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Time to test out Blackboard 9

June 11, 2010

As previously reported here, we plan to upgrade to Blackboard version 9 this summer. In fact we’re aiming for the very latest release, version 9.1 In addition to the more attractive user interface offered by 9.0, this latest software update also brings a number of new features – wikis, for example, and better integration of the content collection and courses. We are also led to believe that Blackboard have ironed out the technical problems experienced by early adopters of version 9 last summer.

Staff can now log in to a test server to see how their courses look in Blackboard 9, and to test out the new features.

See the Blackboard 9 upgrade tab of Open Door for

  • full details of the upgrade
  • how to log on
  • help with using Blackboard 9

Please note that as part of the upgrade process, the live Blackboard system will be unavailable

  • 19 – 20 June
    Preparatory work being undertaken over the weekend of 19 – 20 June. If this work progresses smoothly, the system will be back in operation by Sunday 20 June.
  • 30 June – 16th July
    The upgrade is scheduled to take place from 30 June, and the system will be completely closed down at this point. Blackboard will be unavailable to students for at least 2 weeks.
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