Daily News article about transition|
|August 14, 2015||HotNews message posted to MyUWindsor portal about the transition|
|August 17, 2015||Social Media through PAC sites post information about transition|
|August 17, 2015||Announcement / Email announcing the transition, Student Orientation course, and links in both systems sent to all registered students|
|August 17, 2015||Announcement / Email announcing the transition, semester checklist, and Student Orientation site set to all instructors, GA/TAs in Bb Cafe Organization site|
|August 20, 2015||Daily News article featuring students' perspectives on using Blackboard over the summer|
|August 26, 2015||Help Desk Staff training|
|September 3, 2015||GATAcademy - GA / TA training|
|September 4, 2015||Email - Announcement and Email settings - sent to all instructors, GA & TAs from Bb Cafe site|
|September 4, 2015||Email - Mobile app, notifications, and reminder of which Faculties are transitioning for Fall 2015 - sent to all registered students|
|September 8, 2015||Drop-in sessions for Q & A begin for Faculties of Education, Law, HK, and Odette for instructors and assistants. (9.5 hrs Education, 35 hrs Law, 20 hrs Human Kinetics, 16 hrs Nursing, 17.5 hrs Odette)|
|September 21, 2015||LMS Advisory Meeting|
|September 30, 2015||Women's and Gender Studies - Training|
|October 2, 2015||Training provided to Help Desk staff|
|October 6 - 31, 2015||Grade Centre specific training and drop-in sessions offered to OSB, Law, Education, Nursing, Human Kinetics|
|October 8, 2015||Presentation - FAHSS Faculty Council Meeting|
|October 9, 2015||Presentation - Languages, Literacies, and Cultures AAU Council Meeting|
|October 15, 2015||Workshop - Odette School of Business - Threshold Concepts and Blackboard workshop|
|October 23, 2015||Presentation - Political Science AAU Council Meeting|
|October 30, 2015||Presentation - Dramatic Art AAU Council Meeting|
|November 2 - December 22, 2015||Getting Started Training and drop-in sessions begin and offered to FAHSS, Science|
|November 2, 2015||LMS Advisory Meeting|
|November 4, 2015||Presentation - Philosophy AAU Council Meeting|
|November 5, 2015||Presentation - Faculty of Science Council Meeting|
|November 6, 2015||Presentation - Creative Arts AAU Council Meeting|
|November 13, 2015||Presentation - Communication Media & Film AAU Council Meeting|
|November 13, 24, 2015||Engineering Getting Started Training offered|
|November 17, 2015||Presentation - Psychology AAU Council Meeting|
|November 19, 2015||Email all instructors - Tips for wrapping up Fall Bb Courses, Preparing Winter 2016 Courses|
|November 25, 2015||Presentation - Social Work AAU Council Meeting|
|December 7, 2015||LMS Advisory Meeting|
|December 4, 2015||Email all instructors - Getting Ready for Winter 2016 Tips|
|December 22, 2015||Email all instructors - Holiday Recess Bb Tips - Preparing for Winter 2016 Courses|
|January 4 - January 15, 2016||FAHSS, Science and Engineering specific drop-in sessions begin (11.5 hrs FAHSS, 15 hrs Engineering, 15 hrs Science, 16.5 hrs All)|
|January 4, 2016||Email all instructors - Drop-in sessions available|
|January 25, 2016||LMS Advisory Meeting|
|February 8, 2016||Announcement / Email all instructors - New features available (Auto-groups, Roles)|
|March 7, 2016||LMS Advisory Meeting|
|March 18, 2016||Email instructors and assistants regarding migration of Project sites to Blackboard Organization sites|
|April 11, 2016||Announcement / Email all instructors - End of semester help available|
|April 18, 2016||LMS Advisory Meeting|
|May 5, 2016||Reminder email about migrating contents from CLEW to Blackboard sent to instructors in CLEW (CLEW Collaboration Announcement)|
|May 30, 2016||LMS Advisory Meeting|
|More dates will be posted when they become available|
Will there be training for using Blackboard Learn?
Yes. Training has been available since March 2015. Face-to-face sessions can be found at http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbworkshops.
Online courses are also available. Faculty Specific sessions have been occurring on campus since April. Check out the
Where are we at in this process now?
Right now, the system is ready for use for the fall courses. There are still many tasks to complete. Check out the timeline for the project for further details.
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