Blackboard Learn 9.1
Due to recent problems with Blackboard CE 8, Texas Tech University has made the decision to migrate all Fall, 2013 Blackboard courses to Blackboard Learn 9.1. Blackboard CE8 will only be supported through Summer II, 2013. If you have questions about blackboard CE8, please visit the CE8 page.
If you would like assistance migrating an existing course or have questions about the migration in general, please contact Suzanne Tapp (email@example.com) and she will help to connect you with the appropriate support staff. We are glad to assist you with “clean up” tasks and helping your course transition smoothly to Blackboard Learn 9.1.
To assist with this emergency Blackboard migration to Blackboard Learn 9.1, the following important information will help you to prepare.
For experienced Blackboard (Bb) faculty and instructors:
- To migrate an existing course from Bb8 to Bb9
- To develop a course in Bb9
- To get your files from Bb8 to Bb9
- Now that I’ve developed or migrated my course, what’s next?
- A Summary to Help You Prepare Your Fall Courses: Migrating, Live Shell, Copying and Clean-up Tasks
For new faculty and instructors:
- Migration Questions and Answers
- Migration Clean-up Tasks
- Instructor Support
- Student Support
- Troubleshooting Tips for Blackboard Learn 9.1
- Enroll in Training for Blackboard Learn 9.1
- Watch Online Training Sessions for Blackboard Learn 9.1
If you have an existing course in Bb8 that you would like to MIGRATE (duplicate) to Bb9, click on the following link: http://appserv.itts.ttu.edu/BB9Migration/.
You will see a list of Bb8 courses in which you have Instructor access. Once you’ve selected the courses you’d like to migrate, the migration will take up to ten days to complete. You will receive an email confirming the migration upon its completion.
If you would like to RE-CREATE a course or wish to develop a new course in Bb9, please go to the following link to request a Development Shell: www.tlpd.ttu.edu/blackboard/courserequest.asp.
Development Shells will have the standard course design template applied at the time of creation. This request will take up to five days to complete. You will receive an email confirmation after the Development Shell has been created.
To get your files from Bb8 to Bb9
From the File Manager, you would need to zip all files and download them onto your computer. Next, unzip (also called extract) the files – this maintains the original file structure and creates a new folder of the same name. Please take this opportunity to delete any obsolete files from this folder. Once you’ve done this, you can re-zip the content you want to upload into Bb9. The following link will provides a three-minute tutorial on how to upload the zipped file (Upload Package). http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/movies/bb91_course_files_adding_files.htm.
Once the files are uploaded into Bb9, you can begin to link them into the course in the way you want your students to see them. Don’t forget about the tutorials we have linked on our Support Website.
Now that I’ve developed or migrated my course, what’s next?
Once you have developed or migrated your Bb9 course (and are ready to start teaching) you will need to request a semester-based Live Shell. The LiveShell is connected to Banner and will auto-populate your course with all registered students. After the course is created, you will have the option to copy the content from an existing shell into the LiveShell.
To request a Live Shell, go to http://appserv.itts.ttu.edu/BlackboardCourseRequest/default.aspx.
There you will find a list of all the courses for which you are Instructor of Record in Banner and you may select the courses for which you would like a Blackboard Live Shell to be created. The Live Shell request is processed within several hours of submitting the request, but please note that you will not receive a confirmation email.
For more information about Blackboard training, consultations, or technical support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 806-742-0133