Blackboard Outage / Upgrade Notice

Date Posted: 05/04/2007

A major upgrade is scheduled to be performed on Blackboard over Memorial Day weekend. The outage is tentatively scheduled to begin at 9 PM on Saturday, May 26th. The new version of Blackboard, version 7.1, is scheduled to be available at 8 AM on Tuesday, May 29th. During this time, Blackboard ( will be UNAVAILABLE. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Version 7.1 will bring many new features and changes to our Blackboard environment. There will be several opportunities to learn more about these upcoming features. Major feature changes are documented online at

There is also an upcoming workshop for faculty/staff scheduled to be held May 10th. More information can be found online at:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at

Need Technical Assistance?

Call the IT Service Desk at 815.753.8100, email, or submit a ticket at

Need Assistance Teaching with Blackboard?

Call the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning at 815.797.2477 or email

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