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Project update - November 22, 2016



To:         The Dalhousie University community
 
From:    Fiona Black, chair, Academic IT Steering Committee
 
Date:     November 22, 2016
 
Re:         Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) implementation update
 

Dear colleagues,
 
Many thanks for your engagement with Brightspace. This is our penultimate memo on the migration as most courses have now been moved from Blackboard to Brightspace. Since October 2015, over 500 faculty and staff have attended a Brightspace Basics training session. Many have gone on to take more advanced training. This has resulted in a smooth implementation for most faculty and students. The implementation team’s remaining work includes migrating the few remaining winter term courses and any remaining spring/summer courses.

Please take note:

  1. If you need your winter content migrated immediately, please contact Library Information Technology Services (LITS) in the Dal Libraries at intech@dal.ca.
  2. If your course is not offered this year and you want previous content migrated for future use, please contact intech@dal.ca
  3. Blank course spaces for winter 2017 have already been created. Please remember that course spaces need to be activated each term.
  4. BbLearn is no longer accessible to instructors.
  5. Any courses or community spaces that have not been migrated will be archived.
  6. Training sessions for faculty and staff are offered regularly by Library Information Technology Services (LITS) in the Dal Libraries. To register, please click ‘Register for training sessions’ on dal.ca/elearning
  7. The Instructional Designers at the Centre for Learning and Teaching are available for help with course design. For more information click here.
  8. Self-help materials are available via dal.ca/elearning or through the Brightspace site under the Help tab.
  9. Group training sessions on the basics of Brightspace are available if faculty would like to train together. To schedule a group session, contact intech@dal.ca

For more information on the Brightspace implementation please visit dal.ca/elearning 

Queries are welcome and should be directed to Doug.Rogers@dal.ca

 

MEMORANDUM

To:         The Dalhousie University community
 
From:    Fiona Black, chair, Academic IT Steering Committee
 
Date:     November 22, 2016
 
Re:         Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) implementation update
 

Dear colleagues,
 
Many thanks for your engagement with Brightspace. This is our penultimate memo on the migration as most courses have now been moved from Blackboard to Brightspace. Since October 2015, over 500 faculty and staff have attended a Brightspace Basics training session. Many have gone on to take more advanced training. This has resulted in a smooth implementation for most faculty and students. The implementation team’s remaining work includes migrating the few remaining winter term courses and any remaining spring/summer courses.

Please take note:

  1. If you need your winter content migrated immediately, please contact Library Information Technology Services (LITS) in the Dal Libraries at intech@dal.ca.
  2. If your course is not offered this year and you want previous content migrated for future use, please contact intech@dal.ca
  3. Blank course spaces for winter 2017 have already been created. Please remember that course spaces need to be activated each term.
  4. BbLearn is no longer accessible to instructors.
  5. Any courses or community spaces that have not been migrated will be archived.
  6. Training sessions for faculty and staff are offered regularly by Library Information Technology Services (LITS) in the Dal Libraries. To register, please click ‘Register for training sessions’ on dal.ca/elearning
  7. The Instructional Designers at the Centre for Learning and Teaching are available for help with course design. For more information click here.
  8. Self-help materials are available via dal.ca/elearning or through the Brightspace site under the Help tab.
  9. Group training sessions on the basics of Brightspace are available if faculty would like to train together. To schedule a group session, contact intech@dal.ca

For more information on the Brightspace implementation please visit dal.ca/elearning 

Queries are welcome and should be directed to Doug.Rogers@dal.ca

MEMORANDUM

To:         The Dalhousie University community
 
From:    Fiona Black, chair, Academic IT Steering Committee
 
Date:     November 22, 2016
 
Re:         Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) implementation update
 

Dear colleagues,
 
Many thanks for your engagement with Brightspace. This is our penultimate memo on the migration as most courses have now been moved from Blackboard to Brightspace. Since October 2015, over 500 faculty and staff have attended a Brightspace Basics training session. Many have gone on to take more advanced training. This has resulted in a smooth implementation for most faculty and students. The implementation team’s remaining work includes migrating the few remaining winter term courses and any remaining spring/summer courses.

