Blackboard Upgrade 2018


Start Date: February 2018     Proposed End Date: September 2018
❱ Project Status: Active

Blackboard will be upgraded week commencing 9th July 2018. Throughout the upgrade there will be a read-only version of Blackboard available from 7 July 2018. Staff and students will be able to access Blackboard in the usual way, however any changes made to sites or content on the read-only version will not be retained when the upgraded version of Blackboard is made available. The upgrade will be completed within the working week and will become available following successful internal testing.

Further information about the upgrade to Blackboard will follow. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the upgrade, please email

❱ Project Lead: Andy Beggan
❱ In collaboration with: Sammie Harnin, Matt Cavill, Matt Darch, Ben Atkinson, Mike Shaw, Chavan Kissoon, Amanda Marlor & colleagues in the ICT department.

What are the aims of this project?

Upgraded Blackboard to Q2 2017 version
Upgraded Blackboard interface

Benefits of Blackboard Upgrade:

The upgrade to Blackboard will introduce some new features for staff and students, including
An enhanced responsive design for mobile and tablet devices, featuring fully responsive menus within module sites and main Blackboard tabs, responsive blogs and discussion boards.
Improvements to assessments and submissions made by Blackboard, including the introduction of receipts for Blackboard submissions, an enhanced submission process and the autosaving of Blackboard rubrics.
The ability to upload multiple files via drag and drop in a broader range of locations across Blackboard.
 An easier way to make sites available to students and to see which sites are currently available via a toggle button located next to the Student Preview button.
❱ The ability to make Blackboard Collaborate sessions available to select students within a module site rather than just a whole cohort.

Supporting Resources

➥ Blackboard Support

Project update –

❱ Date: March 2018

Working group with Digital Education and ICT will meet fortnightly. Blackboard will be upgraded week commencing 9th July 2018. Communication to be sent to all staff.

❱ Date: April 2018

All staff email has been circulated. Development environment in place for any changes to be tested by the Digital Education Developers.

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