Sandbox course development started in Summer 2013 (without CAS or PeopleSoft integration), with 40 courses from a variety of disciplines piloted D2L in Fall 2013. Over 4200 students were in Desire2Learn for one of their Fall2013 courses.
A larger migration is planned for Winter 2014. Full adoption of Desire2Learn will begin with the Spring 2014 semester.
As of Spring 2014, all online- and blended courses will be conducted in Desire2Learn.
Blackboard will be available for use in courses until the end of the Winter 2014 semester.
September–December 2013 (Pilot / First Phase Migration)
40 courses from a variety of disciplines piloted D2L. Over 4200 students were in Desire2Learn for one of their Fall2013 courses.
January–April 2014 (Second Phase)
Migration is the offering of full-scale migration of courses from Blackboard to Desire2Learn and supporting the larger-scale implementation of courses on the Desire2Learn platform. The faculties of Education, Science, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine have their W2013 classes being run in D2L. Other faculties including Haskayne, Kinesiology and Engineering have a few courses in the D2L environment with others remaining in Blackboard.
May 2014 (Final Phase)
Full Desire2Learn implementation will be complete, and Blackboard will no longer be available for use. All credited courses will be in Desire2Learn. All Blackboard courses will be archived.
Please note that there are courses in Blackboard that are NOT credited courses. The project team will be working with the course administrators of these courses during the February/March time frame.