to Blackboard Transition 2014-2015
Georgian Court University will be
transitioning from the ANGEL Learning Management System to Blackboard Learn during
the 2014-2015 academic year.
Why are we switching?
Angel is owned
and supported by Blackboard. After 2017, Angel will no longer be in use. At
this time, Angel is not being updated and supported enough to make it a useful
teaching and learning tool.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When will the transition take place?
The transition will be staggered over
the 2014-2015 academic year. Pre-planning will begin in spring 2014. A pilot of
10 faculty from all three schools, administrators and librarians will run
courses in Blackboard Learn in fall in order to find and fix any issues. Other
faculty members may also be teaching in BBL.
How will my content be moved from Angel to Blackboard
GCU IT will be able to move your content
from Angel to Blackboard Learn. While most of the transition should be
seamless, we anticipate that there may be some changes that faculty will need
to make to their content, but there will be plenty of time to do so.
How will this transition be different from the transition to
Angel in 2007?
This transition will be publicly
planned with many faculty members participating. Training will take about one
day rather than four days with the opportunities listed below offered for
training. In addition, each school will have faculty members designated as
“faculty mentors.” Faculty members were solicited from the faculty at large and
volunteered in spring 2014. These faculty members will have undergone extensive
training in Blackboard Learn and taught in the pilot.
What types of training will be available for Blackboard?
Training will be provided in
multiple venues and should take about 1 day.
Blackboard itself will provide some
training opportunities on campus.
In house training will be provided
by The Director of Instructional Technology and the LMS Support Specialist.
Additional support will be provided:
Online and webinar opportunities
will be available.
Faculty mentors will be available
for you to ask quick questions or demonstrate an activity on Blackboard Learn.
IT Helpdesk will also provide point
of contact support.
Where can I learn more about Blackboard?
Blackboard has a number of resources
available at the following sites:
Blackboard On-Demand Learning
Blackboard Instructor Help Center: