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 activities was shared and later refined.
Each cohort will move through a multi-month process that involves academic and technical planning, training, testing, and piloting before all of its courses/activities are live in the production environment. The shared schedule, pictured below with the main categories highlighted, is marked as “sample” because it is understood that some campuses may move at a slightly different pace; this is why the estimated time for completion of each cohort is a range between 11 and 13 months.
Timeline activities range from initial discovery and broad training, to focused discovery sessions and configurations, access to the production environment for campus administrators, and sample course conversions. This initial work will be followed by broader course migration and access to the production site. For Cohort 1 campuses, a soft launch is envisioned for this summer.
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.