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Blackboard to be Upgraded Jan. 8-10, 2014

WT2014 Courses Available Dec.4, 2013, on Separate Server

August 16, 2013 3:08 PM
To install the latest version of Blackboard, the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) will upgrade UMBC's production Blackboard system from January 8 to 10, 2014.  During this time, Winter 2014 Bb courses will run on a separate Bb server and be created by December 4, 2013. After the WT2014 semester is completed (and the SP2014 semester is started), Winter courses will be migrated to the new production Bb server, typically by the end of Spring Break.

Currently, we are running version 9.1.9 and plan to upgrade to version 9.1.13 (depending on what version is available in October when the Winter server is built). In addition to staying current with Bb's latest release, the latest version of Bb will give us access to several new features that include the following:



Before the upgrade, anyone can see how these features look and function now by trying out a demo instance on the free coursesites.blackboard.com:



After the upgrade, DoIT will provide face-to-face and online "Bb Drop In" sessions. We also are very willing to support cohort-based training for departments that can assure a minimum of four (4) faculty and/or staff will be present (dates & times TBD). To request cohort training, submit an "online learning" request via rt.umbc.edu. Please use “Bb Cohort Training Request” in the subject line.


As always, for on-demand video-demos, short text tips & answers to UMBC's most frequently asked questions about Blackboard, click on the "Blackboard Help" tab inside UMBC's Blackboard system or visit www.umbc.edu/blackboard/help, which is part of a larger FAQ knowledge base at www.umbc.edu/faq.
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