Post updated December 26, 2017.
Blackboard will be offline starting Monday, December 27 for a scheduled upgrade. Here’s what to expect when Blackboard comes back online at the close of business on Wednesday, December 28.
What you’ll see when Blackboard is back online: Collaborate Ultra, a browser-based version of the virtual classroom/video conferencing tool.
What you won’t see: the Learning Objects building block (Campus Pack Blog, Wiki, Podcast, and Journal tools) will be discontinued.
During the upgrade, you will not be able to upload grades or export any content.
Here are five things to do before the upgrade.
- Upload grades to Blackboard using Excel.
- Export a course package so you can import it into a blank course shell for next semester. This will save you lots of time; you don’t have to recreate materials you will be using again.
- Make an archive copy of your fall course. In contrast to an exported Course Package, an archive copy includes student performance records.
- If you used any of the Learning Object Campus Pack tools, you’ll have to manually copy and paste them into the corresponding Blackboard tools.
- Make your fall course unavailable by accessing Customization settings.
While you’re waiting for Blackboard to come back online:
- Explore the video tutorials at Lynda.com. Log in with your QC ID at http://lynda.qc.cuny.edu.
- Learn about Collaborate Ultra. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is the upgraded version of Collaborate, a virtual classroom tool. The new Collaborate Ultra is a massive improvement on the old system, being browser-based and easier to use. If you’ve use Blackboard Collaborate in the past, you may be glad to know that Collaborate Ultra opens directly in a browser window and you won’t have to download a launcher.