Has anyone gone with the course-by-course migration method , instead of full DB, and regretted it? Did you more data/content lose than you expected, or too much?
Whitworth moved to SaaS in January. I am the only Blackboard admin, trainer, and end user support. We did a course by course. Communication with faculty and program assistants was key. Your decision may be based on size and situation.
I am very glad we did it this way. It cleaned up users and courses for us. We batch archived all courses on our old system and then gave Blackboard the files from our Fall 2015-Summer 2017 courses to import. All of the faculty know I can import any older courses as needed which very few have asked for thus far. It really cleaned up our system. We had little down time and a lot less confusion than I thought we would. The hardest parts were the new URL and was the SafeAssign migration and it was just timing and the third party B2s because we had keys that needed to be transferred and could not be used at the same time. We finished up Fall semester on our old system and started our January Term (we have Fall, Jan, Spring and Summer) on SaaS. We archived Fall term courses as soon as grades were verified by the registrar. Our web team and SharePoint team put up two links to Blackboard, one old and one new. The first week of January, Blackboard imported the Fall 2017 courses and on Jan 15th and took down links to the old system, "hiding" the old server. I could still get to it until March, giving me a month into Spring semester.
It helped a lot that I had Christmas break to import any old course data to the Jan and Spring courses and that Jan term is an usual term; many of our students are off-campus for study programs or are only taking one course for four hours a day and a PE. Most of the courses fulfill general ed credits but are unusual courses, not taught during any other semester such as US Foreign Policy in Film or Chemistry in Art.
Let me know if you want any more information.
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