Blackboard goes offline

At 11:00 AM, the Tri-co shutdown its shared instance of the Blackboard course management system. In a two-step process, Swarthmore Professor Aimee Johnson (Math) and Haverford CIO Joe Spadaro pressed the “enter” keys that shut down the Blackboard services for the final time. On a separate screen, the assembled group of onlookers verified that Blackboard was no longer available.

The shutdown is the conclusion to a period of over 11 years where Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges shared a single instance of Blackboard for all of their students, faculty and staff. All three schools have already switched to Moodle, an open source course management system. Tri-co students continue to have automatic access to their registered courses across all three schools.

Onlookers could watch as the Blackboard application and database was shut down.
Step one of the process was closing Blackboard's database of course and user data.
Haverford CIO Joe Spadaro presses the enter key to shut down the Trico Blackboard server for good.
Haverford CIO Joe Spadaro has the honors for the final shutdown.
Picture of "site can not be accessed" page in web browser
A quick reload of the Blackboard home page verified that the site was no longer online.