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Blackboard upgrade this weekend

From Jenny Darrow, Academic Technology:

We are very excited to announce the upcoming upgrade of Blackboard 7.3 to Blackboard 9.1. The upgrade will take place July 3 at 12:30 a.m. and will be complete by 12:30 a.m. on the 5th. You will not have access to Blackboard during this time.

The Blackboard team is looking forward to the new functionality and flexibility the system can provide. While most of the basic tools do not change, the overall interface has been updated and contains new features, navigation, customization options and advanced functions that will provide you and your students with greater opportunities for interaction and sharing.

This release of Blackboard adds several exciting new features including:

  • Drag and drop functionality for both students and instructors
  • Blogs, journals, and wikis
  • Updated (i.e. more manageable) Group tools
  • Useful (and needed) enhancements to the existing Assignments tool and the Grade Center

Since this upgrade involves a slight learning curve for most users, we plan on providing you with many learning opportunities, including workshops, one-on-one training opportunities and a new updated Blackboard resource site. We will be sending out much more information in the very near future. In the meantime, you can begin by looking at the Bb-created tutorials located at

If you have questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us at We are more than happy to assist you.

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