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The Next Wave of Blackboard Almost Here

Beginning this fall, the online learning management system at CNM, Blackboard, will be migrating to a new version -- Blackboard Learn. The upgrade includes more user-friendly features and community-building tools for online students.

Sep 01, 2016

August 2011

Beginning this fall, the online learning management system at CNM, Blackboard, will be migrating to a new version -- Blackboard Learn. The upgrade includes more user-friendly features and community-building tools for online students.

"The new Blackboard Learn has many of the features that the 21st century learners are used to having," said Audrey Gramstad, Administrative Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Support. "Students have access to online courses via mobile technology. It also offers instructors the ability to incorporate 21st century technology to positively impact student learning."

She said the new system will even integrate wikis, Blogs and YouTube as instructional tools.

The migration will happen in two phases. Phase one includes all classes offered through the School of Business & Information Technologies; the School of Math, Science & Engineering; and the School of Adult & General Education. All students taking the CNM financial literacy class, Making Money Work, will be working in the upgraded version of Blackboard this fall.

Phase two will take place in the 2012 spring term and the remaining schools: Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences; Applied Technologies; and Health, Wellness & Public Safety will move to the upgraded system.

"Because of the way we are rolling out the system with three schools in fall: SAGE, MSE and BIT, some students may be taking courses on two separate Blackboard platforms," said Gramstad.

For example, if a student is taking a Psychology course in CHSS and a Biology course in MSE, they will be using both Blackboard systems. If a student's courses are being offered in the new Blackboard Learn system, they will be given a redirect notice when they log into the Blackboard CE platform, which will take them to the correct Blackboard platform the course is being offered in. Students should use the same login credentials, myCNM username and password, for both systems.

Gramstad said that if students and faculty are new to Blackboard or are having trouble with the change, they need not fear. For students, Distance Learning staff will be holding drop-in labs at all CNM campuses during the first two weeks of the fall term.

For faculty, many workshops will be held before the start of the fall term. Some workshops are geared toward faculty in BIT, SAGE and MSE who will experience the change first. Other workshops are geared toward CHSS, AT and HWPS faculty who will experience the change later.

To find out about workshops and walk-in help, visit the CNM Events Calendar. You can find out more about the new Blackboard System at http://www.cnm.edu/depts/dl/