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learn logoUpdated: Blackboard Learn was upgraded on May 30 to the latest version of the software. This upgrade brings many requested and new features and improve system security.

The system upgrade occurred on Thursday, May 30 from 5:00 am to 10:00 am (extended by 1 hour). During this time, Bb Learn was unavailable. All other campus systems including PeopleSoft were be unaffected by this upgrade.

The “My Vista Courses” link will stay in Bb Learn until October 18, 2013. The previously announced date to remove this link has been extended. Read more about Vista going away.

What are the new features?

The new Bb Learn version delivers many features requested by our faculty as well as some great new tools, including:

  • Profiles with pictures and privacy settings (learn more)
  • New calendar (learn more)
  • New navigation and notification menu “My Blackboard” (learn more)
  • Improved discussion forums (learn more)
  • Webcam recording to YouTube in many tools (learn more)
  • Detailed test question analysis (learn more)
  • Monitoring of student performance
  • In-line grading and commenting on submitted student assignments (learn more)

Why is it happening on May 30?

While there’s no perfect time for this upgrade, May 30 has been selected with the utmost priority given to minimizing service disruption for students and faculty. As part of visible planning, the timing of the upgrade has been vetted with campus governance committees on academics and campus technology. The upgrade cannot take place during the summer term because there are approximately 200 courses running at that time. Upgrading on Thursday May 30 ensures there is sufficient time to upgrade and test the system prior to the start of the summer term. This also gives advance notice to faculty teaching in the fall about new features.

What will I see after the upgrade?

Updated: User profiles were not activated during the profile, so the first time you log in you’ll notice the new My Blackboard menu at the top right of the page.

Special note to faculty: If you have not completed grading of student assignments submitted to Bb Learn prior to May 30, you will see the new assignment grading interface when you attempt to view the assignments after the upgrade. Learn more about the new grading interface.

This post will be updated as the new features are introduced. If you have questions or concerns, please use the comments below.

2 Responses to “Blackboard Learn Summer 2013 Upgrade”

  1. Teresa Traver

    I am really really unhappy about the timing of this change. Grades are due on FRIDAY May 31. Would it really have been that hard to wait two days to make the shift? I can’t speak for anyone else, but I do not have time to navigate a new interface while also trying to finish grading when there is only a week after finals week.

    Please, please, please in the future try to work around faculty grading deadlines. The University is already asking us to turn in grades in a shorter amount of time than ever. There is no need to add to the stress unnecessarily. Faculty in writing intensive subjects generally are grading assignments down to the wire.

    • Asa Mittman

      Hear, hear, Teresa! I need the site RIGHT NOW and it is still down, though it should be up and running by now.


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