Blackboard Next Generation

Introducing Blackboard Next Generation (Release 9.1)

Major Blackboard Upgrade to Next Generation Release - May 2011

Blackboard NG

On May 29, 2011, Blackboard Next Generation (NG) made its campus-wide debut at NIU. This is the most significant upgrade of Blackboard since it was first introduced at NIU almost ten years ago.

In addition to delivering a redesigned, updated interface, Blackboard NG simplifies the process of creating and editing courses, facilitates classroom collaboration, allows for better organization of course materials and assignments, streamlines the notification system of course updates, and allows you to customize the course to meet your needs.

The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center has been busy preparing for the upgrade through a variety of testing and piloting projects during spring 2011 and is offering a wide range of training programs and resources to assist faculty and teaching assistants with the change.

New workshops for spring and summer 2011  include the following:

  • Preview sessions prior to upgrade (online and F2F)
  • Hands-on workshops for new users
  • “Tune-up” workshops for experienced users
  • “Blackboard Boot Camp” days of in-depth advanced sessions
  • Open lab sessions every day of the first week of summer and fall semesters for individual assistance

Workshop schedules and registration details are available at

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Additional manuals, quick guides, and tutorials developed by Blackboard are also available in addition to workshops and podcasts from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

Last Updated: 5/30/2011