Friday, April 3, 2009

 Faculty and Staff,

UNC must renew the Blackboard contract no later than June 30, 2009. Conversations, currently taking place with Blackboard, indicate a substantial fee increase. The increase is primarily due to the upsurge of disk space. While the additional disk space may be due to richer content (video files, etc.) and a higher adoption rate of Blackboard, it is also believed that there are many Blackboard courses on the system that are no longer needed or in use. 

Instructors can help limit the increased fees, imposed by Blackboard, by archiving (electronically saving your course to another university maintained system such as Beardrive or storage media (DVD or CD, etc.)). For your convenience, IT has created instructions on how to archive a course, please visit SupportU. Remember, archived courses can easily be retrieved should you need access to this material in the future. We thank you for your cooperation.

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