IT Cleanup of Spring and Summer 2010 Blackboard Courses

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IT will be performing a cleanup of all Blackboard courses older than two years as part of Missouri S&T’s two year Blackboard course retention policy, starting on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

This will ONLY affect Spring (SP2010) and Summer (SS2010) courses in Blackboard! Every instructor will receive an email indicating which courses are scheduled for removal.

This will NOT affect any current (Spring, Summer, or Fall 2012) or future (Spring 2013 and Summer 2013) courses!

After the remove date, the course contents, enrollment, and the entire course itself, will be purged from Blackboard and will not be recoverable.

This process will take place without any action or communication necessary from the instructor.

However, if an instructor wishes to retain content in any course for purposes of retaining the student grade data or for use in future courses, there are a few options available.

First, courses can be Archived. This will preserve all student work, enrollments, and grades, in the event that data from the course needs to be recovered. Instructions on archiving a course can be found at:

http://edtech.mst.edu/support/blackboard9-1/archivecourse/    

Second, content can be Copied from one course to another. This does NOT preserve student data, but is an easy way for moving content forward. WARNING: Copying a course from a previous semester always runs the risk that some portions of the course may not function as desired due to changes in Blackboard over time (e.g. upgrading to a new version). For example, a course created in Blackboard version 8 may have content features that are NOT supported in version 9.1.

Instructions for coping course content can be found at:

http://edtech.mst.edu/support/blackboard9-1/coursecopy/

If you require additional assistance with archiving or copying off any of the course information, please contact Educational Technology at 341-4131, edtech@mst.edu, or submit a Help Request (online at help.mst.edu or via phone at 573-341-HELP).

If you are one of multiple instructors for a course, please coordinate efforts with other instructors in the course to ensure any data which needs to be retained is archived or copied by the course’s remove date.