Blackboard: Blackboard Archive Mode


What is “Archive Mode”?

In Archive Mode, the Blackboard environment is available to students, faculty and staff of Princeton University.  However, during this time, users may not actively teach courses using Blackboard or add new content to the system.

The purpose of this extended availability is to ensure that students, faculty and staff have ample opportunity to retrieve any items they may have uploaded to the Blackboard environment before it is decommissioned.

With Blackboard in Archive mode users CAN:

With Blackboard in Archive mode, users CANNOT:

What is available when Blackboard is in Archive Mode?

Blackboard contains seven (7) years' worth of courses and content.  This content will remain on the system until the Blackboard contract expires and the archive mode ends on June 30, 2024.   

Content created and stored in external tools that are integrated with Blackboard (e.g., Zoom, Gradescope, and Kaltura) will be available from the vendors' systems, but links to the resources will be unavailable within Blackboard.  If you require assistance retrieving content from external tools, please contact blackboard@princeton.edu for assistance. 

Note: OIT will retain backups of both course site archives (files that contain both course content and student submissions) and exports (files that contain only course content) for all Blackboard course sites from 2014 through 2021, along with archive versions of all Blackboard course sites prior to 2014. 

What is NOT available when Blackboard is in Archive Mode?

Upon entering Archive Mode, several components of the Blackboard environment were made unavailable.  In Archive Mode, the only tabs available are Courses and Help.  The remaining tabs (My Blackboard, Organizations, Notifications, Library, and Students w/ Disabilities) were deactivated.  

In addition to the aforementioned restrictions, several other elements of the Blackboard environment were disabled upon its entry into archive mode.   The complete list of unavailable components/tools is below.

How will Blackboard's Archive Mode impact performance?

In Archive Mode, Blackboard runs on a limited number of nodes, and can accommodate roughly 75 users at once.  Consequently, Blackboard does not provide the same speed and responsiveness one would expect from a production environment. 

If you are attempting to access content on Blackboard and discover the system is performing poorly, please exercise patience and either wait for the system to process your request or attempt to access the content at a later time. 

If there is an urgent need to access content on Blackboard and you encounter major performance issues, please contact blackboard@princeton.edu for assistance. 

 

How do I access Blackboard?

You may access Blackboard by going to https://blackboard.princeton.edu and logging in with your NetID and password.  

How long will I retain access to Blackboard?

Students may access Blackboard for up to 65 days after graduation. The Knowledge Base article KB0011166 - Moving On provides full information on this process and offers suggestions for collecting content from Blackboard and other University systems.    For information on archiving and downloading your work from Blackboard, please consult Knowledge Base article KB0013273 Blackboard: Portability, Packaging, and Archiving of Blackboard content and sitesNote: Once your netID has expired, you will not be able to retrieve work you submitted as a student.

Faculty and Staff will retain access to Blackboard until they leave the University or until June 30, 2024, whichever comes first. For information on archiving and downloading content from Blackboard, please consult Knowledge Base article KB0013273 Blackboard: Portability, Packaging, and Archiving of Blackboard content and sites.

 

What is the last date on which Blackboard will be available?

The University’s Blackboard environment will no longer be available after June 30, 2024.