Blackboard is being replaced by Scholar and will no longer be available for course use after August 16, 2010. Learning Technologies offers workshops and other transition resources to assist instructional faculty and graduate assistants with the transition throughout the spring and summer. A complete list of workshops, as well as registration, can be found at www.fdi.vt.edu. Up-to-date information regarding the transition, as well as access to a Blackboard-to -Scholar "Course Copy Tool," can be found at http://learn.vt.edu/transition/. Online Course Systems personnel within Learning Technologies assist with transitioning large sets of question pools for online tests and quizzes (http://4help.vt.edu). As of February 1, 2010, approximately 28 percent of Virginia Tech’s teaching faculty and GTAs were still using Blackboard, while the larger proportion are using Scholar. Scholar is the Virginia Tech version of Sakai, an open-source collaborative learning environment (www.sakaiproject.org).
February 4, 2010