Project Update: Portal (Blackboard) Upgrade

From Jeremy Graham, Technical Manager for Blackboard Learning System Operations:

“In what has become an annual event, staff from CTSI and I+TS will be performing an upgrade on the University’s Blackboard Learn portal ( on Friday May 13th and Saturday May 14th 2011.

The upgrade will bring Blackboard up to the most recent, and now most commonly deployed version of the application – version 9.1.

In addition to fixing a number of known issues with the software, the new version offers several new features. These include course Wikis, a more complete method for managing course files and better integration with third-party media providers such as YouTube. Documentation on the new features will be made available on our Information Site at as it becomes available.

Unfortunately as the upgrade process is disruptive, the portal will be unavailable on the 2 days in question.

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