The questions and answers on this page address some of the details of the Brightspace implementation. If you are looking for information about how to use Brightspace, please see the “Help Documents” page on the course menu.
How do I learn how to use Brightspace?
The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) offers flexible options for learning Brightspace. Visit the Training web page for a list of current sessions and to access recordings of previous sessions. If you prefer to learn on your own, CTL is curating resources from other institutions, developing a self-paced demonstration course, and developing other text and video how-to guides. Starting in January 2023, CTL will host a variety of workshops, including sessions that will have smaller enrollment and will move at a slower pace.
Can I start exploring Brightspace now?
You can request a practice space, or sandbox, by completing the form found on this page. This is a practice space only and cannot be used to deliver courses once Brightspace is launched for students.
Moving from Blackboard to Brightspace
When and how will my Blackboard courses be moved to Brightspace?
Courses will automatically be moved into Brightspace in phases:
- Fall 2022 courses will be moved automatically starting December 19, 2022. This work is still in process, we will contact all Fall 22 instructors when spaces are available.
- Summer 2022 courses will be moved automatically starting January 31, 2023.
- Spring 2023 courses will be moved automatically starting February 28, 2023.
- Fall 2021 will be moved automatically starting April 15, 2023.
- Spring 2023 courses will be moved automatically starting May 31, 2023.
- We will update this FAQ when the dates for other semesters have been confirmed.
Is there anything I should do to my Blackboard courses before they are moved?
The migration process moves all your content, but not student work or grades, from Blackboard to Brightspace. While Blackboard courses that include student grades will be archived at the systems level, if you use the Blackboard gradebook, download that for easy access and for your records.
If you have material in Blackboard courses that you know you won’t need in the future (e.g. very old readings, or duplicate folders), you can declutter your courses now so that you have a cleaner Brightspace in the future.
Large video files (or dozen of smaller files) can be problematic in the migration process. Consider moving your files to UVM Streaming and removing them from your Blackboard course prior to migration. You can also store files (including video) to OneDrive.
What will I see in Brightspace after the migration is complete?
- For every course moved from Blackboard, you will have a converted Brightspace course holding migrated content.
- You will have a sandbox space you can use to layout your course design and create content.
- After the Registrar’s Schedule of Courses is complete for the given term, you will see the “live” course space that will contain student enrollments.
What are my options for preparing my Brightspace course?
- You can edit your converted Brightspace course (the course migrated from Blackboard).
- You can build a Brightspace course from scratch. Using your sandbox space, you can copy specific course elements from your converted space and/or add new content. Some faculty may find this easier than editing the converted course.
- Since you will likely be building your course prior to the creation of the “live” course (associated with the Schedule of Courses), you will have to copy your course one more time into the “live” course. This extra course copy will only be necessary during this phased migration.
Will I have help after my course has been migrated?
Yes! CTL will have resources to guide you, as you check your migrated course space. These resources include how-to documentation, check lists, videos, and consultations.