Please take note:

  1. If you need your winter content migrated immediately, please contact Library Information Technology Services (LITS) in the Dal Libraries at intech@dal.ca.
  2. If your course is not offered this year and you want previous content migrated for future use, please contact intech@dal.ca
  3. Blank course spaces for winter 2017 have already been created. Please remember that course spaces need to be activated each term.
  4. BbLearn is no longer accessible to instructors.
  5. Any courses or community spaces that have not been migrated will be archived.
  6. Training sessions for faculty and staff are offered regularly by Library Information Technology Services (LITS) in the Dal Libraries. To register, please click ‘Register for training sessions’ on dal.ca/elearning
  7. The Instructional Designers at the Centre for Learning and Teaching are available for help with course design. For more information click here.
  8. Self-help materials are available via dal.ca/elearning or through the Brightspace site under the Help tab.
  9. Group training sessions on the basics of Brightspace are available if faculty would like to train together. To schedule a group session, contact intech@dal.ca

For more information on the Brightspace implementation please visit dal.ca/elearning 

Queries are welcome and should be directed to Doug.Rogers@dal.ca

MEMORANDUM

To:         The Dalhousie University community
 
From:    Fiona Black, chair, Academic IT Steering Committee
 
Date:     November 22, 2016
 
Re:         Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) implementation update
 

Dear colleagues,
 
Many thanks for your engagement with Brightspace. This is our penultimate memo on the migration as most courses have now been moved from Blackboard to Brightspace. Since October 2015, over 500 faculty and staff have attended a Brightspace Basics training session. Many have gone on to take more advanced training. This has resulted in a smooth implementation for most faculty and students. The implementation team’s remaining work includes migrating the few remaining winter term courses and any remaining spring/summer courses.

Please take note:

  1. If you need your winter content migrated immediately, please contact Library Information Technology Services (LITS) in the Dal Libraries at intech@dal.ca.
  2. If your course is not offered this year and you want previous content migrated for future use, please contact intech@dal.ca
  3. Blank course spaces for winter 2017 have already been created. Please remember that course spaces need to be activated each term.
  4. BbLearn is no longer accessible to instructors.
  5. Any courses or community spaces that have not been migrated will be archived.
  6. Training sessions for faculty and staff are offered regularly by Library Information Technology Services (LITS) in the Dal Libraries. To register, please click ‘Register for training sessions’ on dal.ca/elearning
  7. The Instructional Designers at the Centre for Learning and Teaching are available for help with course design. For more information click here.
  8. Self-help materials are available via dal.ca/elearning or through the Brightspace site under the Help tab.
  9. Group training sessions on the basics of Brightspace are available if faculty would like to train together. To schedule a group session, contact intech@dal.ca

For more information on the Brightspace implementation please visit dal.ca/elearning 

Queries are welcome and should be directed to Doug.Rogers@dal.ca

MEMORANDUM

To:         The Dalhousie University community
 
From:    Fiona Black, chair, Academic IT Steering Committee
 
Date:     November 22, 2016
 
Re:         Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) implementation update
 

Dear colleagues,
 
Many thanks for your engagement with Brightspace. This is our penultimate memo on the migration as most courses have now been moved from Blackboard to Brightspace. Since October 2015, over 500 faculty and staff have attended a Brightspace Basics training session. Many have gone on to take more advanced training. This has resulted in a smooth implementation for most faculty and students. The implementation team’s remaining work includes migrating the few remaining winter term courses and any remaining spring/summer courses.

Please take note:

  1. If you need your winter content migrated immediately, please contact Library Information Technology Services (LITS) in the Dal Libraries at intech@dal.ca.
  2. If your course is not offered this year and you want previous content migrated for future use, please contact intech@dal.ca
  3. Blank course spaces for winter 2017 have already been created. Please remember that course spaces need to be activated each term.
  4. BbLearn is no longer accessible to instructors.
  5. Any courses or community spaces that have not been migrated will be archived.
  6. Training sessions for faculty and staff are offered regularly by Library Information Technology Services (LITS) in the Dal Libraries. To register, please click ‘Register for training sessions’ on dal.ca/elearning
  7. The Instructional Designers at the Centre for Learning and Teaching are available for help with course design. For more information click here.
  8. Self-help materials are available via dal.ca/elearning or through the Brightspace site under the Help tab.
  9. Group training sessions on the basics of Brightspace are available if faculty would like to train together. To schedule a group session, contact intech@dal.ca

For more information on the Brightspace implementation please visit dal.ca/elearning 

Queries are welcome and should be directed to Doug.Rogers@dal.ca

MEMORANDUM

To:         The Dalhousie University community
 
From:    Fiona Black, chair, Academic IT Steering Committee
 
Date:     November 22, 2016
 
Re:         Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) implementation update
 

Dear colleagues,
 
Many thanks for your engagement with Brightspace. This is our penultimate memo on the migration as most courses have now been moved from Blackboard to Brightspace. Since October 2015, over 500 faculty and staff have attended a Brightspace Basics training session. Many have gone on to take more advanced training. This has resulted in a smooth implementation for most faculty and students. The implementation team’s remaining work includes migrating the few remaining winter term courses and any remaining spring/summer courses.

