Blackboard upgrade and unavailability update

Posted by rmt22 at Dec 06, 2018 03:31 PM |
From Saturday 15 to Monday 17 December Blackboard will be unavailable as it is being upgraded.

Following your feedback, we have reduced the period of unavailability considerably.  You will be unable to access Blackboard from the start of Saturday 15 December 2018 until midday on Monday 17 December 2018. Turnitin (including GradeMark), Reflect lecture capture (Panopto) and Blackboard Collaborate will also be unavailable.

Why are we doing this

Support for our current version of Blackboard ends in December 2018, so we need to upgrade to an up-to-date version before this time. The new version can be updated more easily and regularly, so in future we will not need to lose access to Blackboard for long periods while it is being updated.

What will change

There will be only minor changes to Blackboard and you shouldn’t notice any significant differences.  We will let you know more details nearer the time.

What happens next

We have asked departments to forward a message to their students to let them know what is happening.

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