IT ALSO CONTAINS ALL OF YOUR SANDBOXES!!!
You must export your sandbox content immediately and request a .devl sandbox to import your old sandbox content into.
To request a .devl sandbox email me with your sandbox id
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Bb login do not use the request form.
As a reminder Jan Klingberg will be presenting workshops on Ending the Semester and Moving Content in Bb6
Tuesday April 24, 2007 917 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday April 24, 2007 917 02:00 pm – 03:00 pm
Wednesday April 25, 2007 917 08:30 am – 09:30 am
Thursday April 26, 2007 917 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Posted on Discuss
Author: David Carter-Tod
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 11:34 am:
At the end of the Fall 2006 semester we deleted courses from Fall 2005 and before. You can read the relevant thread here:
It is now time to remove all Spring 2006 courses and before. All Spring 2006 (and prior) courses will be removed from the production Blackboard environment on May 7, 2007.
The criteria for removal at this stage is:
1. Course ID ending in "SP06"
2. Or created before January 1, 2006
Per ASAC policy, colleges should also poll faculty to identify other courses on the production blackboard system that are eligible for removal from the production system.
- April 18, 2007 — Courses are identified to Blackboard Administrators (list is attached to this message as an Excel file)
- April 23, 2007 — Title of courses is changed to included "Will delete 7 May 2007" and
courses are made unavailable
- All courses are archived (this is an ongoing standard procedure)
- May 7, 2007 — all flagged courses will be removed from production
- Archived courses are available on ITS servers until May 2008 at http://chat.vccs.edu/vccs-archives/
Blackboard is not designed as a permanent historical archive of course activity. It is a production system for current classes. Keeping old courses, especially those with student data such as test attempts, can have a negative effect on the performance of the system for current courses and
current students. This is why all courses are constantly archived and then eventually removed, so that if they need to be restored for current production purposes they can be, but otherwise they do not adversely impact performance.
Blackboard administrators should review the current course ID standards (in the Blackboard documentation - https://discuss.vccs.edu/scripts/discus/show.cgi?19/3922.html). In addition to the four semesters of current courses, faculty may have one .DEVL space for working on content and other experimentation, and they may, of course, have courses that have IDs for
In that light, the necessary procedure for keeping a course is to copy it to a more current and appropriate ID. This would apply if for some reason the course still had active users. The recommended approach is:
1. Make the original unavailable
2. Do a Copy Course with Users (Exact Copy) to the new course ID format
3. Make the new course available
If the course should really be a DEVL space for a faculty member, i.e. it is being kept for the content, it will significantly benefit the overall performance of the system to copy the course content without users (to clean out assessment and other student data).
If colleges require an exception, for example for an uncopyable cartridge-based course
that students still require access to, please file an IssueTrak ticket including the course id and reason.
Virginia Community College System