After a 2-year long planning period, VCU will finally be transitioning from Blackboard to a new LMS.
If you would like to have a fresh start and do not wish to take any of your content with you that is totally fine. In fact, this is preferred!
If nothing else, we only ask that you download the gradebook to each of your courses and save them for your own records. Then that's it; you are done!
If you wish to save some or all of your content, it is crucial that you gather your course and/or organization content and export them from Blackboard as soon as possible. Visit the Pack your Blackboard bags; VCU is moving to Canvas page for everything you need to know in order to accomplish this task.
Important Dates and Details to Be Aware of:
NOTE: You can import content into Canvas at your own convenience; there is no deadline to do this.
After May 31, the Blackboard system will be decommissioned and removed from service.
Software Description: Blackboard is a Web-based course-management system designed to allow students and faculty to participate in classes delivered online or use online materials and activities to complement face-to-face teaching. Blackboard enables instructors to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat, online quizzes, an academic resource center, and more. The degree to which Blackboard is used in a course varies. Instructors may supplement an on-campus class by putting their syllabus and handouts on their course sites. In contrast, other courses may be conducted entirely through Blackboard, without any on-campus sessions.
Platform: Windows & MAC
Cost: No charge
Note: Users may be prompted to enter their VCU eID and password.
** In this section, if something is not otherwise stated for an organization, it is safe to assume the course and organization work the exact same way.
eLearning Tab - includes information on items that are found under this tab.
My Faculty Tools - includes information on anything having to do with the initial set-up of a course (i.e. gaining faculty rights, creating a course, copying a course, merging, etc.)
My Courses/Organizations - includes information on any actions that need to be taken within the My Courses/Organizations module (i.e where to access courses/organizations a user is enrolled in and hiding courses from previous semesters.)
Add Course/Organization Content - includes information about anything having to do with adding content to a course that has already been created (i.e. uploading documents, creating assignments and test, etc.)
Tools/Communications - includes information about tools located in this area (i.e. clickers, email, etc.)
Control Panel - includes information on managing the course (i.e. roster, adding users, grade center, course availability, course tools, etc.)
In the Content System, you can manage content by organizing it in folders. Organized content makes it easier to manage permissions for that content, because you can grant permissions to users based on folders rather than individual files.
This section shows you how share and find content, how to set up a web folder or shared location for accessing your content, and how to enhance your course/organization with content from the Library.
Instructors/Leaders can store, share, and publish content within personal user folders, course/organization folders, and institution folders in the Content Collection throughout courses/organizations. Files and portfolios can be linked in different areas in a course/organization and items from a course/organization can be added to a folder in the Content Collection.
A Content System tab/link appears in the top portion of the Blackboard Learn user interface.
Navigate Content System
Organize and Manage Content
Share and Find Content
Web Folders and Shared Locations
Group Content System Folders
Create and Edit Content
Upload and Download Packages and Items
If you can not find the answer to your questions from the Blackboard Help links on this page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org; contact the IT Support Center. A support staff member will then contact you as soon as possible.