Purging of 2013 courses from Blackboard coming soon
In accordance with Blackboard recommended best practices, IT-Academic Services implemented a Blackboard course life-cycle plan in September 2015. While the plan is to ultimately remove any courses older than one full calendar year plus one term from the live environment, this upcoming course purge will only include classes from 2013.
When will this purge happen?
Current plans are to remove 2013 courses from Blackboard by Friday, September 9, 2016.
What is happening to the old courses?
Courses from the time period to be purged have already been archived and secured outside of Blackboard.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.
What I if need to access or retain my old course content/material?
Instructors do have the option to export a course from Blackboard prior to its removal from the system. The export process can generate a course package that can be stored offline and imported back into Blackboard as needed in the future. This feature should be particularly useful for instructors teaching courses that are offered at intervals of more than a year apart. For most faculty, the practice of copying course content forward from term-to-term may make the export step unnecessary.
Those interested in acquiring assistance in performing a personal course export from Blackboard should contact the HelpDesk. Moving forward, restoration from the IT-Academic Services managed 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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