New WVU eCampus to Debut in 2014


WVU is in the process of transitioning to Blackboard Learn, the next generation of Blackboard’s learning management system (LMS). This new and improved system provides many additional features that can be used to enhance the teaching and learning experiences of faculty and students. This transition is necessary because the current LMS will no longer be supported by Blackboard.


There was a small pilot during the Summer term and a larger pilot during this Fall term. The Summer pilot was a success, and we received great feedback from students and faculty. Take a look at the videos at https://ecampus.wvu.edu/more-videos.


Timeline


All WVU courses will be delivered via new eCampus in January 2014.


What Does This Mean for Faculty ---


  • All courses will need to be rebuilt in the new WVU eCampus as migration from one system to the other isn’t available.
  • We strongly encourage you to participate in new WVU eCampus (Learn) training. Training is available in a face-to-face setting and online via webinars. You can register for training at oit.wvu.edu/training/schedule/#ecampus.
  • Request your new eCampus development shell at ers.wvu.edu
    • Select Learn 9 Users Only (top right corner)
    • Select new Development Shell (Left bottom corner of the screen)
    • Enter your course information and submit
    • Be sure to select add enrollment, enter your information and select instructor access. You will receive an e-mail once your course shell has been created.
    • You will access your new WVU eCampus development shell at ecampus.wvu.edu. The login button is on the left side of the page.
  • Spring 2014 course shells will be available in mid-November.
  • Blackboard Collaborate will replace Wimba Classroom. You can find information on Bb Collaborate at ecampus.wvu.edu/newecampus/resources.
  • Your eCampus Point of Contact can provide faculty assistance.

Benefits


The new WVU eCampus provides WVU faculty and students with many requested features as well as some new features. Assignments, assessments, grading, reporting, and communications will continue to be available. Newer features include:


  • Early Warning System - recognize when a student is having a performance problem
  • Performance Dashboard - shows students enrolled, their progress and activity
  • Mashups - add content from an external web site
  • Drag and Drop - easily move and arrange items
  • Course Calendar - course items with due dates are automatically added to the calendar
  • Grade Center - tracks and analyzes performance
  • Content Editor - a much improved WYSIWYG editor for adding digital content

The fourteen additional e-learning tools (e.g. Turnitin, Respondus, iclicker integration) will continue to be available and new tools will be added in the future.


For more information, go to ecampus.wvu.edu