Moving to SaaS is like gaining headcount. Now my team is free to invest time in more meaningful tasks—like faculty development.

Bryan Fendley
Bryan Fendley
Director of Instructional Technology and Web Services
University of Arkansa at Monticello

Reason for moving to SaaS: 

System-wide decision made to increase system-wide efficiency and capacity.

Going to be implementing the Ultra experience for Learn.

Transition experience:

  • “One of the quickest migrations we’ve done. With support from Blackboard, we planned, tested, set up LDAP, archived courses, and moved them over. It was painless.”
  • Mandated all courses use Learn, taking the course count to 1,400.

Perspective on SaaS:

“With SaaS, we are finally able to take advantage of the most recent Learn releases. When we were self-hosted, our update window was so small, that we were always versions behind.”

“Now if a user reports a problem, I just place a ticket and someone at Blackboard knows what to do – and they always do! This has lessened the anxiety of our having to manage the system.”

“Moving to SaaS is like gaining headcount. Now my team is free to invest time in more meaningful tasks—like faculty development. By refocusing our time, we were able to train all faculty on Learn, growing the number of courses by almost 300% in one semester.”

“The idea of continuous delivery was scary to our campus at first, but the advantages of having things fixed and improved quickly far outweighed the concern. These small, incremental changes really haven’t been scary at all.”