Scheduled Blackboard Outage - June 8, 2013

Date posted: 4/18/2012

See What's Better

A significant upgrade is scheduled to be performed to the Blackboard Learn System on June 8, 2013. The upgrade will begin at 12:00 AM and will complete by 11:00 PM. The Blackboard Learn System ( will be UNAVAILABLE during this time.

The latest version of Blackboard Learn, 9.1 Service Pack 11 (SP11), will introduce several new exciting features, including:

  • New Content Editor: Vastly improves the user experience for formatting text, pasting content from Word, and more.
  • Assessment Item Analysis: Provides statistics on overall test performance on individual test questions.
  • Assessment Fill-in-the-Blank Question Enhancement : Fill-in-the-Blank and Fill-in-Multiple-Blanks questions now offers regular expression options for grading answers.
  • My Blackboard: Create your own profile and discover and interact with others in your academic network.
  • Inline Assignment Grading: View, annotate, and grade student-submitted files "inline" without the need to download any files.
  • Retention Center: Identify at-risk students by using pre-configured rules or by creating your own.
  • New Calendar: Sporting a new UI, the new calendar now integrates fully into your courses. Never miss an assignment again.
  • Blackboard Drive: View, edit, and manage your Content System files right from your desktop.

To learn more about the upcoming features, please visit the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center's upgrade page at

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, 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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