Last year the University reviewed and decided it needed to upgrade from its Blackboard Learn learning platform to one that made the learning experience more modern, engaging and fully accessible. Following a rigorous tender process, which included students and staff testing Brightspace, as well as offerings from Blackboard and Canvas, the University selected Brightspace. The platform was chosen for its ease-of-use, responsive design, learning analytics capabilities and flexibility.
Brightspace will be going live for the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, with some courses starting earlier to ensure the environment is performing at its best. Moving away from Blackboard Learn means you will need to undertake a number of housekeeping administrative tasks as the University is not able to migrate all content from Learn to Brightspace.
Due to the nature of the two platforms we are not able to migrate the following:
· Assignment submissions
· Assignment feedback (Ratified grades will still be via OASIS)
· Discussion posts
· Blog, Journal posts
· Wiki pages
Current 2017-2018 academic year modules will be migrated to Brightspace, you will be able to access that content in Brightspace. Previous academic years modules and content will not be migrated.
It is advised that if you are aware of academic content from previous years that you believe you may want access to, you should take a copy by downloading the material to a device of your own.
Student Assignment Submissions and Feedback
It is vitally important if you do not have copies of your assignment submissions, that you download copies of those before Learn is decommissioned. The decommissioning will happen over the seasonal break in December 2018.
You should also look to download copies of your assessment feedback if you haven’t already. Depending on the format of the feedback you may be able to do this now. If your lecturers have used the 'inline' annotated feedback tool, it is currently not possible to download this, other than by taking screenshots. Blackboard are working on a fix to make it an easy one click download. An email will be circulated when this is available.
You will know if your lecturers have used the 'inline' feature as your feedback will not be in an attached file for you to access. If your lecturer has provided an attached file for your feedback, you can download and store that now. Below is an image showing what an ‘inline’ annotate feedback screen looks like. If you receive your feedback in the below format, you will not be able to download it until further notice.
To keep up to date with the progress of the implementation of Brightspace and to see how this impacts on you, please keep an eye on: https://libguides.uos.ac.uk/brightspace/students
Please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding this migration to Brightspace.
Department of Learning Services