This summer MassArt begins moving all online courses to Moodle 2.0 (also called joule) hosted by MoodleRooms. Blackboard courses will be converted, and re-organized, to the new platform and existing Moodle courses will be upgraded to the new version. The new version of Moodle includes some new features including a new text editor, an enhanced filepicker system, a rubrics builder and a custom course designer that allows instructors to create detailed conditional access for their course content.
There will be workshops and support available this fall to get instructors and students up to date.
Previous users of Moodle at Massartonline.org will all have new accounts tied into their NetIDs and will enrolled automatically into courses. Blackboard users will log into the new site to find additional courses. Older Blackboard courses will not be available after Dec 31, 2011.
Instructors who wish to present their fall courses in Blackboard should know that the primary support will be for the Moodle as Blackboard is being phased-out this semester. Please let your students know which platform they should log-into to find your active course.
More information will be announced soon.