Find answers to whether build new or migrate content in Brightspace

Faculty and staff who use Blackboard Learn for teaching, grading or instruction are encouraged to begin preparing for the transition to the new D2L Brightspace learning management system.

Brightspace will be the only learning management system in use on the West Lafayette and Fort Wayne campuses starting in fall 2020. Purdue Northwest will fully implement Brightspace by fall 2021.

Due to the volume of content being moved, the number of instructors involved and the significant difference between the two systems, all are encouraged to begin the transition now rather waiting until crunch time at the start of the new semester.

The following information is primarily for the West Lafayette campus. To learn more about getting started with Brightspace at Purdue Northwest or Purdue Fort Wayne, visit www.purdue.edu/learning-management and click on the appropriate campus.

Getting started with Brightspace – migrate content or build new?

To get started creating courses in Brightspace, instructors have two options: Build new course materials or request that their content be migrated from Blackboard Learn to Brightspace.

Building new content

To build content from scratch, instructors should request a course development shell by filling out this survey.

Instructors will then be able to log into purdue.brightspace.com and begin building their courses in a blank development shell. Live courses with student enrollments will be loaded for summer courses on February 28 and for fall courses on March 30. Courses built in development shells can then be copied into live courses.

Migrating content from Blackboard to Brightspace

To migrate content from Blackboard courses to Brightspace, instructors should start by following the instructions available here, which have instructors go into Blackboard to request the transfer of content.

Each course request will move course materials (but no student data or information) from Blackboard into a developmental shell within Brightspace. Instructors will then be able to log into purdue.brightspace.com and begin building their courses within the development shell. Live courses with student enrollments will be loaded for summer courses on February 28 and for fall courses on March 30. Courses built in development shells can then be copied into live courses.

Instructors who migrate content to Brightspace should examine their content within the new system, as some content – like embedded links to outside materials – may not transfer properly.

Brightspace is default system for summer; Blackboard users must opt-out

Summer courses on the West Lafayette campus will use Brightspace as their default learning management system. Summer course instructors can prepare to use the new system by creating course content, or migrating content from Blackboard, in Brightspace now.

Summer course shells will be loaded into Brightspace on Feb. 28. Instructors are encouraged to build their courses in a development shell before copying the information into the actual course shell.

Courses that are unable to use Brightspace for the summer session can request to continue using Blackboard Learn by completing the opt-out form found here.

Getting help beyond course creation and migration

Workshops and Open Labs

Personalized attention and a chance to ask questions and receive feedback are available during the weekly Brightspace Open Labs, held noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in Beering Hall, Room B286. Open labs are designed to be drop-in events, but registration is available.

Spend Spring Break with Brightspace

On campus during Spring Break? Use that time to get ahead with Brightspace by attending open labs and workshops designed to help instructors build and navigate their courses. Events are: 

Additional workshops scheduled for March and April can be found by clicking here.

Instructional videos

Don’t have time to attend a workshop or open lab? Get help here with instructional videos and recorded webinars: 

Update on third party tool integration

Work is ongoing to ensure that third party tools – like Hotseat and WebAssign – will be fully function inside of Brightspace.

A webpage has been created to track when third party integrations become available, with the goal of having the tools integrated by the start of the summer term. To learn more visit: https://www.purdue.edu/learning-management/Integrations.php

Campus contacts

To stay up-to-date with implementation plans and to find resources for learning how to use Brightspace, visit www.purdue.edu/learning-management.

Have questions about the Brightspace implementation plan? Contact implementation team members at:

Writer: Dave Stephens, technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue, 765-496-7998, steph103@purdue.edu.

Last updated: February 18, 2020