The Blackboard Learning System is a virtual learning environment and course management system. Its main purposes are to add online elements to courses traditionally delivered face-to-face and to develop completely online courses with few or no face-to-face meetings. Powerpoint, Kaltura, video, audio, animation, and other applications are created outside of Blackboard and added into Blackboard courses for students to enhance teaching and learning efforts.
During winter break, we are migrating our Blackboard Learning Management System, including existing courses to Blackboard for Managed Hosting. While this work is being done, please note the important dates below:
- All courses and communities will be unavailable on December 23rd from Noon – 5:00pm.
- Fall 2015 courses and communities will remain unavailable until January 11th.
- Faculty are strongly encouraged to complete all grading by Tuesday, December 22nd.
- Courses will be available again on January 11th.
- Courses that run during the Winter break (anytime between December 23 and January 24) will be available to faculty at 5:00pm on December 23rd and will open to students automatically on the Course Start Date as defined in Banner
- Spring 2016 courses will remain unavailable to faculty until January 11th and will be available to students automatically on the Course Start Date as defined in Banner.
- Faculty developing Spring 2016 courses are strongly encouraged to begin early because they will not have access to build course materials between December 23 and January 11.
Additional Information for Faculty
- MyPace Portal will not be impacted by this work so faculty can submit grades at any time and are strongly encouraged to submit by Tuesday, December 22nd.
- If you need access to your Blackboard Grade Center, you can export it as an Excel file or print it by Tuesday, December 22nd. For detailed steps, watch this Blackboard Video Tutorial on How to Export the Grade Center.
- All "I" grades will still automatically change to an "F" grade after the standard 6 week period. However, faculty will be given an additional 2 weeks to submit a Change of Grade form with just faculty signature and with no additional approval/signature required.
- Faculty developing Spring 2016 courses are strongly encouraged to begin early because they will not have access to build course materials between December 23 and January 11 for courses that begin on January 25.
Additional Information for Students
- MyPace Portal will not be impacted by this work.
- The 6 week incomplete period for Fall 2015 courses will still be in effect.
For additional details/updates, please visit our IT System Status page.
If there are any issues or concerns, please report them to the ITS Help Desk at (914) 773-3333, email@example.com, or online at http://help.pace.edu.
Standard Operating Procedures
ITS has prepared a Standard Operating Procedures document for Blackboard. The purpose of this document is to define the manner in which Blackboard is to be used by students, faculty, and staff, and the method of support provided by Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Office of Academic Technologies.