Like so many institutions that are upgrading from ANGEL to Blackboard Learn, Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) needed to get faculty and students acclimated to the new system as quickly as possible. They implemented the usual strategies like training sessions and online tutorials for faculty and students to learn about all the new features. But they also needed a way to get people excited about the transition, something with that je ne sais quoi.

So they made three videos, starting with this one. The concept will be familiar to those of us who recall the iconic “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” campaign from Apple, and IHCC gets an A+ for effort and fun.

The upgrade comes as IHCC’s online program has nearly doubled its enrollment over the last five years; IHCC now offers more than 225 fully online courses to students across the country.

“Faculty and staff were huge fans of ANGEL, but we knew future innovations were elsewhere, and this led us to consider alternatives,” said David Massey, Director of Online Learning and Web Marketing at IHCC.

After reviewing solutions likes Instructure Canvas, Desire2Learn, eCollege, and several open source providers, the Indian Hills team narrowed its focus to Blackboard Learn and Moodle, and faculty overwhelmingly selected Blackboard.

But they’re not finished yet. The next phase of technology adoption at the College will include moving from Wimba to Blackboard Collaborate, which includes mobile applications for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and an updated integration with Blackboard Learn. IHCC also licenses Blackboard Connect.

“We are noticing an increased emphasis on the integration of once disparate-Blackboard products,” said Massey. “Watching the pieces of Blackboard’s portfolio fall into place is another sign that we made the correct choice for life after ANGEL.”

IHCC migrates to Blackboard Learn at a time when 50 percent of ANGEL schools also have a Blackboard Learn license running in co-production. They join Hilbert CollegeDeSales University, North Central Michigan College, Bowie State University, Lindsey Wilson College and a growing number of ANGEL institutions that have completed the transition.

Want to learn more about a migration from ANGEL to Blackboard Learn? Join an upcoming ANGEL Migration Cohort.

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