Blackboard Upgrade and Rollover – Summer 2014

I’m pleased to let you know that our Blackboard Learn system will be upgraded at the end of this month, in preparation for the new academic year. We expect that this will happen in the week beginning 28th July. For confirmation and updates, watch the Blackboard Login Page and ISS bulletins.

Why upgrade?

Blackboard is an increasingly important tool in the academic and student life on campus.   Since Blackboard became a mainstream, fully supported service in September 2007 its uptake by teaching staff and students has been astounding. This upgrade is relatively minor but has some welcome new features including:

  • Student Preview – allowing instructors see all aspects of a course from the student’s perspective, including the submission of assignments and feedback/results.
  • Anonymous and Delegated Grading – allowing instructors to hide student names while grading, or to delegate grading of particular assessments to multiple graders.

More detail on these features will be available during the month of August. Check out our blog for some more information about the Student Preview feature:


Availability of Courses for 2014-2015

We aim to create and provide access to 1415 courses on Blackboard during the first week in August. As in previous years, if you are currently an instructor on any 1314 course, you will automatically be given access to the equivalent 1415 course.

For more information about the annual rollover, please see our Blackboard help resources.


Cleardown of Courses for 2010-11

All staff and students currently have access to 4 years’ worth of courses on Blackboard. During the rollover period, all 1011 courses will be cleared from Blackboard.

If you have any content contained (only) within a 1011 course, it is important that you take a copy of this content before Friday 25th July. Individual items can be saved locally, or you may choose to export your course as a package suitable to re-use in another Blackboard course. For assistance, please contact


Support and Training

Please visit the Blackboard help resources for staff, for useful guides and videos.

Remember also to check our Blackboard blog for regular updates, tricks and tips.


Blackboard Festival 2014

We will soon be announcing an exciting schedule of events for our annual Blackboard Festival, a week of training opportunities on various aspects of Blackboard, including drop-in sessions, information sessions and workshops. The Blackboard Festival will take place this year from Wednesday 20th to Tuesday 26th August.

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