June was another busy month for the Bb Learn learning management system (LMS) Transition Teams, with progress on several fronts moving forward toward the rollout of the LMS to 14 pilot faculty in August.
“Our production Learn system is up and running!” says Scott Kodai, Manager, Distributed Learning Technologies (DLT) and Classroom Technology Services. “We are now running Bb Learn 9.1 Service Pack 6 (the latest version available) on our production system. We are currently tweaking settings and configuring building blocks, but we expect to create accounts for the pilot faculty very soon. We continue to make progress on our automated migration application, with a working beta version currently installed on our staging system while we find and resolve any remaining bugs.”
In conjunction with Kodai’s team’s rollout of Bb Learn prep areas to selected staff, the Technology and Learning Program (TLP) student staff under the supervision of Peter DiFalco in the TLP empowerment lab have been diligently testing functionality, troubleshooting, and exploring practical applications of the tools available to instructors and students in the new LMS. Documentation of comparisons between equivalent tools in Blackboard Vista and Bb Learn is being compiled in wikis that will eventually be of great assistance to instructors as they migrate courses into the new LMS.
From July 11-14 DLT and TLP staff members attended the BBWorld conference in Las Vegas, and breaking from that city’s traditional slogan, what happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas—our next report will center on knowledge and ideas brough back from that gathering of Bb Learn expert users, administrators, and tech support specialists.
As TLP manager Laura Sederberg says, “We plan to pick the brains of all we meet at this international conference. We hope to gain tips and tricks and share best practices with colleagues we have met through our Bb Learn Cohort program.”
Watch this space for further reporting on outcomes brought back from this event.