Blackboard Learn Comes to Wentworth for Spring 2013

15 Nov

Wentworth will be transitioning all courses and sections in Blackboard Vista to the new Blackboard Learn in spring of 2013.  This is a major upgrade from our former Blackboard Vista system.

Summary of Updates Below:

  • Key Change for Course Requests and Availability
  • Content from Past Courses
  • “Sandbox” Development Course Sites
  • Training Opportunities and Support
  • How to Access Blackboard Learn

Key Change for Course Requests and Availability
Starting in spring of 2013, ALL official sections listed as a “lecture” in Banner (Wentworth’s course registration system) will have a site automatically created in Blackboard Learn. This means that you no longer need to submit a course request form. If you do not wish to use Blackboard Learn, you may leave your site blank, or make it unavailable following these directions.

Content from Past Courses
Past course content will be available for one year. Summer 2012 and spring 2012 courses have been imported into Blackboard Learn from Vista and  are now available as archived course sites. Fall 2012 courses from Blackboard Vista will be imported into Learn after the semester ends.

The process for copying course content has changed. You may now copy an entire course, or just parts of a course. Please follow these directions if you want to copy material from an archived course. If you need courses from further back, archive files are available in most cases and we can help you restore past content. Send a note to ld@wit.edu if you need more help.

“Sandbox” Development Course Sites
Based on feedback from our summer pilot and fall phase 1 faculty groups,  the new Learn system offers lots of helpful new features, but it does take some getting used to. To help you adjust to the new system, we have created a blank “sandbox” course for each faculty member during this transition phase. Faculty members who participated in the summer pilot or fall 2012 group should continue to use their existing sandbox sites.

Your sandbox course can be used to develop content starting now for your spring courses and to help you learn the new system. This sandbox course is visible only to you and to members of DTS when we are working with you (such as for training or troubleshooting). Students will not be able to see this course, so please feel free to use it as a safe place to experiment and try things out.

Training Opportunities and Support
A schedule of training sessions, an FAQ about access to Blackboard and our documentation is available from the L+D website available here.

Accessing Blackboard Learn
Blackboard Learn is available at bb.wit.edu, click on the “Log in to Bb Learn” link. If you’d like to bookmark the site directly, use http://wit.umassonline.net
To access Blackboard Learn, you can login starting now.

  • Your username is your full WIT email address, including the “@wit.edu” (example: smithj@wit.edu)
  • Your initial password is WITBBxxxxxx where “xxxxxx” is the last 6 digits of your WIT ID number (example: WITBB246802)
  • You can find your “W” number by folowing these instructions.

We look forward to working with you and getting you up to speed on the new Blackboard. If you have further questions, please contact us at ld@wit.edu

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