Miami University faculty participating in the Niihka pilot program developed several tips when converting from Blackboard to Niihka. One tip: Think of the course site as a dynamic site.
One faculty member suggests a very simple tip: Change out the image on the front page of the Niihka course site every week, keeping it current with the assignments.
“I would dig up a picture of the author we were reading, and personalize that week’s readings a bit by giving the students a face to go along with a name. I tried to think of the Niihka course site as a dynamic site, one that I could customize week to week to fit the changing themes of the course.” (Look for more Niihka tips throughout the summer in the e-Report)
Reminder: There are less than 16 weeks until Blackboard is no longer available. Only 10 percent of the courses taught during the Fall 2010 semester in Blackboard have been re-created in Niihka. Now is the time to take advantage of the upcoming training and transition events to get started. Those who wait until August will find themselves competing for limited support resources to assist with the transition. Those who start early will be rewarded with better, more personalized assistance. Monitor the transition progress online.
Course content from this term were automatically migrated into shadow courses and are available now. This process is imperfect. Be sure to review the content of these shadow courses before Blackboard is turned off in August.
How to get Started
1) Log into Niihka at https://niihka.muohio.edu/
2) Review your shadow courses for any missing content
3) Start creating your new courses for Fall 2011 and future terms
Additional materials about getting started, various online help resources, community forums and the most current list of training and transition events are available at https://niihka.muohio.edu/support. (Log in required.)