The weekend of August 23-24,2014 our Blackboard system will be upgraded to Service Pack 14. The upgrade will begin at midnight on the 23rd and we expect completion of the initial work by noon the same day. During the upgrade the system will be unavailable to all users. After the upgrade, Learning Innovation & Technology (LIT) staff will test the system.
Why did we choose this time to upgrade Blackboard?
The weekend of August 23rd was selected for upgrading the system after consulting with the Learning Innovation & Technology Advisory Committee. Summer 2014 courses are due by noon on Monday, August 18th, and a timeframe during that week was considered. However, there might be cases where grades would be submitted later and continued access to Blackboard might be necessary such as for compiling course binders. The committee advised us that it would be unlikely that many faculty would access the system over the weekend after grades were due.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of the new features available in the new version of Blackboard.