Blackboard Pilot Evaluation (Hosted by PASSHE)

Thank you for your interest in exploring the Blackboard Learning Management System.

The ACPACOnline Learning Subcommittee is working to define and implement an on-line learning model that includes a list of supported technologies and support for those technologies. Working with IT Services, a primary task of the subcommittee is to review and select a new Learning Management System (LMS) for use at IUP.

The duration of this evaluation will run from August 11, 2008 to November 12, 2008; however, the Blackboard pilot system will remain available until December 19, 2008, at which time the system availability will be decommissioned without data archival. Evaluation comments must be received by November 12, 2008.

Blackboard Pilot System Availability August 11, 2008 - December 19, 2008
Blackboard Evaluation Period August 11, 2008 - November 12, 2008
Evaluation Comments Due to OLC November 12, 2008
OLC Review/Recommendation to ACPAC Week of November 17, 2008
Classes End December 8, 2008
Finals December 9, 2008 - December 12, 2008
Final Fall 2008 ACPAC Meeting December 3, 2008
ACPAC Recommendation Due to Provost/CIO December 19, 2008

The Blackboard Pilot System is not a production system and does not receive production-related services such as nightly backup, offline status monitoring and 24/7 availability. This system is for experimental purposes only and may be temporarily taken offline at any time to perform review-related configuration activities. In addition, the Blackboard Pilot System is not hosted at/by IUP. IUP is partnering with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to provide the Blackboard Pilot System service.

Please note, WebCT 4.x is currently in production as the Learning Management System (LMS) at IUP. Vendor support for WebCT 4.x will end on June 30, 2010. IT Services will continue to provide support for both WebCT 4.x and the new (to-be-determined) Learning Management System during the 2009-2010 transition. Areas that are currently developing materials within WebCT 4.x should continue to do so.

Blackboard Pilot Resources

Blackboard-Related Resources