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FTAG approves new Blackboard course archiving procedure

Monday, July 30, 2012
Sean O'Malley  

To help conserve limited storage space on the university's Blackboard server, the Faculty Technology Advisory Group (FTAG) has approved a new Course Lifecycle Procedure for archiving older courses.

According to OIT Director of Academic Technologies Eugene Geist, any course that has not been modified since June 30, 2010 will be automatically removed from Blackboard and archived on a secure, offline storage system.  

Instructors who have courses slated for archiving will receive advance notice via e-mail before any action is taken. "If you are still using an older course, you will be able to contact the OIT Service Desk and request that it not be archived," Geist said.

Once a course has been archived, it will no longer be accessible from within Blackboard, but content can still be recovered. To do so, instructors will need to place a work order with the OIT Service Desk to have the archived course restored. This process normally takes 5 to 7 business days. Once restored, an archived course's owner will be able to access it using the standard Blackboard interface.

"We do not anticipate this affecting many people, since the courses marked to be archived have not been used or accessed in over two years," Geist said. "But we want to make every effort to preserve those files that Blackboard users feel are important."

Individuals with questions about the new archiving procedure can contact the Service Desk at 740-593-1222 or online by submitting a request at www.ohio.edu/oitech.


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