ANGEL 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 Learn?

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 Center:

http://ondemand.blackboard.com/

Blackboard Instructor Help Center:

http://help.blackboard.com/instructor/index.htm

http://www.blackboard.com/Faculty-Resources.aspx#&panel1-1 


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