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Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012

Sac/CT To Blackboard Transition

As you may know, the campus is undergoing a major learning management system (LMS) transition from use of WebCT to use of the more modern and proficient Blackboard 9.1. A small pilot cohort of faculty and students is testing Blackboard 9.1 use this semester. We’ve been pretty quiet about this transition so far, because there has been major uncertainty in the negotiations between the CSU and Blackboard about contract renewals for WebCT/Blackboard. We’re happy to announce that those long negotiations are coming to a successful conclusion, resulting in major benefits for you and our campus. Those benefits include: an 18% cost reduction for our basic LMS software and a cap on annual price increases; use of those savings to add robust Mobile Learn capabilities that provide both faculty and students with comprehensive access to Blackboard on a variety of mobile devices; access to integrated and robust content and file management capabilities through the Blackboard Xythos add-on that we already own; and access to much improved instructional functionality for faculty. You will soon be hearing about many opportunities for support and training that will be provided by Academic Technology and Creative Services to help you with this upcoming transition from WebCT to Bb 9.1. At the same time, IRT will be working hard to make the transition as smooth as possible for our students.