Friday, July 30, 2010

Blackboard 9 Upgrade

The time has come for us to upgrade our Blackboard system to Blackboard 9!

Blackboard Downtime for Upgrade:

The upgrade is scheduled to begin on August 12, 2010 and it will take one week to complete. Therefore, Blackboard will be offline and completely unavailable from August 12, 2010 (12:00 midnight) through August 19, 2010 (11:59 p.m.). We expect Blackboard will be back online and available for use on August 20, 2010.

Blackboard Course Request Deadline:

Due to the Blackboard 9 upgrade, all fall 2010 course request forms must be submitted by July 30th . This will guarantee that eLearning Services will process your course request prior to the August 12th upgrade date. Once your form has been processed, we also recommend that you update your fall Blackboard course sites prior to the August 12th upgrade date.

All Blackboard course sites (online and on-campus) become available for student access 7 days prior to the first day of class. Therefore, students registered for courses that begin on August 30, 2010, will have access to their Blackboard course sites on August 23, 2010.

You can find the Blackboard Course Site Request Form at We are only able to accept Blackboard course requests submitted via the online Web form - no emails, phone calls, or paper forms can be processed.

Blackboard 9 Training Materials:

Blackboard 9 looks quite different from our current version of Blackboard. To ensure you are prepared to teach using Blackboard in the fall, it is imperative that you visit and review the Blackboard 9 On-Demand Learning Center on the eLearning website.

Test Drive a Course in Bb9:

Once you review the training materials, you can login to our test server and experiment with a sample course.

To “test drive” a sample course as an instructor, follow the login instructions from the email that was sent by eLearning Services on July 24, 2010.

Once you get the hang of it, we think you will like many of the enhanced features Bb9 has to offer.

Upon completing the training materials and test drive, if you still have questions, we will have Blackboard 9 Problem Resolution Drop-in Hours during opening week. These hours will be included in the opening week schedule.

We appreciate your support as we transition into this new version of Blackboard.