Blackboard

Blackboard Is Being Replaced by Canvas

On April 24, 2015 the Task Force for Learning Management System (LMS) Evaluation voted in favor of a recommendation to switch from Blackboard, our current LMS, to Canvas. Based on this recommendation, the Offices of Academic Affairs and Information Technology (which had jointly charged this task force), have decided that St. Edward's University should transition from the Blackboard Learning Management System to Canvas beginning in Summer 2015 with all courses migrated by Summer 2016. The full recommendation report, which details criteria and data, is available online: Final LMS task force recommendation

Blackboard Availability

Courses will only be available in Blackboard through the end of the Spring 2016 semester.  Faculty should export course materials they might need in the future by saving them in Box which is the university's file storage application.  Blackboard will remain available as a read-only resource for grade challenges and export of materials through Spring 2017.

Canvas Migration

All classes and enrollments for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 are loaded in Canvas as well as in Blackboard.  Training is available for Canvas in multiple formats including an online class, workshops and one-on-one appointments.  You can log into Canvas by going to https://stedwards.instructure.com.

Using Blackboard

  • All courses and enrollments are automatically loaded into Blackboard. Courses for the upcoming semester are loaded into Blackboard 45 days prior to the first class day.
  • All courses are made available to students by the instructor.  Students can only access classes the instructor has made available to them.

The current version of Blackboard is Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 11.   Faculty and students can log in to Blackboard at http://blackboard.stedwards.edu.

Faculty Blackboard Resources

  1. Assistance adding TA's, additional instructors or merging course sections is available from the Faculty Resource Center (call 464-8804 or email instcom@stedwards.edu)
  2. One-on-one assistance for any topic including Blackboard, Turnitin, Grade Center, etc.