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IPFW to Migrate to Blackboard for Hosting Blackboard Learn

IPFW will soon have our own hosted Blackboard Learn 9.1 environment.

IT Services, CELT, and faculty have been anticipating moving to the next generation of Blackboard, Blackboard Learn 9.1.

Faculty will be reconstructing their courses in the new environment which will make many course management tasks easier for faculty and students. Blackboard Learn adds a community driven experience allowing social media and access via mobile devices.

With the upgrade, IPFW's Blackboard environment will no longer be hosted and managed at Purdue. The learning environment will be hosted by Blackboard and IPFW will have a dedicated support group at Blackboard.


As many of you know, IT Services was authorized to begin discussions with Blackboard for an learning environment that would be directly hosted by Blackboard and with links to IPFW users via the Web. These discussions included Dr. Bill McKinney (VCAA), Walt Branson (VCFA), Bob Kostrubanic (CIO), Joseph McCormick (IT Services) and Samantha Birk (CELT). A proposal was presented to ACITAS and ITPC which received overwhelming support in favor of moving IPFW to our own hosted solution.


Initial plans are for the new application to be a pilot during the fall semester, with full conversion to the new application in the spring semester. Approval has been received by the VCFA office to engage Blackboard and get both a contract signed and a project management team assembled.


IT Services will manage the setup and implementation of the hosted environment, with close support from CELT and faculty members. Workshops in Blackboard Learn will offered by IT Services Training.

Announcements about this project, progress reports, and training will be sent via brief updates to our existing Blackboard email listserv (elearning-l). If you would like to be added to that listserv simply email Scott Vitz (IT Services)

If you have questions you are welcome to contact Joseph McCormick (IT Services),