Learn how instructor-created content from NYU Classes is being moved to NYU Brightspace for you to reuse in your current and future courses.

Overview

NYU IT is automatically moving NYU Classes course content from 2019-2021 into NYU Brightspace “Reference Sites”. You will then be able to copy desired content into your current and future courses.

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Moving of NYU Classes Content to NYU Brightspace

Over the course of 2021, instructor-created content from 2019-2021 NYU Classes course sites will be moved into NYU Brightspace as reference material, where you may choose to reuse it to build your new NYU Brightspace course sites. It is important to note that this content will be moved into corresponding NYU Brightspace “Reference Sites” under the equivalent term — content from a Spring 2020 NYU Classes course site will be moved into a corresponding Spring 2020 NYU Brightspace reference site; it will not be moved into your live NYU Brightspace course sites, so action is required on your part if you choose to reuse this content.

Note: student-created content (e.g., discussion boards entries or messages), submissions, or grades will not be moved in NYU Brightspace.

Reference sites will contain the content from your corresponding NYU Classes course sites, including, but not limited to:

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Forums/Topics
  • Gradebook
  • Lessons
  • Resources
  • Tests & Quizzes

If you choose to reuse any of this “reference” content, you can copy it into your current or future courses in NYU Brightspace. (See the Reusing Content section below and Copy Components ServiceLink article)

Note that, depending on the tools and types of content you used in your NYU Classes course sites, there may be a number of “exceptions” to what can be successfully transitioned into NYU Brightspace. See the Tool-Level Exceptions and Reports section below for more information.

Should you wish to move content from NYU Classes course sites prior to Spring 2019, or if you need to move your content ahead of the scheduled move of 2019-2021 (see Timeline for Moving NYU Classes Content to NYU Brightspace below), a self-service tool is available for you to do so on demand. For more information, see the following NYU Servicelink article: Self-Service Course Migration Overview.

Reusing Content

Once your NYU Classes content has been moved to NYU Brightspace, you will be able to find its corresponding reference site with the same name as it had in NYU Classes, under the same term. For example, your content from your Fall 2020 NYU Classes course site(s) will be located in “reference sites” under the Fall 2020 semester in NYU Brightspace.

Within your reference sites, you will find the NYU Brightspace equivalents of your content. Note that, while your content will be present, it may not look exactly the same due to differences between NYU Classes and NYU Brightspace.

If you choose to reuse this content for current / future live course offerings in NYU Brightspace, you can copy either the entire site’s contents or just the specific items you need into the desired course. As with NYU Classes, you will need to adjust any due dates, and reorder as needed.

For more information on copying contents from one site to another in NYU Brightspace, refer to the following NYU Servicelink article: Copy, Import or Export Components.

Tool-Level Exceptions and Reports

No transition of content from one platform to another will be perfect. Depending on the tools and types of content you used in your NYU Classes course site(s), there may be a number of “exceptions” that you should be aware of and may need to address. To make this process easier, please see your course's Reference Site Status Report, which will display on the homepage of your Reference Site. The report will detail any issues with the content of your site and how to remediate them, prior to copying that content into your live course offerings. NYU IT plans to make these reports available by mid-March.

In the meantime, the full list of possible tool-level exceptions is available here:


Timeline for Moving NYU Classes Content to NYU Brightspace

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Course content from 2019 forward will be moved from NYU Classes to NYU Brightspace over the course of 2021. The timeline for this content moving is:

  • February 2021 - Automated moving of NYU Classes content begun
  • March 2021 - Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Summer 2019 course content moved to NYU Brightspace
  • June 2021 - Spring 2019, Fall 2019, J-Term 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 course content moved to NYU Brightspace
  • July 2021 - Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and J-Term 2021 course content moved to NYU Brightspace
  • August 2021 - Automated moving of NYU Classes content completed
  • Calendar year 2022 - Self-service and request-based course migration (process TBD)

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