Blackboard OPUS Integration Going Live in May

May 6, 2011

The Blackboard OPUS team is nearing completion of a year-long project to integrate aspects of the Blackboard Learning Management System with course and enrollment data from PeopleSoft OPUS.

Beginning May 9, 2011, all OPUS courses will feed into Blackboard (Bb) automatically and appear in Blackboard as created course shells. Summer courses will appear in Blackboard on May 9 and Fall courses populate on June 1st. Semester course shells will continue to auto-populate, with student enrollments included in this process.

The link between OPUS and Blackboard will be constant and near real time, meaning that changes to OPUS courses and enrollments are reflected in Blackboard almost instantly. Faculty no longer have to request creation of courses or student enrollment, except in the cases where they would like to develop content more than one semester in advance of when a course is offered.

A new tab in Blackboard, called the Extended Control Panel (XCP), will allow faculty to combine course sections, request an iTunes U site or request a development site. Future development includes the addition of features to allow faculty to un-combine and delete courses themselves. UTS Business Systems and Integration teams developed this tool over the past year. UTS Faculty Services begins offering training on the new XCP tool soon in Emory's Center for Interactive Teaching (ECIT).

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