Hello Brightspace, Goodbye BlackBoard
New Paltz faculty and staff who use BlackBoard should prepare for its replacement this year. The timeline is still being finalized, but OIT is expecting a summer pilot ahead of implementation.
There is no need to take immediate action, but it never hurts to be ready! Here are three things you can do now ahead of our switch to a new DLE:
- Take Brightspace for a test drive. SUNY has created a Brightspace “sandbox” that faculty and staff can use to explore its core functions. You can use this link to get started. First-time users will need to register with their campus email addresses.
- Have questions? Let us know! OIT has set up a form where you can share thoughts and questions about this upcoming change. Your input will help as we work on a Brightspace information hub with FAQs, a training schedule and other support resources. Please click here to send us your Brightspace questions.
- Stay tuned for future updates. With everything going on this spring, we understand it will be a challenge for faculty and staff to gain skills with a new Digital Learning Environment. The Office of Instructional Technology will be providing regular updates via email, and there will be opportunities for training and Q&As as well, so please lookout for more soon.