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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 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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