Please take note:

  1. If you need your winter content migrated immediately, please contact Library Information Technology Services (LITS) in the Dal Libraries at intech@dal.ca.
  2. If your course is not offered this year and you want previous content migrated for future use, please contact intech@dal.ca
  3. Blank course spaces for winter 2017 have already been created. Please remember that course spaces need to be activated each term.
  4. BbLearn is no longer accessible to instructors.
  5. Any courses or community spaces that have not been migrated will be archived.
  6. Training sessions for faculty and staff are offered regularly by Library Information Technology Services (LITS) in the Dal Libraries. To register, please click ‘Register for training sessions’ on dal.ca/elearning
  7. The Instructional Designers at the Centre for Learning and Teaching are available for help with course design. For more information click here.
  8. Self-help materials are available via dal.ca/elearning or through the Brightspace site under the Help tab.
  9. Group training sessions on the basics of Brightspace are available if faculty would like to train together. To schedule a group session, contact intech@dal.ca

For more information on the Brightspace implementation please visit dal.ca/elearning 

Queries are welcome and should be directed to Doug.Rogers@dal.ca

Project update - August 29, 2016


To:          The Dalhousie University community

From:      Fiona Black, chair, Academic IT Steering Committee

Date:       August 29, 2016

Re:          Plagiarism Detection Software

Dear colleagues,

The transition from Blackboard to Brightspace created a gap in our suite of e-learning tools in the form of plagiarism detection software because our current offering, SafeAssign, is tied to the Blackboard license. With that in mind, a Plagiarism Detection Software Consultation Workgroup was formed last year to identify a replacement for SafeAssign. In November 2015, an RFP was issued on behalf of Dalhousie to explore plagiarism detection software options. A full review was conducted that included colleagues from across the university.  

 

Following the review, we selected Urkund as the best fit for our needs because this software:

 

1    Allows bulk uploads by instructors

2    Performs well locating online sources

3    Provides alternative sources for suspect documents

4    Provides a clear analysis of each submission

 

Urkund will be integrated with our learning management system (Brightspace) and will be available for use in September. Colleagues in Dalhousie Libraries’ Library Information Technology Services (LITS) will provide the training on the new system. Centre for Learning and Teaching colleagues will provide pedagogical guidance for Urkund.

 

For further information about Urkund, please visit dal.ca/elearning.

Queries are always welcome and should be directed to Doug.Rogers@dal.ca

Project update - July 13, 2016


To:  The Dalhousie University community

From:  Fiona Black, Associate Vice-President Academic, chair, Academic IT Steering Committee

Date:  July 13, 2016

Re:  Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) implementation update

Dear colleagues,

Thank you for reading our various memoranda over the past months about Dal’s migration from Blackboard to Brightspace. This message contains reminders of information we have sent before and now wish to emphasize as we approach some critical deadlines.

We are pleased to note that the third and final phase has been proceeding well. The majority of fall courses have been migrated. If you are still waiting, please email intech@dal.ca and your courses will be processed in a timely manner. The migration of winter courses will take place throughout the fall. In addition, many non-course spaces, such as online communities, have also been migrated.

1.    BbLearn will not be accessible to instructors after July 31st, 2016, except in emergency situations for which we have to pay.

2.     All fall/winter courses on the upcoming timetable will be migrated to Brightspace. If your course is not offered this year and you want it migrated, please contact intech@dal.ca

3.     Those who administer BbLearn spaces such as online communities need to contact intech@dal.ca prior to July 31st, 2016.

4.     We shall archive any courses that have not been delivered in the last four years. We recommend that instructors keep a backup outside the learning management system of all course files. For more information on this process, please read the following blog: https://blogs.dal.ca/elearning/2016/03/29/best-practices-prior-to-the-retirement-of-bblearn  

5.     Instructors should create an archive of submitted materials such as grades, papers, and discussion forums. This information does not migrate from BbLearn to Brightspace.

