SUNY Digital Learning Environment

Campuses Continue to Transition to the New DLE

Cohort 2 Launches

Over 32 representatives from the 8 campuses that comprise Cohort 2 participated in a virtual kick-off meeting at the beginning of May. The respective project teams from SUNY System Administration and D2L were introduced, and an initial schedule of activities was shared as part of the implementation that will assist campuses to transition into SUNY’s new Digital Learning Environment. Cohort 2 campuses then moved into a multi-month process involving academic and technical planning, training, testing, and piloting. Cohort 2 campuses plan to go live in the production environment in the upcoming fall term.

The timeline below demonstrates a high-level schedule for campuses and SUNY technical teams to follow for all the activities and milestones for the implementation. This timeline is purely for guidance as each campus may move at a slightly different pace in accomplishing their tasks.

A chart conveying a detailed timeline for Cohort 1. February 2 is the kick off session. February 7-25 are the initial discovery sessions with D2L. February 28 - March 11 - Access to Brightspace guided training and what the training team are calling virtual "Fireside chats." March 14 - March 18 - Campus System Administrator Training. Training opportunities continue through December. March 21 - 25 - Focused discovery/configuration sessions. March 25 - Access to the production site. March 28 - April 1 - Course migration overview and sample course conversion (five courses per campus). April 4 - April 8 - Solution review and documentation provided. April 4 - April 21 - Ongoing course migration. April 8 - Faculty get access to production site.

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  • Cohort 1 Launches

    Cohort 1 Launches

    Cohort 1 Launches Over 170 representatives from the 30 campuses that comprise Cohort 1—the first grouping of campuses to begin the transition to SUNY’s new Digital Learning Environment—participated in a virtual kick-off meeting at the beginning of February. The respective project teams from SUNY System Administration and D2L were introduced, and an initial schedule of […]

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  • Campuses Named for Cohorts 2-4

    Campuses Named for Cohorts 2-4

    Campuses Named for Cohorts 2-4 Campuses for the remaining Cohorts 2-4 have also been named. The second cohort will run from May 2022 to April 2023; the third from September 2022 through August of 2023; and the fourth from January 2023 to December 2023.

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  • Cohort Selection Has Begun

    Cohort Selection Has Begun

    Cohort Selection Has Begun We understand that a key question on everyone’s mind is timing—for training, for planning, for when the transition to SUNY’s new digital learning environment starts on your campus. It is the selection of your campus cohort that drives the timeline for your institution. Each cohort undergoes a three-phase process expected to […]

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  • SUNY Selects D2L’s Brightspace as New Learning Management System

    SUNY Selects D2L’s Brightspace as New Learning Management System

    At the conclusion of a broad and consultative Request for Proposal process, SUNY selected Desire2Learn’s (D2L) Brightspace Learning Management System to serve as the hub of its Digital Learning Environment. The contract between SUNY and D2L has been approved by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the Office of the New […]

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  • Timeline

    Timeline

    All are committed to an implementation in the best interest of campuses, faculty, staff, and students—a cohort approach with options for pilot before full campus implementation brings campuses online in the new system, in an order aligned to specific campus needs. View timeline  

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  • Why Brightspace?

    Why Brightspace?

    D2L’s Brightspace received the highest composite score across all functional, technical, security, accessibility, pricing requirements based on a “Best Value” evaluation where cost was not the only consideration.

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  • Meet the Planning Teams

    Meet the Planning Teams

    Three teams/committees are being charged to help develop a comprehensive implementation, transition, and training program:

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