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December 30, 2008

It's Time for Some End-of-Semester Housekeeping

As we approach the coming semester, we are preparing for it by tidying up Blackboard. To accomplish this, we would like to move long-inactive course sites to an archive and mark as "unavailable" any course site from a previous semester. These two actions will free up some space on the Blackboard system for the coming semester while removing potentially confusing course links from the Blackboard pages of past students.

To make this process easier for instructors, we have reviewed the course sites currently on the Blackboard system. If a course site has been used within the previous year but is not linked to a course taught in a coming semester, it has been marked for us to make "unavailable". If a site has been inactive for a year or more, it has been marked as a good candidate for archiving. Otherwise, it will remain untouched.

Course sites that are made "unavailable" will simply be unavailable to students in the course. Instructor(s) will continue to have access to the sites and their contents. The archived sites will no longer be available on the main Blackboard system, but instructors will be able to retrieve them at any time by using the Archive Restoration tool, which is available as part of the Blackboard Wizard.

Each Blackboard instructor should receive an email containing our suggested actions for his or her Blackboard course sites. This information - along with the ability to override our suggested changes - can also be viewed by going to: https://www.case.edu/cgi-bin/blackboard/housekeeping.

If an instructor wants to delete a course site entirely, that can be done at: https://www.case.edu/cgi-bin/blackboard/remove-site.

We ask all instructors to select their desired actions before January 12, 2009, as we will implement these changes that day.

Posted by gxm11 at December 30, 2008 07:18 PM

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