MiBUG Conference Session

Eight institutions were present at the Michigan Blackboard Users Group session. The big discussions were on whether we should keep two conferences – a Fall and Spring – and finding a new group leader. Additionally, there was talk about having a virtual conference for the Fall.

Current versions at institutions

 

  • Central Michigan University is on 9.1 SP 6, and have vetted SP8, however, with SP9 out now – some preliminary testing has been done and CMU are going to 9.1 SP 9 for the Fall.
  • Grand Rapids Community College is piloting SP 8 this summer as well with plans to upgrade to SP8 for the Fall semester. GRCC is also in a field trial of the new VTBE and are hoping to have that included in the upgrade for the Fall.
  • Baker College is on 9.1 SP 6 and
  • Kettering University is on 9.1 SP 5, with plans to go to SP 8 in January or later due to other changes at the institution.
  • Schoolcraft College is still using Blackboard 8 and will be doing a slow roll out to 9.1 SP 1 for the Fall.
  • Washtenaw Community College is on SP 8 and testing SP 9. The testing is going very well.
  • Michigan Virtual University is on 9.1 SP 6 and testing SP 8 to go live most likely to a new version in December.
  • Ferris is on Blackboard 9.1 SP 8 and bringing it back in house for Fall. All CE/Vista boxes will be shut off for Fall.

Biggest Tip

  • The biggest advice for users with custom themes is to go with the default theme and make customizations to that theme.
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About Meegan
Meegan has over ten years experience working in higher education. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from Western Michigan University and a Master of Education with an emphasis on Instructional Technology from American InterContinental University Online. She is currently the Instructional Technologist/Designer at Grand Rapids Community College where her main focus is helping faculty to develop and deliver quality online and hybrid courses.

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