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Blackboard Vista files should be moved as shutdown date approaches

With Blackboard Vista scheduled to be discontinued at the end of this year, faculty members who still need to retrieve course content or student data from the old course management system should do so as soon as possible. ITaP educational technologists are available to help with the process.

Vista is becoming increasingly unstable due to end-of-life software and hardware issues and is no longer supported by vendors. All course content and material in Vista on all of Purdue’s campuses will no longer be accessible with the Dec. 31 shutdown.

Since all courses and new content are being created in Blackboard Learn, backups in Vista have not been made since July 1, 2013. Any changes made in Vista since that date have not been captured in a backup and would not be recoverable should Vista unexpectedly go down.

Faculty members who have content on Vista that they want to keep should download their files. Step-by-step instructions for downloading content or student data from Vista are available on this Web page: http://www.itap.purdue.edu/training/materials/list.cfm?TopicID=271.

Instructors who would like assistance downloading files from Vista are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an ITaP educational technologist before Nov. 27. Call 765-496-3257 or send an email to tlt-consulting@purdue.edu to schedule an office visit.

Questions or concerns regarding the Vista shutdown can be emailed to itap@purdue.edu.

Writer: Jonathan Hines, technology writer, ITaP, 765-496-7998, hines18@purdue.edu

Sources: Donalee Attardo, director of ITaP’s Instructional Development Center, 765-494-2696, dattardo@purdue.edu

Last updated: Oct. 21, 2013