On March 9, 2018, all Fall 2016, Winter 2017 and Saturday 2017 Blackboard courses will be removed from active status on Blackboard. Instructors, as well as students, will no longer have access to them after this date. However, backups were created of the course content for these courses, so course content can always be brought back with a quick call to FCLD should the need arise.
Keeping all Blackboard courses active indefinitely can impact Blackboard’s performance. University guidelines for Blackboard state that instructors are granted access to one full year’s set of all their Blackboard courses. Course sites older than one year which are no longer used by instructors will be deactivated and removed from Blackboard approximately one year after the term in which they were used has ended.
Grades and other student-related data are not preserved in the backups so faculty should plan to print out or export any grades recorded in Blackboard’s Online Gradebook prior to March 9. To download grades from Blackboard, go to Control Center -> Full Grade Center -> Work Offline -> Download. Instructors who would like permanent records of online discussions (forums), blogs, wikis, journals, or submitted assignments should plan to print these out or download them to their computers. If there is a reason for keeping a course active on Blackboard past this date (e.g., accreditation, a student with an incomplete or a continuing online discussion), please let FCLD know immediately.