Brightspace Training

The Brightspace implementation team is pleased to offer the following training options:

1.     Training sessions for faculty and staff are offered weekly by Library Information Technology Services. To register, please go to https://register-eod.dal.ca

2.     The Instructional Designers at the Centre for Learning and Teaching are available for help with course design. For more information click here: http://www.dal.ca/dept/clt/e-learning.html

3.     Self-help materials are available via dal.ca/elearning or through the Brightspace site under the help tab.

4.     Group training sessions on the basics of Brightspace are available if faculty would like to train together. To schedule a group session, contact intech@dal.ca

For more information on the Brightspace implementation please visit dal.ca/elearning All queries should be directed to Doug.Rogers@dal.ca

Project update - March 31, 2016


To: The Dalhousie University community

From: Fiona Black, chair, Academic IT Committee

Date: March 31, 2016

Re: Retirement of BbLearn and file saving strategies

Dear Dalhousie community,

To prepare for the retirement of BbLearn, we recommend the following actions for all colleagues who have used BbLearn for any aspect of their teaching:

Best Practices Prior to the Retirement of BbLearn

  1. Your course will be migrated for you. In addition, we recommend that you keep a backup of all course files outside the learning management system.

  2. Instructors should create an archive of submitted materials such as grades, papers, and discussion fora. This information does not migrate from BbLearn to Brightspace.

  3. These tasks need to be completed before our license with BbLearn expires. Access to BbLearn will end on July 31, 2016.

  4. For information on how to archive your course and what might be useful to archive, please visit https://blogs.dal.ca/elearning/2016/03/29/best-practices-prior-to- the-retirement-of-bblearn

You can find out more about technology-enabled learning and the LMS implementation project by visiting dal.ca/elearning.

Please contact the Project Manager, Doug.Rogers@dal.ca, if you have any questions. 

Project update - February 3, 2016

 


Dear Dalhousie community,

Following our previous communications about the migration to Brightspace, Dalhousie’s new learning management system (LMS), we are pleased to provide an update about the project as we as we prepare for our third and final phase.

Phase 3 Progress Update:

•       Phase 3 will include all remaining programs at Dalhousie.

•       All courses on the Dalhousie Spring/Summer timetable are currently being migrated.

•       If your course does not appear on this years Spring/Summer time-table and you would like it migrated, please contact intech@dal.ca

•       Fall course migrations will begin at the end of February.

•       Instructors will receive notice when their course has been migrated. We strongly recommend that each Instructor explore their content and move things around to ensure cohesion between the content and the new system.

•       Brightspace training is available to all faculty and staff. Register for a training session at dal.ca/elearning

•       Customized Dalhousie Brightspace self-help materials can be found on dal.ca/eLearning or via the Help link in Brightspace.

•       If you have any questions about your migrated course, please contact intech@dal.ca

•       Find out more about the migration process on the eLearning blog: https://blogs.dal.ca/elearning/2015/11/18/

Project Principles

1.      Recognition of the opportunity to engage colleagues around pedagogical issues relating to e-learning in general

2.      Education and training are key components of supporting faculty, staff and students in migrating to a new system

3.      Project priority is a smooth transition

4.      Phased implementation will support a successful migration

5.      Continuous communication and engagement with Faculties is critical


You can find out more about technology-enabled learning and the LMS implementation project by visiting dal.ca/elearning.

Please contact the Project Manager, Doug.Rogers@dal.ca, if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

Project update - November 24, 2015


MIGRATION OF SUMMER 2016 COURSES TO BRIGHTSPACE: PHASE 3

Please be advised that all courses that will be taught Summer 2016 will have their Blackboard course spaces migrated to Brightspace beginning the week of November 30th.

This message is to inform you about the process of course migration from Blackboard to Brightspace:

  • On November 30th, we will begin migrating all summer courses from Blackboard to Brightspace. Please wait until you receive your course in Brightspace before making any changes to your content. We will be working on migration and quality control right away and will begin releasing course content back to faculty on Brightspace as soon as it is ready. More details on the migration process are included on the eLearning blog.

  • A community forum to share information about summer course migration is planned for December 14, 2015. Registration is now available:
    If you cannot attend, the session will be recorded and uploaded to dal.ca/elearning.

  • Instructors are welcome to request empty course development spaces (sandboxes) by emailing intech@dal.ca with Brightspace in the subject line.

