The migration needed to be carefully planned. The university first did a test migration with the Industrial Design faculty, and all subjects and courses within are now migrated to Brightspace. All 2,000 students and 150 professors of this faculty are now working with the new system, and TU Delft notes that the migration went without hiccups.
Delta, the university magazine has noted on its website that the rollout will be a relief to some students they no longer have to make use of the legacy solution. According to the magazine, many students think the legacy solution is unfriendly and confusing, and the mobile app is not popular at all.
In September 2017, the university will start with a rolling migration of the other seven faculties. Staff already has access to a sandbox environment to look around in Brightspace, and later students will get access. By doing it this way, students and staff can get a feel for Brightspace. After September, for every educational period of ten weeks, the university will migrate all subjects of all courses of all faculties in that period to the new systems. There are four periods a school year, which means four migrations are planned in a row.
The university will choose not to migrate automatically as it is also cleaning up the system. There is 17 years of educational content in the legacy solution and much of it is not used anymore. As such, the university is standardising to boost the user experience. A design format will be created per education module, and student assistants will help professors to migrate their courses to these new formats. While this is a labour-intensive approach to migration, it is necessary to get the best possible outcome from the new solution.
By September 2018, all courses and subjects will be migrated to Brightspace. From there, the university will work with its professors to optimise and innovate the LMS courses in to offer students the best possible experience.