Faculty: Making the Move to Moodle

As we explain in more detail on the Frequently Asked Questions About Moodle page, we are transitioning from Blackboard to Moodle over a two-year period. On June 30, 2013, our Blackboard license will expire, and although we will have access to all the files in Blackboard courses (via course archives), we won’t have a way to view the structure of a Blackboard course as it existed prior to that time. As of Spring 2012, more than half of the faculty have made the switch from Blackboard to Moodle.

Between now and June 30, 2013, we effectively have only three blocks of time to bring Blackboard courses over to Moodle before our Blackboard licenses expires: Summer 2012, Winter Break 2012-3, and Summer 2013. Based on our year-one transition experience, we’ve found that Winter Break provides a very tight window to make the transition, because the process of moving a course from Blackboard to Moodle is actually time-consuming. It involves archiving the Blackboard course, extracting all the files from the archive, pulling those files into the Moodle version of the course, and then recreating the structure of the course one file at a time in Moodle. With many faculty moving their offices over Summer 2013, that final summer of our license will be even more hectic and therefore less suitable as the time to make the transition to Moodle. Based on these considerations, we would like to urge as many faculty as possible to move to Moodle during Summer 2012, so that you can begin teaching with Moodle during the Fall 2012 semester.

To help us understand your needs and to let us know which courses in particular you want brought over from Blackboard to Moodle, please complete the form you will find at this link: http://tinyurl.com/moodleconversions.

‘Empty’ course sites are created automatically each semester in Moodle. However, we need to know as soon as possible about the Blackboard sites that you want recreated in Moodle to assure that we have adequate time to move everyone’s content.

This form also provides a place to indicate when you intend to make the transition from Blackboard to Moodle, which will help us plan training opportunities to help you learn how to use Moodle effectively to support your teaching.

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