Faculty: Get Ready to Moodle!

Ready or Not….Moodle Replaces Blackboard This Summer

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Moodle will be the SOU course management system beginning Summer Term 2011. You can prepare for this transition by completing the Moodle Faculty Checklist. As you work through the checklist, know that there are Moodle Masters on hand who are happy to answer your questions and help you prepare. 

Stay Calm and Carry On

June 30, 2011 is the Blackboard shutdown date. As of July 1, you won’t have access to:
    • Blackboard course sites from prior terms
    • Student work submitted in Blackboard
    • Course grade book data in Blackboard

Never Fear—All Will Not Be Lost! 

Instructional materials will be archived and can be viewed or moved to Moodle any time. You can open your archives and retrieve teaching files without Blackboard using a great (free) conversion tool called “bFree.” 

Note: Student data cannot be archived or transferred to Moodle. Blackboard data such as discussion postings, student test and assignment submissions, and grade book entries will be gone forever after June 30. Download course grade books into Excel spreadsheets if you need a copy of those records. If you have assigned an Incomplete to any students enrolled in a Blackboard course, you’ll want to download all work submitted by them as well as a copy of the course grade book for future reference. 

It’s Not Too Late (Or Too Soon)

There’s still time to develop your transition plan. You have options for moving content into Moodle
  1. Ask the Distance Education Center staff to move your course site(s) from Blackboard to Moodle using the Moodle Course Request Form on MySOU, or
  2. Control your own Moodle destiny and build your sites from scratch, taking full advantage of the instructional options now available in Moodle.