Blackboard Learn Upgrade: Memorial Day Weekend 2016

Posted: 5/5/16

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 28, 2016, and will complete by 5:00 AM on Sunday, May 29, 2016. The Blackboard Learn system ( will be unavailable during this time.

The latest version of Blackboard Learn, October 2014 Release, will introduce several new and exciting features, including:

  • Spell Check
    The Content Editor spell check option is now ON by default.
  • Goal Performance Dashboard
    The Goal Performance Dashboard can help you better understand how your students are performing in a course. The dashboard displays course goals and the assessments that you map to them. You can quickly determine how a student's individual grades contribute to their achievement of course goals.
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
    Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. Collaborate with the Ultra experience opens right in your browser, so you don't have to install any software to join a session.

To learn more about the upcoming features, please visit

The Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center will be holding workshops and hands-on sessions to preview the new features. To sign up for a workshop please visit

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Service Desk 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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