Blackboard Learn Outage Associated with May 2018 Upgrade
An upgrade is scheduled to be performed to the Blackboard Learn System to migrate from local servers to Blackboard's Cloud Service (SaaS) and to upgrade to the Q2 2018 Release.
The upgrade and migration will require 2 outages, durign which Blackboard Learn will be unavailable. Between these outages, Blackboard Learn will be in read-only mode for all completed courses, all future courses, all Shells, and all Communities. Intersession and College of Law courses will still be active, with the exception of the outages, so that students and faculty can participate fully in these courses.
Friday, May 18 @ 11 PMBlackboard will be unavailable at this time for all courses.
Migration to the Cloud
Saturday, May 19 @ 11 AM to Monday, May 28 @ 12 PMBlackboard will be available, but completed and future Courses, Shells and all Communities will be in read-only mode. Any changes made during this time will be lost during the second outage.
Intersession courses (any course which is scheduled to begin before or during the read-only window) and Spring 2018 College of Law courses will be live and will be migrated automatically during the second outage.
Monday, May 28 @ 12 PMBlackboard will be unavailable at this time for all courses.
Tuesday, May 29 @ 12:01 AMBlackboard will be available and fully operational for all courses.
During the read-only phase of the migration (May 19, 11 AM to May 28, 12 PM) you will be able to access all of your Blackboard Courses, Shells and Communities. This will allow you and your students to review materials, download files and access grade information. Any changes made during the read-only phase will be lost during the second outage and will not be available on the new cloud servers.
You will be reminded that the system is in read-only mode with a banner when you log into Blackboard.
Intersession and College of Law Courses
Spring 2018 College of Law courses and any course that is active during intersession will remain live throughout the read-only phase and will be manually migrated during the final outage. If you are teaching an affected course, you will receive further information about this directly.
For the purposes of this migration, intersession includes any course that begins before or during the read-only phase. Between May 19, 11 AM and May 28, 12 PM, you and your students can interact with these courses normally, including uploading materials, submitting student work, or grading. All data from these courses will be preserved during the final move to the cloud servers.
If your course has been identified as an intersession course, you will be notified with a banner when you log into Blackboard. Note that only your intersession course(s) will be live; your other courses will be in read-only mode.
The latest version of Blackboard Learn, 9.1 Q2 2018, will introduce several new exciting features, including:
- Migration to Blackboard Cloud Service (SaaS): more flexibility for server capacity, quicker feature releases, and future upgrades without an outage
- A built-in tool to track attendance: mark student attendance for each class meeting and incorporate it into grade calculations
- Quick clean up the Grade Center : delete multiple columns at once
- Assignment submission receipts: students will receive email confirmation for assignment submissions in addition to seeing a confirmation code in the browser
To learn more about the upcoming features and more, please visit www.niu.edu/blackboard/upgrade
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