Bye Bye Blackboard

Posted: October 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

GippsTAFE is leaving behind the TAFE VC Blackboard and moving to a new Learning Management System (LMS).

This new online space will be known as GippsTAFEOnline and will be powered by moodle.

Such a change raises questions for everyone involved and here I will try to answer the most obvious ones (FAQs).
Why change in the first place?Well sometimes we choose to change and at other times we have change thrust upon us. The move to Moodle is of the latter variety. Blackboard will no longer be supported after June 2012 and so as an institute we have had no choice but to seek an alternative to the current system.
Why Moodle?
Moodle is the LMS of choice of some of our largest educational providers (including Latrobe Uni, Monash, Homesglen TAFE and many others). In total over 2.1 million teachers use moodle worldwide. Over many years it has been continuously developed to a stable and highly functional platform.
Why now; hasn’t moodle been around for some time?
moodle has been around for many years but only six months ago it was updated from the original moodle to moodle 2.0. This change has brought with it a great increase in functionality, speed and stability.
Will this mean that all the content that I have developed in Blackboard will now be lost?
No, most Blackboard content will be moved across (migrated) to the new LMS.
When will that happen?
The moodle migration will happen in December at the end of the current term.
Will I need to do anything in the migration process?
No, the migration process will be carried out automatically on your behalf.
Is there anything in Blackboard that will not migrate?
Yes, the following will NOT come across to moodle from Blackboard: Student details (names, grades, assignment submissions etc.), and selective release conditions.
Will I need to do anything after the migration?
You will need to go in and have a look at the way in which your course has arrived. Some formatting will have changed because  moodle displays content differently to Blackboard.
Will I need training? If you haven’t used moodle before you will benefit from training to bring you up to speed in moodle knowledge and skills. This will also be a good time for those that have never supported or enriched their teaching with online content and activities to get up and running.
How will training be provided?
The Innovation Department is offering a series of workshops to support staff as the move takes place.
There are two workshops available – Workshop 1(Introduction to Moodle) and Workshop 2 (Build Your Moodle Course) you are welcome to register for just one or both workshops.

Please see the attached flyer for session times and further information. To register is a simple email or phone call advising us of your choice of session to the following:

• Alison Taylor alisont@gippstafe.edu.au
• Shona Hoggard shonah@gippstafe.edu.au
• Phone: 5120 4548

Sing the following to the tune of Bye Bye Blackbird ….just to get you in the mood:

Pack up all my quizzes and woes
here i go singin’ low
bye bye Blackboard

Where my moodle waits for me
with lots of function-ality
bye bye Blackboard

No one here can navigate or find me
oh, what difficul-ties they all hand me

Make my resources and activities fine and bright
i’ll be working on my LMS late tonight
Blackboard, bye bye

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Comments
  1. Lynn Huguenin says:

    This is an exciting time for us here at GippsTAFE. I am looking forward to the new opportunities that the change to Moodle will bring for our teachers and students.

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