Blackboard™ is a course management system used campus-wide at NIU. The system allows faculty to post materials, deliver tests and surveys, hold online discussion and many other course-related functions. All currently-enrolled students and teaching faculty have access to the Blackboard system. We are running Blackboard version 9.1, April 2014 Release, having upgraded the system May 25, 2015. Login to the NIU Blackboard site at: http://webcourses.niu.edu
A Look At What's Next For Blackboard - May 2016 Upgrade
Blackboard Learn, the course management system utiilized by Northern Illinois University faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and students, continues to be an important platform for facilitating teaching at learning at NIU, with over 96% of students and 92% of teaching faculty using the system during Fall 2015. Over the past several years, there have been significant upgrades implemented to the system which have added many new features as well as an improved overall user experience.
The upcoming upgrade will be completed over Memorial Day weekend, from May 28 - May 29, 2016 and will provide an even more user friendly and modern experience for students and faculty alike. An outage will be necessary to perform the upgrade, and details will be announced as they become available. In this upgrade, existing features have been improved and some exciting new features added to make the user experience more accessible and efficient.