We’re upgrading!

I’m pleased to let you know that our Blackboard Learn system will be upgraded early in January before the start of the new semester.

To facilitate the upgrade, the Blackboard service will be unavailable from 5:00am Tuesday, January 6th to 11:00am Wednesday, January 7th.

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 January. Check out a previous post for some more information about the Student Preview feature.

How this will affect your courses

When you log back into Blackboard after the upgrade you should not notice any changes to your courses or content. There will be some small changes to the interface, including the new Student Preview button, and some improvements to grading areas for journals, blogs and wikis.

Support and Training

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

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