Fishersnet Blackboard and Moodle Users


Fishersnet Blackboard and Moodle Users

A discussion area for users of Blackboard and Moodle for online teaching and learning through The Fishersnet

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Discuss the transition to Blackboard 9.1 9 Replies

Blackboard version 9.1 is now available. How do Fishersnet users view a transition - yes/no, when, etc.?

Started by John Kahler. Last reply by Greg Kaufmann Jun 17, 2010.

Moodle Upgrade

Greetings Moodle users.The Fisher's Net currently is running Moodle 1.6. Since our Moodle clients have found that platform to be stable and workable, we have not upgraded to Moodle 1.9. Moodle 2.0 is…Continue

Started by Greg Kaufmann Apr 29, 2010.

Backend Registration Software 1 Reply

One area that we can learn from each other is that of the different backend software packages such as Empower. How do they work with Blackboard or Moodle? What has been your experience as you had to…Continue

Tags: Registration Software, Moodle, Blackboard

Started by Greg Kaufmann. Last reply by Greg Kaufmann Apr 29, 2010.

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Comment by Greg Kaufmann on July 15, 2010 at 6:43am
On July 9, Blackboard experienced a significant problem during their regular maintenance window that shut down VA2, but spared VA3 after just 30 minutes of downtime beyond the announced window. Reminds me of last August!
Comment by Sebastian Mahfood on July 15, 2010 at 5:57am
Interestingly, their document is dated July 12, so it took them 9 times longer to put out a notice about this than it did for Ted Kennedy to call the cops at Chappaquiddick.
Comment by Greg Kaufmann on July 14, 2010 at 11:51pm
John, you've summarized quickly what I was wondering about. Seems they are so busy buying companies that they haven't had time to get around to some of the basics yet. Midnight here, so time to call it a day. Later where you are!
Comment by John Kahler on July 14, 2010 at 11:14pm
Yikes, another "something went wrong but we don't know why and don't know why we couldn't get things back up and still don't have a plan to get notification working." I may be a little off-the-wall, but folks I know who do this stuff have email on other systems (let's see, I have personal accounts on gmail, hotmail, yahoo,, and keep important contacts ready in those systems so if there's a problem I can get in touch with folks I need to reach. Only time this wasn't really functional was when the entire Net was overwhelmed on 9/11. There can't be that many critical contacts they have that they don't have an alternate system in place. On a purely side note, the CollegeAnywhere consortium I represent LTSP on is moving all its services (which are growing nicely) to Amazon's S3 cloud, which is amazing on its redundancy, capability and cost. Maybe Blackboard should get out of the hosting hardware business and go with a more capable vendor...
Comment by Greg Kaufmann on July 13, 2010 at 12:03pm
With all the conversation about the cloud, I thought a map might be helpful. Here is a link to a social networking map. Probably a lot of others out there, but this one caught my eye.
Thought you all might find these two links interesting...
Comment by Greg Kaufmann on July 10, 2010 at 8:29am
I totally agree, which is why I was very pleased to learn of this Ning site and thankful for the invitation to participate, along with other Fisher's Net institutions IT folks. Going it alone never did/does make any sense. Community is our strong suit, both as people of faith and as educators!
Comment by Sebastian Mahfood on July 9, 2010 at 5:49am
When you find you're too old to keep up, Greg, start developing a network of persons who can do it for you. That's what TTEG is, after all. If everyone does a small task, synergy takes over. In this way, we re-energized ourselves and make it fun in a different way.
Comment by Greg Kaufmann on July 8, 2010 at 11:03pm
Thanks mgvh for posting the links. Like John, I read through the 12 comments and found them interesting and predictable. I also will be very interested in what the cost of including these features to our Blackboard Learn license will end up being. As one who uses Blackboard in my own Lay School of Ministry in our synod, there is always the interesting dance of the cost benefit ratio... as you mentioned John, keeping up with technology is fun, but as I've aged and the pace of change has increased, it seems to be a bit less fun then it did a decade ago...
Comment by John Kahler on July 8, 2010 at 7:35pm
Thanks mgvh, I think the comments to the first link you provided are also insightful. I have concerns about Blackboard dominating the universe, their #1 responsibility is maximizing shareholder value, and they've shown their need to buy up competitors more to remove competition (Promethius was a way superior product IMHO when they were taken over and many of the features never made it to Blackboard I considered superior) - and their response at the time of the meltdown Fishersnet experienced with version 9 was not reassuring ("we've discovered we're not running the right version of Oracle on the servers" = "I'm sorry, I didn't realize the gasoline engine I installed in your car wouldn't run on diesel fuel"). They seem to have taken steps to fix the problem, but they announced them a good 9 months after the problems. Pricing, we'll see. With the cost of the cloud coming down to pennies a user a month, hosting is a commodity so the value equation changes. To us the real major cost of moving to different platforms is the resources invested in developing for and supporting users in making the current platform relatively transparent, and Blackboard knows this. The more they add the more difficult to exit and the cost of staying vs cost of moving becomes more challenging. Keeping up with technology is so much fun...
Comment by mgvh on July 8, 2010 at 6:38pm
Here are a couple of responses to the acquisition of Elluminate and Wimba by BB that I think are perceptive and accurate.
Personally, I had been trying DimDim to accomplish what BB could not do for me in terms of synchronous stuff. Adding Eluminate and Wimba make good sense to me. I just hope they don't price us out of range...

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