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Time for a Change: Transforming the Skidmore LMS Experience

Over the past few years, both faculty and students have been asking for a new learning management system (LMS) experience. Information Technology has been listening. The Learning Experience Design and Digital Scholarship Support team (LEDS) has spent a good deal of time researching options, comparing key functions, and looking for solutions to address current pain points. As a result, LEDS is endorsing the adoption of Brightspace, by Desire2Learn (D2L).

For the past week, faculty and staff have been attending information sessions to view the Brightspace learning platform and ask questions. Our search will conclude with D2L/Brightspace Day tomorrow, Thursday, October 24th with a series of vendor demonstrations, along with question and answer focus sessions on key topics. 

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Question: If it is determined that we will move from Blackboard to Brightspace, when will this happen?
Answer: If we get the green light to move to Brightspace, we will continue to use Blackboard for spring semester 2020 and conduct a full migration over the coming summer.

Question: What happens to all my courses and materials that are currently in Blackboard?
Answer: Our standard practice is to keep 5 years-worth of courses available on the LMS. Older courses are archived and remain accessible to be retrieved as needed, although we do recommend you keep your own backups as well. D2L will assist us with migrating the 5 years of courses and LEDS will be able to assist with anything that does not fall into that window.

Question: How much clean-up work should I, as a faculty member, anticipate when a course is migrated?
Answer: All the files and web links included in your course will migrate to the new platform and will appear in a text-based table of contents. LEDS will offer training, online resources, and personal assistance to help you make a few minor tweaks to the appearance to get your course looking the way you want it. We aim to make this as painless as possible for you.

Question: My tenure and promotion folder is currently on Blackboard. What will happen to this?
Answer: LEDS will very carefully move all the active tenure and promotion folders into Brightspace over the summer, working with The Office of the Dean of Faculty to be mindful of any critical dates. You will be pleased to hear that with Brightspace, you will be able to drag and drop a large group of files into your tenure and promotion folders!

Watch for an update soon!

News

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A green screen for video production and editing comes to Library 222

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3D Printing Lab is open for business in the library

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Blackboard

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Immersive Learning

Want to explore virtual reality? Skidmore faculty are exploring a variety of applications to extend the classroom and provide unique learning experiences.
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3D Printing

Want to learn about 3D printing as a tool for teaching and learning?  Or have a project you want to include in your syllabus? We can help!
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Web Design and Digital Scholarship

Want to include web design in your syllabus? Need a professional web presence of your own? Or a special place to host your digital scholarship?
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Learning Lab

Want to host a virtual speaker or distance collaboration? We can assist you in our flexible learning space, where we are always exploring with new instructional technologies.
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How Do I?

Find answers to questions, useful documentation, and quality just-in-time tutorials. You will also find what software is available for public use and installation on your personal computer.

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