Blackboard Upgrade Scheduled over Winter Break

ITS is scheduled to upgrade the Blackboard Learn course management system during Winter Break.  We will upgrade to the Blackboard 9.1 April 2014 release.  This update brings new and improved features that produce a more effective workflow for instructors.  The following is an overview of changes:

Detailed Blackboard enhancement descriptions can be found by clicking on the description name or the link after each description.

Accessing the Blackboard 9.1 Test Environment
A new Blackboard test system is now available for all faculty and staff for testing and reviewing Blackboard functionality. This new test environment will allow users the opportunity to have a test area for experimenting with new functionality without impacting/disrupting their real courses and the students in those courses. 
To access the test environment please go to:

You will use your existing Blackboard username and password to access the test system. Please note it is each user’s responsibility to be sure to use the test environment for testing activities and the production environment for real, live activities for your Blackboard classes. These are two separate systems and each is independent of the other. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please send your input

Blackboard Upgrade Plan
Beginning December 4, faculty are encouraged to preview the changes in the test environment. 
If any significant issues come to light during the faculty review of the new version, we will not upgrade during the December break.  Please send any questions, issues or concerns you might have to: