Information Resources and Technologies Blackboard Support announces:
Details are listed below.
Blackboard updates coming
IRT will install the latest Blackboard updates starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. The planned outage will start at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and will last until noon Sunday, August 5. During installation, Blackboard will be unavailable.
Last summer, UST moved to the next generation of Blackboard – Blackboard Learn 9.1. This update builds upon the enhanced functionality and improved user experience delivered with 9.1. After this update, UST will be on the most current version of Blackboard.
What’s new for faculty?
This update includes a number of enhancements and bug fixes. Enhanced usability, based on extensive user feedback, is the major theme of this upgrade – overall functionality hasn’t changed significantly. The major enhancements include:
What’s new for students?
Students will adjust easily to the new interface; it provides a more streamlined look and feel on top of familiar Blackboard tools and functionality.
For more information and a preview of what’s new in Service Pack 8, go to blackboard.com.
Starting fall semester, 2012, IRT is increasing the quotas for Blackboard courses and organizations from 250 MB to 1 GB. Requests for increases beyond 1 GB should be submitted to the IRT Tech Desk.
Starting in late fall, IRT will archive and will delete older courses and course content from Blackboard. The general policy is to include two full years of courses in Blackboard. The purpose of this policy is to maximize the performance of the Blackboard system, prevent unnecessary server and storage costs, and to reduce the large number of courses listed on the “Courses” tab.
IRT recognizes that many faculty reuse course materials from previously taught courses by copying or otherwise moving content to a current course. If you plan to access materials in courses beyond this two-year window, IRT recommends that you archive these courses between now and late fall. Academic technology consultants can help with this as needed.
IRT will send several reminders and specific dates in the fall.