Blackboard SaaS Migration

College of DuPage will soon be moving from a self-hosted instance of Blackboard to a SaaS (software as a service) instance. While it might sound like a big leap, the upgrade to SaaS itself does not impact the design and functionality of individual courses and may offer a better overall user experience, despite a few days of downtime during set up.  Learn more below.  

 

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The Basics

Self-Hosted vs. SaaS: What’s the Difference?

Currently, COD hosts Blackboard Learn on our own on-campus servers. This is known as being self-hosted. We will be moving to SaaS, or software as a service, hosting. This means that our instance of Blackboard will be hosted on Blackboard’s servers and will be accessed via the cloud. We will migrate all existing content from the past two years from our servers onto Blackboard servers. You will not lose access to any of your information from this time period, it will simply live in a different place. 

Learn More About SaaS Deployment

Head to Blackboard’s website to learn more about SaaS.

WHAT TO EXPECT

SaaS

Migration

Timeline

The timeline will be updated as the migration plan is developed. 

 

 

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Summer to Fall 2021

Migration Planning

During the Fall term, COD will be working with Blackboard to plan the migration.

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Fall 2021

Informational Sessions

LT will be providing information to faculty and staff on the migration process and impacts of SaaS. 

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January 2022

SaaS Migration

The target date for the system to be migrated to the SaaS environment is January 2022. This process usually takes about three days to complete. 

Making the switch

Benefits of Migrating to SaaS

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Less Downtime

Updating Blackboard will no longer require periods of system downtime, allowing important updates to be made without service interruptions. 

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Fewer Bugs

Smaller, more frequent updates to the system allow known issues to be addressed more quickly and efficiently, making for a better user experience.

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Greater Stability

In the SaaS model, system resources are balanced in response to system load, providing greater stability during periods of peak usage.  

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Ultra Upgrade with Ease

Moving to SaaS provides the option to work towards the future implementation of the Blackboard Ultra experience. 

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24/7 Server Management

Blackboard staff manage and monitor server operations around the clock, keeping service interruptions and issues to a minimum. 

What to Expect

 How Will the SaaS Migration Impact Me?

Concerned about how the update will affect you? Here are some common questions and answers.

How will the update impact individual courses? Will I need to rebuild my courses?

Nope!  The upgrade to SaaS itself does not impact the design and functionality of individual courses, though it may offer a better user experience overall. Your courses will remain in the “Original” course view after the migration and you will use the same course content and functions after the migration.

What can I do now to prepare for the Update?

To aid in the migration, you will want to clean up your course(s) and Content Collection. This means removing unused or duplicate files and ensuring that all video content is being delivered from a streaming service, like YuJa. For help with this process, see our blog post Reducing Your Blackboard Course Size.

 

Will any functions not carry over to SaaS?

While there are not any anticipated changes to Blackboard functions or integrations while using Original Course View on SaaS, we will provide additional updates once we have consulted with Blackboard. If there are any issues, we will notify you ahead of time.

 

 

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Learning Technologies

College of DuPage, BIC 3401

Phone: (630) 942-2490

Email: learningtech@cod.edu