What is Brightspace?
Blackboard and Brightspace are both “Learning Management Systems” (LMS). They are tools for teaching courses online, or augmenting face-to-face instruction. In 2019, the University of Maine System started a competitive bidding process for a new LMS. After receiving and vetting a number of bids from LMS companies, and soliciting extensive feedback from the campus community, D2L’s Brightspace LMS was selected.
When will Brightspace replace Blackboard?
Fall 2020 will be the first semester all courses run on Brightspace. Blackboard will not be available at that point, but a full backup will be done of all courses and organizations before that time. To stay informed on the latest developments, join the USM Brightspace email list.
Don’t wait until Summer. Your future-self will thank you!
IT is moving courses to Brightspace automatically. That’s the easy part. But there is usually a lot of cleanup that has to be done once a course has been moved over. Instead of spending hours fiddling, fill out the Course Conversion Cleanup Form and let CTEL do the work of getting your converted course fixed up for Fall! After entering your Fall 2020 courses into the form, we’ll contact you to let you know when we’ve started and finished. We’ll look things over using a checklist specifically created for courses that were converted from Blackboard, provide you with a list of the work to be done, and then you can choose between having us do the cleanup, or walk you through doing it yourself. We begin processing requests in the order they were submitted starting in April.
Where can I learn more about Brightspace?
What about Training?
Below are the training options we currently have available. We are currently relying heavily on the resources D2L offers, but CTEL is developing USM-specific training and support resources that will begin appearing in May 2020.