Once again it is time for Blackboard module rollover to take place. This will happen week commencing the 24th July and your 17/18 modules will all be available from Monday 31st July. You will not experience any downtime during this process. Any new modules for 17/18 will be created at the same time. Your new modules will proceed with an L, for example, L1718-DEN1102.
Please see the Module Rollover Guide which details the process and answers some of the questions we regularly get asked.
It is important to highlight that Blackboard tests are rolled over but are not deployed. This is no different to last year but we have had some queries about it over the course of 16/17. Manually deploying tests after rollover prevents them being leaked early and allows you to make any changes to the tests for the new cohort of students before they are released. It also prevents the creation of redundant columns in the Grade Centre for any tests no longer required.
Blackboard will be unavailable on Saturday 5th August 2017 as we carry out a summer upgrade of the system. This update will introduce a number of significant changes and improved functionality:
- Responsive design
Blackboard will rescale depending on the screen size used to access it which will improve the user experience on all devices.
- New accessible theme
This provides a more consistent and standardised user experience across Blackboard Learn and the mobile applications and has been designed in line with WCAG 2.0 principles which ensures that it follows accessibility guidelines. If you previously used a customised colour scheme this will switch to the new default theme and cannot be changed.
- Updated Icon Set
A new icon set will be visible within your modules.
- Drag and Drop
When creating content, users will have the option of dragging files into Blackboard, for example, when adding items, creating blog and journal entries and when submitting to a Blackboard assignment.
- Blackboard assignment submission receipts
Students who submit to a Blackboard assignment will now receive a notification email for each attempt with information about the submission. Instructors can access submission receipts by going to the Grade Centre > Reports > Submission Receipts > Type in Student’s Name.
Reminders can be sent to students who haven’t yet submitted via the Grade Centre Column menu . The automatically generated email contains the module name and ID, assignment title and due date.
- Cancel/Submit Buttons
These are now anchored to the bottom of the page so there is no longer a need to scroll to the bottom of the page to find them.