Blackboard 9.1 July 2015

The Blackboard upgrade for 2015 will occur during the inter-semester break, on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of July.  This is the first weekend of the recess.  Blackboard will be unavailable over that weekend, with service restored for Monday 6th of July.  The changes to functionality are expected to be low-impact from student and instructors point of view.  For more information about the upgrade, please visit the 2015 upgrade page.

Blackboard 9.1 - April 2014

The Blackboard upgrade scheduled for Sunday 23 and Monday 24 November 2014 was unsuccessful due to technical issues experienced during the upgrade process.  ITS is troubleshooting the causes of the problem and is consulting with stakeholders to identify a suitable outage window to complete the upgrade. The University’s Learning Management System must be upgraded regularly to maintain security and comply with vendor support requirements. Please view the Learn.UQ upgrade timeline 2014 for further information. 

History

Blackboard 9.1 - SP13 (2013)

The Blackboard LMS was last upgraded in November 2013. This upgrade delivered new functionality and tools requested by instructors. New functionality included an improved discussion board, an improved text editor, inline grading in Blackboard assignments and additional test settings. New tools included Social learning tools for student collaboration and the Retention Centre which allows instructors to identify at risk students.

Blackboard 9.1 - SP9 (2012)

All semesters starting in 2013 are using the new look Blackboard. The changes were focused on an improved look and feel, simpler navigation, and a new Blackboard mobile for students. A quick guide on the change (made from the SP7 version) is available.

Instructors may want to consider social media integrations that are already possible in the current Blackboard version, including  Flickr integration, YouTube integration, and Slideshare integration, or the new desktop lecture recording tool, or the new SI-net grade merging tool.

Blackboard 9.1 - SP7 (2011)

Blackboard was upgraded to version 9.1 Service Pack 7 in November 2011. From Semester 1 2012 UQ adopted Blackboard's Wikis and Blogs system, to replace Learning Objects. Legacy wiki and blog information remained available until October 2012 as read-only.

  • As part of the Minimum Presence Initiative from Semester 1 - 2012 all year 4 and 5 courses automatically have instructors enrolled. These courses joined the year 1-3 courses in a requirement by the Teaching & Learning committee to have a Blackboard presence and be active.

  • All staff and students now have access to course materials of all UQ courses through the Guest Access Initiative (starting with Summer Semester).