In accordance with Blackboard recommended best practices, IT-Academic Services is moving forward with plans to purge older course data from Texas Wesleyan’s Blackboard environment. While the plan is to ultimately remove any courses older than one full calendar year plus one term from the live environment, this initial course purge will only consist of classes from 2011 and 2012.
Current plans are to remove 2011 and 2012 courses from Blackboard by Friday, September 4, 2015.
Courses from the time period to be purged have already been archived and secured outside of Blackboard. These backups include course content as well as student record data. These archives will be maintained according to University records policy.
If instructors have a desire to retain a Blackboard course from the 2011 or 2012 academic years, they do have the option to export that course from Blackboard prior to its removal from the system. The practice of copying course content forward from term-to-term may make this step unnecessary for most instructors.
Those interested in acquiring assistance in performing a course export from Blackboard should contact the Service Desk. Moving forward, restoration from the archive will be possible within the confines of the University records policy, however, it should be noted that this may be a time-consuming process.
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