"This year I have developed and offered a full repertoire of Blackboard training workshops that continue to draw attendance from faculty members both from Brooklyn College and from other CUNY institutions. For fall semester, Nick and I agreed to offer a slimmed-down version of our offerings due to the move to the new library. For spring semester 2003, I introduced two new general workshops (i.e., non-Blackboard) to add to the Pedagogical Series: Copyright and the TEACH Act: Implications for Online Instruction; and 508 Accessibility Guidelines for your Course Site." Sylvie Richards, Multimedia Specialist.
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|Number of Students||4,488|
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"Welcome to the Brooklyn College Blackboard Users Community course site! Here you will find helpful solutions and tips that can assist you. Look under ‘Course Documents' for updated materials. Join the Forum on the Discussion Board, and watch for announcements about upcoming BUC meetings!"
We begin the spring 2003 semester on April 1 with a BUC brown bag lunch on the TEACH (Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization) Act http://www.ala.org/washoff/teach.html. Two additional lunches occurred later in the semester.
The path forward to the Blackboard enterprise version has had a good many twists and turns. At first the University expressed considerable uncertainty about its ability to fund a CUNY-wide enterprise license to replace the original level 1 product. However, Brooklyn's course site numbers were growing so rapidly that we were about to surpass the capacity of a level 1 license. Preparing for any eventuality, the College budgeted $45,000 in Student Technology Fee funds to support Brooklyn's own enterprise license.
At last, in the fall 2002, the University began to negotiate with Blackboard, opting to buy a single CUNY-wide license and to run the software on University servers located in Manhattan. This arrangement will not be without cost to the local campuses, although these costs remain unclear: the University plans to charge colleges a per-user fee.
At Brooklyn, we anticipate a summer or fall 2003 implementation. While the contract is still under negotiation, we are hopeful about a summer 2003 implementation–so great are the differences between the old to the new product that a fall 2003 migration would likely create chaos: Sylvie Richards learned at the national Blackboard conference that migrating from 5.5 to 6 has been a nightmare at other institutions. For one thing, all user names and passwords change. Sylvie is now attempting to migrate her demo courses using the SAN box provided by Blackboard.
We are planning training for Brooklyn's faculty later this spring, and our summer Blackboard Institute is training faculty and staff throughout CUNY for version 6–it should be the biggest Blackboard institute ever.
Blackboard Users Conference (March 2002, Phoenix)
Blackboard Users Conference (February 2003, Washington DC)