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Scheduled Blackboard Outage: May 24-25, 2014

Posted: 4/29/2014

See What's Better

A significant upgrade is scheduled to be performed to the Blackboard Learn System over Memorial Day Weekend. The upgrade will begin at 5:00 AM on Saturday, May 24, 2014 and will complete by 5:00 AM on Sunday, May 25, 2014. The Blackboard Learn System ( will be UNAVAILABLE during this time.

The latest version of Blackboard Learn, 9.1 Service Pack 14 (SP14), will introduce several new exciting features, including:

  • Quick Links: Improved navigation experience for keyboard-only users.
  • Date Management: Seamlessly "shift" content and dates in a course following a course copy.
  • Achievements: Add excitement and recognition to courses by offering badges and certificates for course progress.
  • Test Exceptions: Use Text Exceptions to define customized delivery settings for specific students or groups, such as number of attempts, timer, auto submit, etc.
  • Group Management - Enhancement: Easily manage multiple groups, create Grade Center Smart Views, and more.
  • Inline Assignment Grading - Enhancement: Grading just got even easier with new full screen mode. Inline grading is now also available for Blogs, Journals, and Discussion Boards..
  • Grade Center - Enhancement: Adjust total points possible for a test, use values greater than 100% for grading schemas, and more.
  • My Grades - Enhancement: New inline feedback and custom re-ordering options for students.
  • Course Message Notification: Course messaging notifications are now integrated into Notification Dashboard and My Blackboard.
  • Blackboard Collaborate - Enhancement: Schedule sessions with simplified settings or use permanent rooms for each course and faculty/instructor

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

Need Technical Assistance?

Call the IT Service Desk at 815.753.8100 or email

Need Assistance Teaching with Blackboard?

Call the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at 815.753.0595 or email

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