Course Content Migration

Reusing Existing Moodle Course Content 

Moodle content can be copied from one course to another by a Teacher or ITS System Administrator. 

If your previous course is still on line (still listed in Moodle), you can as a Teacher:
  • copy individual items to another of your courses using the Sharing Cart. 
  • copy entire courses or large amounts of course content to another course using the Import function
If your previous course is not on line, or if you want ITS to copy an entire on-line Moodle course, you must submit the migration form linked below. Please do not ask us to violate copyright law.

Electronic Reserves: The Library creates and is responsible for requested content which is maintained in an Electronic Reserves folder or section. ITS will not copy the contents of an Electronic Reserves folder or section; migration of these materials must be requested via the Library (see the Colgate Libraries Course Reserves Policy page). We encourage you to review Colgate's copyright policy, detailed at http://exlibris.colgate.edu/reserves/copyright.html



Using Archived Blackboard Content in Moodle

Migration Overview:

ITS has maintained archives of Blackboard courses since 2001. Within the bounds of copyright law, ITS is will assist faculty with the transfer of archived course materials from Blackboard to Moodle. However, since the course structures of Moodle are not fully compatible with Blackboard and since existing conversion tools are limited, this transfer process can not be fully or simply automated. We expect that each professor will need to spend some time with this migration but hope to minimize this involvement at the faculty member's discretion.

Electronic Reserves: The Library creates and is responsible for requested content which is maintained in an Electronic Reserves folder or section. ITS will not copy the contents of an Electronic Reserves folder or section; migration of these materials must be requested via the Library (see the Colgate Libraries Course Reserves Policy page). We encourage you to review Colgate's copyright policy, detailed at http://exlibris.colgate.edu/reserves/copyright.html


Migration Options:

ITS has three primary approaches to migrating Blackboard content to Moodle:

 Methodology  Faculty Involvement
 ITS will:
 Faculty will:
 Notes:
 Redesign  (Starting fresh)
 Significant
 - Extract materials from Blackboard
 - Provide materials to faculty or upload them to Moodle
- Assist faculty with course design advice/Moodle orientation
- Design Moodle course layout
- Insert transferred materials into course
 - This will always work, but requires faculty time and effort!

 - ITS will not copy Electronic Reserves materials
 Copy - Best Effort  (Use existing automated conversion tools)
 Minimal - Extract materials from Blackboard
- Use existing conversion tools to create analogous Moodle course site, normally in your current semester's course
- Query the professor when automation questions arise
- Provide guidance as requested by ITS migration staff
- Verify the migrated site, reviewing layout and checking course content
 - This may not be feasible for complex Blackboard sites (e.g., those with many sub-folders). When not feasible we will need to switch to an alternative. 

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ITS will not copy Electronic Reserves materials
 Hybrid  Minimal  - Do both of the above
 - Provide guidance as requested by ITS migration staff
- Verify the migrated site, reviewing layout and checking course content
 - Faculty will use the better-named, better-organized Redesign content as they update the Copy - Best Effort content

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ITS will not copy Electronic Reserves materials
 Consultation (Collaborative effort)
 Some  - Arrange one or more meetings with faculty to review existing course, design a Moodle equivalent, and implement the new Moodle course site
 - Meet with ITS as needed to design and develop the course
- Optionally, assist with the course implementation
 - We will not have the resources to do this for every course site, so please make arrangements for this approach as soon as possible.

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ITS will not copy Electronic Reserves materials

About our Blackboard Archives:

ITS has attempted to maintain archives copies of all Blackboard sites since our adoption of the product in 2000, but we can not guarantee that every course archive exists in a usable form.

Our Blackboard archives are not indexed by professor name; all are simply named in the format <Semester>-<Department><Course><Section> (e.g., F07-SOAN102B). We therefore will require professors requesting migration to provide us this basic information and not simply "my last xxx course" or "my fall 08 yyy course".

Migration Request Form

To request migration of Blackboard course materials to Moodle, please complete our  Migration Request Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to convert all my courses before Blackboard is gone?
  • No. We will be able to extract materials from archive files even after the Blackboard server is retired. If you have complicated Blackboard sites it may be useful to have ITS check it on Blackboard to assist with the migration, but it is not essential. 
Where will my "Copy - Best Effort" content be migrated?
  • We will normally copy your course into your current course or the most recent version. 
How will ITS distribute migrated course materials?
  • "Copy - Best Effort" will normally put the materials into the current semester's corresponding Moodle course site
  • Redesign contents, which will can include copies of the original and converted Blackboard archives, folder contents, and folder archives, can be distributed in various ways, depending on size and faculty preference:
    • Simple, small folder archives can be placed in Moodle to be downloaded or directly used by the professor
    • Larger archives and collections of archives can be provided to the professor on CD/DVD

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