During the upcoming winter break myLesley will transition to a SaaS environment and upgrade to the latest version of Blackboard (Q4 2017). The upgrade and migration to the new servers will take place from Saturday, December 30, 2017 to Wednesday, January 3, 2018. You will not have access to myLesley during this time. Additionally, LOIS will be down for system maintenance on Thursday, January 4th.

We highly recommend completing your grading by Friday, December 29th. However, we understand that many faculty use the winter break to do their grading. With that in mind, we have provided some resources for downloading your students' gradable items so that you can grade offline when the server is down. Please keep in mind that you must complete these steps by December 29th. You will not have access to myLesley from December 30 - January 3. 

Please note that grades are due by Monday, January 8 at 5PM. All final grades must be entered in LOIS.

Topics in this article include:

Download Assignments

Collect and Print Discussions

Save Blog/Journal and Wiki Content

Download your Grade Center

Download Assignments

You may download your students' submitted Assignments and read and grade them offline. You may print the assignments or use the Track Changes and/or Comments features in Microsoft Word to markup or comment on your students' papers.

To begin, navigate to your Full Grade Center and select the column for your assignment. Click the chevron at the top of the column to open a menu.

Select Assignment File Download.

This will bring you to the Download Assignment area. Select individual students or click the box at the top to select all. Then click Submit at the top or bottom of the page.

This will bring you to the download screen. Click Download assignments now to download your assignments.

The assignments will download as a .zip file. 

Collect and Print Discussions

In order to retain Discussion Board content, complete with your students' names, you will need to collect your discussions and save them to PDF. 

To begin, go to a Discussion Board Forum and open a thread. Select the check boxes next to the posts you want to collect. If the post has replies, select the check boxes for those posts as well to include them in the collection. Or click Select All at the top of the page to select all of the posts in the discussion.

At the top of the page, click Message Actions. This will open a drop-down menu. Select Collect.

Once you have sorted or collected your Discussion posts you may sort them by author, subject, date, or thread order. You may also sort by ascending or descending order.

Once you have collected and/or sorted your Discussions, you may print them or save them as a PDF.

Click the Print Preview button at the top of your Search or Collection page.

This will bring up the Print Preview window. Here you may select to Save as a PDF or print to your printer. Please note that your view may vary based on your browser and computer operating system.



For more information, see Search and Collect Discussions in myLesley or watch the video tutorial: Search and Collect Posts.

Save Blog/Journal and Wiki Content

In order to save content in blogs, journals, and wikis, you will need to convert each blog/journal, or wiki page to PDF. 

To begin, navigate to the blog/journal or wiki page you would like to save. For best results, you will want to hide the columns for your course menu and the blog details. 

Next, go to the Print menu on your browser. This may vary based on your browser and operating system. 

On the Mac, you will generally go to the File menu at the top of your screen and select Print

On the PC, you will generally go to the Menu button on the top right corner of the browser and select Print.

From the Print menu, select Save as PDF. This may vary based on your browser and operating system.



You will be prompted to save your file. Please note that you will need to do this for all of your blogs/journals and wiki pages.

Download your Grade Center

You may download your Grade Center as an Excel spreadsheet for offline grading. You may then upload the Grade Center back to your course after the upgrade. 

To download your Grade Center in order to grade offline, go to the Full Grade Center and click the Work Offline button at the top of the page.

Select Download.

This will bring you to the Download Grades area. You may decide to download the Full Grade center or only specific columns. You may also choose the delimiter type (either type is compatible with Excel) and whether to include hidden information. 

Once you have finished, click Submit at the top or bottom or the page to download your file.

Your file will be ready for download. Click Download to download your file and grade offline.

Once you have graded using Excel or another spreadsheet tool, you may upload your file back to the Grade Center. 

Go to the Full Grade Center and click the Work Offline button at the top of the page.

Select Upload.

Click Browse my Computeto locate your file and upload. 

Click Submit at the top or bottom of the page to upload your file. 

You will see a confirmation page showing the matching columns. Click Submit to continue and upload your spreadsheet.

For more information, see Work Offline with Grade Data or watch the tutorial video below.