Welcome to MSU's Blackboard Support Center!
From here you can scroll down to:
- Keep up-to-date with the monthly newsletter, Blackboard Breakdown
- View our Blackboard Transition and Training Schedule
- Open the Documents tab to quickly find
- "How-Tos" to accomplish your Blackboard tasks
- Download the Blackboard Instructional Manual for Faculty
- Download the Course Conversion Checklist for Faculty when you are ready to start reviewing courses to go live!
- Consult our FAQ section, as needed.
The MSU Blackboard Implementation Team is dedicated to keeping you informed. If you have questions, please feel free to contact either of our Project Leads.
Chris Gonnella, Instructional Designer. firstname.lastname@example.org
Alissa Perkins, Distance Programs Support Specialist. email@example.com
Blackboard Breakdown Monthly Newsletter
Transition & Training Schedule
(in reverse chronological order)
Attend a Drop-In Session online.
Fall 2018 - Any new courses will be automatically created via Connect ND. All Fall 2018 courses will be in Bb.
Aug 1, 2018 Deadline for faculty to review Fall 2018 courses in Bb
Jul 2018 - Hosted Moodle site extension ends
Spring 2018 courses will be moved to Bb. Continue training.
June - August 2018 Phase 3
All Summer 2018 courses will be LIVE on Blackboard
End of Spring 2018 - MSU stops using Moodle
April 13 (Friday) 5:00 pm - Recommended deadline for faculty to review Summer 2018 courses.
Session #3. Grade Center. Live, Remote. March 1 (Thursday) 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Heritage Room. Prereqs: Faculty Orientation and Dynamic Content. Please RSVP.
Drop-In Session: Feb 23 (Friday) Noon to 2:00 pm. Extended Learning Office.
Drop-In Session: Feb 21(Wednesday) 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Extended Learning Office.
FINAL Session #2. Dynamic Content. Recorded: Feb 20 (Tuesday) 9:30 to 11:30 am in the Student Senate Conference Room. Prereq: Faculty Orientation. Please RSVP.
Session #1. Faculty Orientation: Live, Remote. Feb 9 (Friday) 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Heritage Room. This session is open to all faculty members. Please RSVP. Session will be recorded.
"Training Season" begins. Fall 2017 courses will be moved to Bb.
January - May 2018 Phase 2
Semester Break - Drop-in sessions to review courses and ask questions
Dec 20 (Wednesday) 8:00 to 10:00 am - Session #1, Faculty Orientation: Recorded version of previous live, remote training will be viewed in a group setting to allow for interaction between learners. The session is limited to 10 seats. Must RSVP to get a spot. The people who attend this session will become part of Group 1.
Dec 19 (Tuesday) (grades due date) 1:00 to 3:00 pm - Session #1, Faculty Orientation: Celebrate getting your grades in by spending the afternoon with us. Recorded version of previous live, remote training will be viewed in a group setting to allow for interaction between learners. The session is limited to 10 seats. Must RSVP to get a spot.
Dec 5 (Tuesday) 8:00 to 10:00 am AND 1:30 to 3:30 pm - Session #1, Faculty Orientation: Recorded version of previous live, remote training will be viewed in a group setting to allow for interaction between learners. The session is limited to 10 seats. Must RSVP to get a spot.
Nov 29 (Wednesday) 2:00 to 4:00 pm - Session #1, Faculty Orientation: We will offer live, remote training by Bb trainers for faculty teaching in Summer 2018. Session is limited to 20 seats (in-person or remote). Must RSVP to get a spot- keep an eye out for details. Session will be recorded.
Mid Nov 2017 - All Summer 2017 courses will be moved to Blackboard
Oct 2017- Feb 12, 2018 - Implementation Team conducts quality assurance reviews on Summer 2017 courses
Sept 22, 2017 - Based on survey results, the Bb Implementation Team chose complex courses for initial testing.
Sept 20, 2017 - Published Blackboard Updates webpage
Sept 15, 2017 – Deployed Survey of faculty to identify courses that have complex features
Training for Admins. Move Summer 2017 courses to Bb
July – December 2017 Phase 1
August 18, 2017 - My MaSU tab customized and branded for collaborative students as "under construction" with a link to Moodle page.
May 8 - May 17, 2017 - MSU System Admins received synchronous training via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
April 25, 2017 - MSU's Bb Implementation team members were granted access to stage and production environments of shared instance
April 11 - April 13, 2017 - Blackboard representatives visited campus. MSU completed Academic Technology Planning discussions and action plans
Nov 21, 2016 - Functional team formed a student focus group with two students per campus
Nov 17, 2016 - NDUS Core Technology Services (CTS) targeted deadline for developing system-level project timeline
Nov 16, 2016 - Governance teams and campus representatives gathered in Grand Forks to begin making system-level decisions for Blackboard
May 24, 2016 - State Board of Higher Education voted to proceed with consolidation into a single-instance of Blackboard Learn
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I RSVP to a training session?
1. Click the RSVP Link in the Bb Updates page that pertains to the date and time you prefer. If there is no link, the RSVP has not been created yet.
2. Click the RSVP link in the email you received regarding the training session.
Please be sure to complete all of the questions in the RSVP.
Which training sessions are mandatory?
The Office of Academic Affairs is requiring that all full time faculty members take Sessions 1, 2 and 3.
What is the difference between the training sessions?
Session 1: Orientation to Bb. Introduction to the interface and navigation. A few course design tips.
Session 2: Presenting Dynamic Content: Topics such as course organization, content editor, accessibility, folders, learning modules and lesson plans.
Session 3: Grade Center training - how to customize and optimize the Grade Center for you and your students.
What is the difference between Groups 1 and 2?
Group 1: All faculty members who taught in Summer 2017 and/or will teach in Summer 2018.
Group 2: Everyone else.
Blackboard Implementation Team
Campus Project Manager
Misti Wuori, Director of Extended Learning, firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Project Leads
Chris Gonnella, Instructional Designer, email@example.com
Alissa Perkins, Distance Programs Support Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Governance and Technical Committees
Craig Keating, Information Systems Specialist. email@example.com
Dr. Keith Stenehjem, Vice President Academic Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org