Documentation:Connect/Connect Migration FAQs for Instructors

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Why is UBC choosing to implement a new Learning Management System?

Although WebCT Vista has served UBC for many years, it has reached the end of its lifespan. Blackboard, the company that owns the WebCT Vista software, announced that support for the Vista product line ends in January 2013, prompting the need to select and implement a new system for the campus.

In April 2010 the Learning Technology Advisory Council (LTAC) struck a working group to investigate options and to recommend a product to replace WebCT Vista.

In June 2011, the LTAC Working Group released their final report, recommending the adoption of Blackboard Learn as UBC’s next learning management system. In addition, a set of strategy and implementation recommendations were put forward for consideration by LTAC.

In 2012, UBC held a naming contest and Connect was chosen as the new name for UBC’s learning management system.

Who is leading the implementation of the new LMS?

The project is contained within the Student Interaction Transformation Program (SITP), a UBC initiative to transform student learning.

The implementation of Connect is led by the Project Steering Committee, including one representative from each faculty and chaired by Michelle Lamberson, Managing Director of CTLT. The Steering Committee serves as the primary decision making body for the project.

The Project Manager is Lynda Cooper, UBC IT Program Manager.

Members of the Instructional Support Staff Liaison Team are responsible for coordinating the implementation in their faculties.

What is the timeline for the implementation of the new LMS?

In January 2012, a pilot comprising a limited number of courses took place. In May 2012, UBC began to phase in Connect in a phased process taking place over the course of two academic years. UBC Okanagan courses were entirely transitioned to Connect at that time.

For more detailed, Faculty-specific timelines, see your Faculty's migration plan..

Beginning in March 2013, no new courses will be created in WebCT Vista. In June 2014, WebCT Vista courses will be archived and the WebCT Vista platform will no longer be available.

When will UBC sunset WebCT Vista?

Beginning in March 2013, no new courses will be created in WebCT Vista. In June 2014, WebCT Vista courses will be archived and the WebCT Vista platform will no longer be available.

Is there training available for instructors?

Resources are available on the UBC e-Learning website. CTLT also offers a variety of Professional Development opportunities.

For a calendar of available sessions on using Connect, visit UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT) Events page. CTLT provides learning technology workshops and one-on-one assistance for faculty. They also hold a weekly drop-in sessions.

If you're from UBC Okanagan, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

Finally, your Faculty may offer training and resources. For more information please contact your Instructional Support Unit.

How can I migrate content from Vista to Connect?

Connect is being implemented using a phased migration process.

For information regarding your Faculty’s migration plan, please see your Faculty's migration plan. or contact your Instructional Support Unit.

What is my migration process?

See your Faculty's migration plan.