Matchmaking Your SIS and Blackboard Learn: How an Override Database Binds These Two Happily Together

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With Northern Arizona University's student information system (SIS) set up to automatically create classes in Blackboard Learn and add faculty, TAs, and students to those classes, it gets tricky when exceptions to normal university business rules occur. Is there a way to make your SIS the authoritative source on class enrollment, yet also allow overrides in Learn? Northern Arizona University has found a way to integrate all those exceptions (adding guests or class builders, students accessing a class to finish an incomplete, changing class availability dates) with our intermediary Override Database (ORDB). The ORDB allows us to use special administrative tools to enroll participants, track various activities, and edit class information without having to do anything in our SIS. Join us as we discuss the benefits of using a system like this at your institution. We will also demonstrate some of the web-based tools that allow us to make changes quickly and easily.



-Anna Corbett, End-User Computing Specialist (Northern Arizona University)

-Erin Shelley, Faculty Support Manager (Northern Arizona University)