Q: How will adding new Terms in my PowerSchool Learning Blackbaud Configuration impact my current classes?
A: You can add Terms when you are ready to bring over new classes and rosters. In general, keeping past terms or prematurely adding upcoming terms will not be an issue. However, there are some special scenarios to consider.
Each class coming over from Education Edge has its own unique number per term, called an ea7_class_id. So if you have a class that is taught over four consecutive terms there are technically four different ea7_class_ids for the same class. Instead of bringing over four separate classes when in actuality they are the same class our solution is to merge them by giving them the following import_id (class_id) by combining (year -> ea7_academic_year_id + "-" + course -> course_id + "-" + course -> section).
This solution will work for the majority of classes, but there are some where the content, teacher or roster are different from term to term. In this case it is best if you create a different section for each class in Education Edge so that PowerSchool Learning will generate a different import_id (class_id) for each of them.
Do any of the following scenarios occur in your environment?
If you have any questions, please reach out to your School Advisor. Just getting started with Blackbaud? Be sure to check out what you need to know about the Blackbaud Integration.