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Blackboard Course Retention

On Thursday, May 15, 2014, Information Resources will resume the automatic removal of content from the Blackboard servers.  The Blackboard Policy currently states that all content older than three semesters will be removed from the live system.  Although it is the faculty member’s responsibility to save copies of the course, ITDS will assist you in the process.  Proper archiving of the course ensures that it can be restored within Blackboard should content be needed at a later time.   The dates and processes are outlined below.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact

For dates, please see the schedule.




Design Help is a team of instructional and web designers ready to partner with faculty. Instructional designers support faculty subject matter experts (SME) in task analysis, learner analysis, content analysis, efficiency and standardization of course design. Design Help works with faculty in establishing rubrics and assessment resources.

We assist faculty in developing the overall appearance of a course, the functionality and efficiency of technologies and media tools. Instructional designers apply standardization across courses that provide a learning framework and consistency focused on engaging students and facilitating student learning by applying pedagogical principles for online learners.

Design Help partners with faculty in their design of pedagogical tools to improve engaged learning, collaborative projects and exercises in critical thinking. We assist in the creation of learning aids, informational materials for new students for systems and online learning, revise and adapt content for online teaching, and assist in developing learning objectives that will enhance student engagement. Our focus is to assist with meeting the needs of today’s college students and digital natives learning styles.

The Design Help team includes:

Hailey M. Ruoff, Assistant Director
MS – Educational Theory and Practice - Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology – University at Albany

Amy Becker, Instructional Designer
MS – Communications – Learning Theories and Instructional Design – Ithaca College

Kristina Maricle, Instructional Designer
MS – Instructional Technology – New York Institute of Technology

John "AJ" Scognamiglio, Instructional Designer
MEd – Instructional Technology – East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Justin Stewart, Web Development Assistant
BA – Studio Art - Binghamton University
Certificate in Website Development and Management – Broome Community College

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    Associate Director, The Help Center: Hailey M. Ruoff '91

    Amy Becker: X4045
    Kristina Maricle: X4577
    John "AJ" Scognamiglio: X4633
    Justin Stewart: X498
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