In order to comply with the future of Blackboard's partnership guidelines, Qwickly has decided to focus exclusively on LTI versions of its products. On July 1, 2020, Qwickly will officially end support for the Building Block (B2) version of Qwickly Attendance and will only support the LTI version of Qwickly Attendance at that time. After that date, the B2 version of the tool will not be updated or supported in regards to bug fixes or compatibility updates for future versions of Blackboard Learn. While clients may opt to continue to use the Building Block version at their own risk, there will be no guarantee for further compatibility pending Blackboard's own updates. It is very likely at some point in the future the tool will no longer function so it is recommended that clients migrate to the LTI version prior to July 1, 2020. Clients entering support tickets after this date pertaining to the B2 version will be told to migrate to the LTI Tool.
Beyond simply being the future of the integration with Blackboard, Qwickly Attendance LTI has a variety of other benefits. Qwickly Attendance LTI has all the same features as the B2 version of the tool, plus some additional features. Going forward, all new features of Qwickly Attendance will be added exclusively to the LTI version.
Qwickly is able to diagnose most issues remotely, and bug fixes are applied directly to the LTI version of the tool so no more mid-semester B2 updates are required. Likewise, new features are automatically available without having to update the tool.
Considering an LMS review? Qwickly Attendance can be used with Blackboard Learn (Original and Ultra), Canvas, and D2L Brightspace. Any other Learning Management System that has LTI/REST API launches could also be supported in the future.
Just as before, we continue to encourage use of the LTI version in multiple LMS environments if you have staged or test environments you maintain.
Qwickly Attendance LTI provides advanced reporting options by way of Qwickly Attendance Pro, our institutional reporting engine for attendance data.
Qwickly is announcing this End-Of-Life for the B2 version of Qwickly Attendance to provide clients plenty of time to migrate. As of April 1, 2019, 20% of clients are already using the LTI version of the tool.
Your school should migrate between semesters, and should NOT attempt a migration in the middle of a semester. This gives three distinct timeframes to migrate: Summer 2019, Winter 2019, Summer 2020. It is highly recommended to begin testing before the transition, ideally on a test environment and do any data transferring prior to going live in production. Note that this testing can (and should) begin before the planned between-semester migration.
If you have any questions, please feel free to submit a support ticket and we can assist you in your migration.