In this blog, we explore how building the right Impact team can enhance internal processes, institutional insight, and workload balance. Discover key roles like instructional designers, LMS administrators, support teams, communications experts, faculty members, and student employees, all contributing to a well-rounded team. Learn efficient planning strategies and workflows, including anticipating content needs and using planning templates. Explore an organized approval process and discover available consulting services to maximize Impact's potential. Let's dive into the world of impactful teamwork!
With Anthology’s March announcement of a new offering to be bundled with Blackboard Learn SaaS, Instructure would like to equip Impact customers with important information regarding the future of Impact and Blackboard.
The team working on Impact by Instructure (formerly EesySoft) is committed to helping institutions improve technology adoption and increase its impact. As many of you know, Impact has worked with Blackboard (now Anthology) since its inception. As Blackboard has rolled out Ultra, Impact is unable to work the same with Ultra as it has done in the past with Blackboard Original. As such, some of the features our users have come to expect are not currently available with Blackboard Ultra. We’re keenly aware of the importance of meeting the needs of our customers that rely on this data to reach students more effectively. Anthology has given a commitment to working with us and they are in active discussions with our Impact team. We’re also committed to providing an optimal product experience for all of our customers and will keep you posted on these ongoing conversations. In the meantime, please contact Blackboard Learn customer support if you have issues.
Below is more information about the situation:
Impact will continue to support Blackboard Ultra customers, including Ultra Base Navigation with Original Courses as well as those with full Ultra. However, the Impact + Blackboard Ultra integration does not currently include all of the features as the integration with Blackboard Original. For example, Ultra users currently experience limited functionality with hint messages, contexts and LTI monitoring. This document provides more information.
The Impact development team is currently limited by the Blackboard UEF (Ultra Extension Framework), thus the Ultra Impact integration will currently remain as is with no new feature development.
Anthology has been responding to ticketing customer-reported issues should they arrive. We advise customers to work with Anthology when issues arise. As always, we are committed to supporting our clients regardless of which version of Blackboard Learn you are using, so please contact your Impact CSM with any questions that arise. Our team will continue to extend our partnership with Anthology and look for opportunities to enhance the Impact product for Ultra users where possible. Thank you for trusting us to provide you with the best Impact product experience.
Moving between Learning Management Systems can be challenging for students and faculty. Impact by Instructure is here to make these transitions as easy as possible by tracking the onboarding process and guiding the offboarding of users by providing in-app communication and support at the moment of need.
Impact Campaigns are not only the best way to communicate with your users within your LMS, but they can also be used solely for tracking specific aspects of EdTech adoption at your institution! But how exactly do they work without the messaging or help items, and why are they useful for your institution?
It’s a challenging time for educational leaders. Institutions are under pressure to digitalize and simultaneously to ensure course continuity and quality online. Add into the mix an unpredictability surrounding budgets – it becomes clear that institutions are looking for solutions that both generate increased efficiencies and provide modernization.