  • Training for the entire campus community has begun. Register for a training session 

Project update - October 2015

Project timeline - May 20, 2015


To:          The Dalhousie University community

From:      Fiona Black, Chair, Steering Committee (Technology-Enabled Learning: LMS Implementation)

Date:       May 20, 2015

Re:          Learning Management System (LMS) implementation timeline

Dear Dalhousie community,

As noted in the communication sent April 20, Dalhousie is replacing the Blackboard Learning Management System with Brightspace by D2L. This decision follows extensive testing, surveys and focus groups involving faculty, students and IT and e-Learning professionals. 

The Steering Committee is committed to providing regular updates. This update includes principles for our success, key features of the new platform, details about the pilot phase and an overview of process and timeline,

Principles

1. Recognition of the opportunity to engage colleagues around pedagogical issues relating to e-learning in general

2. Education and training are key components of supporting faculty, staff and students in migrating to a new system

3. Project priority is a smooth transition 

4. Phased implementation will support a successful migration

5. Continuous communication and engagement with Faculties is critical

Advantages of Brightspace

Some of the standout features of Brightspace include the following:

• An instructional design wizard to help with course design.

• Enhanced access to student collaboration tools.

• An ePortfolio tool that is integrated into the entire system. 

• Advanced analytics features that will help progress strategic initiatives around enrolment and retention. 

• Brightspace has a strong Canadian user community.

Early Adopters for Pilot Phase

A small pilot will be conducted this summer, to roll out in September. Several criteria were used to select early adopters, including relative “program self-containment” so that all courses will be migrated concurrently into Brightspace. The following self-contained programs have agreed to be a part of this pilot:

• The Faculty of Agriculture (all programs)

• The Faculty of Management (mid-career graduate programs through CFAME)

• The Faculty of Architecture and Planning (all programs)

• The Faculty of Health Professions (Social Work programs)

Process and Timeline

Learning Management System decision and implementation planning - April 20, 2015

To:              The Dalhousie University community

From:         Technology-Enabled Learning—LMS Implementation Steering Committee

Date:          April 20, 2015

Re:             Learning Management System decision and implementation planning

 

Dear Dalhousie community,

Last year Dalhousie embarked on an institutional review of learning management systems (LMS). The purpose of the LMS review was to evaluate whether there is a learning management system service provider that can satisfy the current and future pedagogical needs of Dalhousie University, with a particular focus on significantly enhancing the learning environment on and off campus.  The review was led by Brad Wuetherick (Executive Director, Centre for Learning and Teaching), Donna Bourne-Tyson (University Librarian) and Dwight Fischer (Assistant VP Information Technology Services). The review considered the possibility of purchasing an LMS in conjunction with Nova Scotia university partners as a consortium.

An RFP was placed by Interuniversity Services Inc. on behalf of the consortium. Three products were selected for review based on the requirements indicated in the RFP and the selection was discussed with the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee: 

• Blackboard Learn (Washington D.C.) 

• Canvas by Instructure (Salt Lake City, Utah) 

• Brightspace by D2L (Kitchener, Waterloo) 


Three major stakeholder groups were identified including students, faculty and IT/e-learning professionals. Presentations and discussions concerning the process took place at both the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee and at Senate. A comprehensive review involved members of each stakeholder group. Methods included product testing, surveys and focus groups. In addition, all members of the Dalhousie community had an opportunity to gain access to the three LMS systems and to offer feedback. We thank all of the faculty, staff and students who gave their time and input as part of the comprehensive review process. For more information on this decision and the process of the LMS review, please visit https://blogs.dal.ca/lmsreview/

The LMS Review Steering Committee recommended that Dalhousie choose Brightspace by D2L as its preferred vendor. Brightspace by D2L was also the unanimous choice of the consortium. Dalhousie University now has a signed contract with D2L.

A new steering committee, detailed below, will now guide the implementation phase, involving expert teams focusing on migration, education and training. A comprehensive implementation, education, and communications plan, including presentations, discussions and regular updates to the community and to the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee, will facilitate the transition to Dalhousie’s new LMS to be completed by fall 2016. 

Technology-Enabled Learning—LMS Implementation Steering Committee:

Fiona Black, Associate Vice-President Academic (Chair)
Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian
Andy Cochrane, Dean, College of Continuing Education
Dwight Fischer, Assistant Vice-President, Information Technology Services
Josh Leon, Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Brad Wuetherick, Executive Director, Centre for Learning and Teaching
Leanne French-Munn, Executive Director, Integrated Planning and Project Management (Resource)

Queries are welcome and may be directed to fiona.black@dal.ca