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Blackboard upgrade scheduled for June 28-29

Published: 18 June 2013

Blackboard will be unavailable during a scheduled upgrade beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 28, until noon Saturday, June 29.

If the process goes smoothly, Blackboard may become available as early as late Friday night.

Top 5 reasons to be excited for the upgrade:

  • "Inline" assignment grading: Open student-submitted assignments directly within Blackboard and provide comments, highlights, drawings, annotation and other feedback without downloading the file!
  • Customizable testing options and feedback: Customize exceptions for individuals or groups of students for test availability, timed tests, auto-submit, and forced completion, and create rules to release progressive test feedback while keeping test results secure and preventing cheating.
  • Discussion board enhancements: Option to require students to "post first" before viewing other students' posts, and options for better viewing and sorting of posts.
  • Video everywhere: Instructors and students can easily record, embed and reuse video throughout a course, and videos can be automatically uploaded to a personal YouTube account.
  • Student retention center: Customizable options for tracking students’ engagement and participation, and tools for quick communication to help students take immediate action for improvement.

To learn more about what's better, go to: www.ndsu.edu/its/blackboard-upgrade 

Please contact the IT Help Desk if you have questions.


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Last Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013