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Scheduled Blackboard Outage - Memorial Day Weekend 2012

Date posted: 4/20/2012

Blackboard 9.1 SP8

A significant upgrade is scheduled to be performed to the Blackboard Learn System over Memorial Day weekend. The upgrade will begin at 7:00 AM on Saturday, May 26th, 2012, and will complete by 7 AM on Monday, May 28th, 2012. The Blackboard Learn System ( will be UNAVAILABLE during this time.

The latest version of Blackboard Learn, 9.1 Service Pack 8 (SP8), will deliver a new interface more in-line with today's web 2.0 experience. The result will be a cleaner, less cluttered, and more contemporary user experience.

Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP8 will introduce several new exciting features, including:

  • Course-to-Course Navigation: Easily navigate from one course to another with one click.
  • Course Structures: Choose from a wide variety of pre-built course structures (number of content areas, menu layout, etc) to match the pedagogical needs of your course.
  • Course Themes: Personalize the look and feel of your course. A wide list of themes will be available.
  • Negative Marking: Allows the use of negative point values for incorrect answers on Assessment questions.
  • Automated Regrading: Change a Test question, and have Blackboard automatically recalculate the score for all submissions affected by the change.

To learn more about the upcoming features, please visit

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 815-753-8100 or

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