In the 2021-2022 academic year, DoIT shifted to a more routine, annual basis of retiring older Blackboard course shells. 

Course retirement is when shells are moved from UMBC's production instance of Blackboard to an intermediate storage location for the purpose of auditing, accreditation, and record keeping. Retiring courses is necessary to ensure that our production site is operating at peak performance by simplifying data and data structures. 

Courses that will be retained on our production instance include:

  • The current/upcoming academic year
  • The last three (3) historical academic years

For example, during the 2023-2024 academic year, the following terms are available to faculty:

  • AY2023-2024
  • AY2022-2023
  • AY2021-2022
  • AY2020-2021

Courses that will be retired on an annual basis include:

  • Any course shell older than four (4) academic years 

For example, at the beginning of the 2024-2025 academic year, the following terms will be retired:

  • AY2020-2021
  • Any course shell still on the system before Fall 2021

April / MayFaculty are reminded of the course retirement process
June / JulyDoIT staff work with Blackboard to properly archive and retire courses
August / SeptemberCourses are successfully retired and off-loaded from production

Before courses are retired, faculty can export their Blackboard course shells to be later imported back into Blackboard.

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