Point Park is switching from Blackboard to Schoology
Schoology has been chosen to replace Blackboard as the university's main Learning Management System. Beginning in Fall 2018, all courses will be taught using Schoology. Blackboard will remain available through August 2018.
Learn more about the switch to Schoology
Schoology was chosen after a selection process looked at four different learning management system vendors.
As we move closer to the decommissioning of Blackboard in August 2018, it's time to start pulling any necessary materials out of Blackboard that you may need in the future.
Moving Blackboard Course Content to Schoology
The staff from Point Park Online will take care of moving faculty materials from Blackboard into Schoology for all online, hybrid, and on-ground classes. Moving course materials includes the following Blackboard content: items, files, discussion board prompts, assignments, and quizzes. This does NOT include any user accounts, assignment submissions, student work, or grade data. More information on how to save that information is below.
Saving Blackboard DataInstructors: If you would like user grades or submissions such as discussion posts or assignment files from Blackboard, you will need to manually make a copy of these items. Because of the sensitive nature of many of these items, we recommend storing them in your free Office 365 Point Park University OneDrive account. View the guide with instructions on how to download work out of Blackboard (PDF).
Students: If there are any materials, assignment submissions, instructor feedback, or portfolio items that you wish to retain a copy of for future use, view the guide with instructions on how to create and download a portfolio of your materials (PDF).
Schoology at Point Park University
Schoology is the new Learning Management System at Point Park, providing students, faculty, and staff the tools and resources needed for in-person and online teaching and learning. Schoology includes tools that faculty and students have come to depend on, such as assignments, discussion boards, announcements and tests, while offering new features, reliable uptime, and more opportunities to connect across courses. Schoology is a cloud-based system, bringing users relevant and useful new features, and is designed to be used online, on mobile, and on tablet.
For fully online courses at Point Park University, all course materials, teacher-to-student and student-to-student interaction take place using the Schoology system. Schoology is also an integral part of hybrid courses at Point Park University. Hybrid courses are a mix of online course work and traditional face-to-face classes. Course materials and online interaction such as discussion forums are conducted in Schoology, but students also attend classes on campus. Even traditional face-to-face courses use the Schoology platform as a supplement to a course by posting information such as: a course syllabus, handouts and faculty contact info, as well as offering online quizzes and assignments.
Getting StartedInstructors: View our guide on accessing Schoology (PDF), or sign up for training, or view Schoology Help Guides.
If you need help with Schoology, you have several support options:
- Click the Support button (the little question mark in the upper right corner of every page) in Schoology for 24/7/365 support by Schoology. You have the option to:
- view help articles
- submit your questions to the Schoology support team
- live chat with a Schoology advisor, or
- get live phone support.
- Contact Point Park’s Instructional Technologist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-392-6178.
- Contact the Point Park Help Desk at 412-392-3494 or email@example.com.