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Springboard Course Cleanup

If you’ve been teaching in Springboard since its adoption in 2008, you are probably well aware of the number of courses that have built up in the system. Instructors sometimes report that their list of courses has grown too long. In those cases, we can manually unenroll the instructor from older courses, but this is a cumbersome process. Certain tools in Springboard pull information from all of your courses (whether you see it or not), which in turn slows down the system and negatively affects your experience. For these reasons, it is time to begin deleting old courses from Springboard. This will help to keep the system running smoothly and efficiently and to reduce the amount of clutter on your Springboard homepage.

Note: Step 2 has been completed, and all courses from 2010 and earlier have been archived. If you still have access to a course and the course is not listed under a semester heading that is marked **TO BE DELETED**, your course will be safe from deletion. However, we would still recommend that you export the course to a ZIP file and export students' grades to a CSV file.

If you would like a copy of the course materials for a course from 2010 or earlier that you no longer have access to, please email springboardhelp@uakron.edu. Be sure to include the department, course number, section number, and semester of the course.

We are going to approach this in 3 steps:

  1. We will identify and label the 2008, 2009, and 2010 courses that will be deleted. This will give you an opportunity to make your own backup of these courses.
  2. We will archive courses for 60 days.
  3. We will delete the courses.

Date Action
11/1/2013 (completed) Label semesters that will be deleted
1/2/2014 (completed) Archive all 2008, 2009, and 2010 courses
3/1/2014 Delete all 2008, 2009, and 2010 courses


Step 1: What happens when a course is labeled?

When a course is labeled, no other changes to it will be made. This will provide an opportunity for you to make your own backup of any courses that you would like to keep.

How will I know a course has been identified?

On your Springboard homepage, look for semester headings that include the note “TO BE DELETED” - any courses located under those semester headings will be affected.


Step 2: What happens when a course is archived?

When a course is archived, the course will no longer appear on your Springboard homepage. All student submissions and data will no longer be available. During this 60-day time period, a copy of the archived course can be made available in a zip file format. The zip file will contain all of the course structure, layout, and materials. You will need to request a copy of the archived course using a Footprints ticket.

Step 3: What happens when a course is deleted?

When a course is deleted, the course is completely removed from the system with no method for retrieving it. This includes all course materials, files, and student data.

What courses will be affected?

It has been our practice to maintain all course materials and student data for 3 years. Therefore, all 2008, 2009, and 2010 courses will be deleted. On your Springboard homepage, look for semester headings that include the note “TO BE DELETED” - all courses located under those semester headings will be affected.

I have several courses that are listed as Ongoing. Will those be affected?

No. Courses in the 0001_Ongoing semester heading will not be affected.

Will removing old courses affect my current course materials?

In cases where a course is offered on a regular basis by the same instructor, the instructor typically copies course materials from a previous semester to the current semester. Since the materials have been copied, removing the source course will not affect the current materials.

How can I make a copy of my course structure and materials?

To make a copy of your course, you can export the course to a ZIP file. Please note that this will not include any student data or submissions.

How do I make a copy of my students’ grades?

To make a copy of your gradebook, you can export grades to a CSV file.

Who can I contact for questions?

You can contact the ZipSupport Center at springboardhelp@uakron.edu, or by phone at 330.972.6888.

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