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2009 Blackboard Courses to be Archived
The upgrade to Enterprise Blackboard has made it possible to create all courses automatically each term. However, keeping all Blackboard courses active indefinitely can impact Blackboard's performance.
University guidelines for Blackboard state that instructors are granted access to one full year's set of all their Blackboard courses. Course sites older than one year that are no longer used by instructors will be deactivated and removed from Blackboard approximately one year after the term in which they were used has ended.
On Sept. 10, 2010, all Spring 2009, Winter 2009, Saturday 2009, and Summer 2009 Blackboard courses will be removed from active status. Instructors and students will no longer have access to them after this date. However, backups were created of the course content for all courses, so course content can always be brought back with a quick call to the Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD).
Grades and other student-related data are not preserved in the backups, so faculty should plan to print or export any grades recorded in Blackboard's Online Gradebook before Sept. 10. Instructors who would like permanent records of online discussions, or forums, submitted assignments, course statistics, or Digital Dropbox submissions should plan to print these out or download them to their computers.
If there is a reason for keeping them available to students past this date (e.g., a student with an incomplete or a continuing online discussion), please let FCLD know.
Instructors with questions about Blackboard course deactivation or who would like assistance using Blackboard are encouraged to contact FCLD at 860.768.4661 or email@example.com.