Reminder: Prepare Your Courses for Migration

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Published November 29, 2022

As you know, we continue to prepare for the launch of Brightspace, our new learning management system, in Fall 2023. In January 2023, we will begin to migrate Blackboard course content to the new environment. 

When should you finish reviewing and preparing your courses for migration?
  • Spring 2022, Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 courses – Dec. 30, 2022.
  • Winter 2023 courses – Jan. 28, 2023.

Please keep in mind that only course structure and content will be copied to Brightspace. Enrollments, grades and student submissions will not be migrated.

To streamline the process and ensure that your courses are in good shape when they get into Brightspace, there are some steps you can take now:

  1. Select sections that you want to have copied to Brightspace. If you have multiple course sites for the same course, you do not need to review each one.
  2. In the courses you have selected for migration, review your course files and delete past versions of documents that are no longer needed.
  3. In the courses you have selected for migration, make sure that any videos that were uploaded directly to Blackboard are instead uploaded to Panopto and available in your course site as links or embedded videos.
  4. Review the Blackboard Ally scores for any uploaded documents and click on the icon for those with issues for information about improving accessibility.
  5. Create and save locally course archives for all existing Blackboard courses.
  6. Save locally any uploaded content so that it will be available to you in the future if needed.
  7. Use the UB Learns Class Setup Tool to delete any past course sites that are no longer needed. Remember, do not delete any course sites where students have incompletes.

Is there more information available about preparing your courses for migration?