The NYU Classes online learning system enables NYU faculty to use the Web to enhance classroom instruction. Instructors can use NYU Classes to create full-featured, online course environments for the members of their class to provide content sharing, collaborative capabilities, assignment and other assessment tools as well as Gradebook functionality.
NYU's long-time learning management system – NYU Blackboard – requires a significant upgrade. When the Teaching Technology Committee, chaired by Senior Vice Provost Matthew Santirocco, took the opportunity to review NYU's learning management needs, they selected Sakai, which will power the new NYU Classes learning management system. This allows NYU to move away from a sole-sourced commercial product to an open source learning management environment that allows us significant say in the software's development. It also provides an open framework to integrate the other important tools to support teaching, learning, and scholarship, such as Google Apps.
The University of Michigan, Stanford, the University of California, Berkeley, Duke, and Columbia University have had successful and positive experiences with Sakai, as has NYU's own School of Medicine.
No. At this time, NYU Blackboard is the only learning management system to be retired through this project. Therefore, other systems such as Epsilen and NYU Poly's Blackboard 9 will not be affected. NYU Blackboard will be retired on August 15, 2013.
The NYU Classes button to activate your course site will appear if you previously taught a course and used your Blackboard course site from Summer 2011 to present, or if you are teaching in the current or next semester. If you don't see the NYU Classes button, and you believe you should, please contact AskITS@nyu.edu.
Spring 2013 courses are now available in NYU Classes. One of the features in NYU Classes is the ability to create your own course site, without needing to type in the Course ID. In just three steps, your course site can be created and ready for use, including information from Albert, by following these instructions, or visit the NYU Classes Training and Support Wiki for more details.
Yes! Rosters for cross-listed courses will be combined automatically for you when your activate your site through Setup Course Sites.
Recognizing the tremendous investments members of the NYU community have made in their Blackboard content, we have transitioned activated course sites from summer 2011 forward into NYU Classes. If there is a course site that you wish to have access to that is older than summer 2011, you can either request to have the site moved by contacting AskITS@nyu.edu and providing the Course ID. Please view Transitioning content from Blackboard into NYU Classes for details and other options.
We are working closely with ATLAS Network Pilot users to determine the best options for their content. Please contact AskITS@nyu.edu if you have concerns over any content in the ATLAS Network Pilot.
Instructor-generated content from three main Blackboard content areas will be moved into the new system:
Please refer to What comes over in a Blackboard archive import for details.
All archives from summer 2011 to present have been moved into NYU Classes automatically. If you do not see the site you require, and wish to request a Blackboard course archive to be moved into NYU Classes from before summer 2011, please contact the IT Service Desk via AskITS@nyu.edu and include the complete course ID, including term, of the course you wish us to move into NYU Classes.
If you wish to obtain an article or item out of a course you taught in the past without importing it into NYU Classes see
Using bFree to unlock Blackboard archives.
If you wish to import your archive into a new course or project site in NYU Classes see: Transitioning content from Blackboard into NYU Classes.
If you wish to download student work from your Blackboard site, including submitted papers, test or quiz results, and other grade center details, please view best practices for extracting content from Blackboard.
The functionality you have come to expect in an LMS is present in NYU Classes, as well as some new functionality too. Please view the NYU Classes Tool Comparison guide to learn more.
Yes. Requests to move existing Blackboard Org Sites can be submitted to AskITS@nyu.edu to be moved into an NYU Classes project site.
The NYU Classes Training and Support Wiki has information on self-paced training modules, instructor-led workshops and consultations, as well as support and documentation.
Click on the NYU Classes link within NYUHome to login to the service, and sites in NYU Classes are listed across the top of your screen in tabs, and within the My Active Sites tab. If you still do not see your course site, please check with your instructor to verify they have published the site. Students will not see unpublished sites.
Past courses will remain in NYU Blackboard. Please check the “Past” tab in NYUHome’s Course Site’s channel to view your past courses.
Sakai is an open source software for learning management and is developed by the higher education community. NYU is a member of the Sakai Foundation.
NYU Classes is powered by Sakai CLE 2.8. Sakai CLE (Collaboration and Learning Environment) is supported by a community of open source developers and academic institutions which constantly contribute to supporting educational platforms for teaching and learning purposes. To find out more about Sakai CLE, please visit About Sakai CLE.
Open source software is computer software that is available in source code form: the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under a software license that permits users to study, change, improve and at times also to distribute the software. Open source software is therefore very often developed in a public, collaborative manner.