Blackboard Upgrade Coming in Spring

The campus will be moving from our current Blackboard 8 version to Blackboard 9.1 (or Blackboard Learn) for spring quarter. Courses will be copied over so that faculty and students can continue to reuse their course materials. The Leadership Development for Educators (LEDE) program will also be piloting Blackboard 9.1 during the winter quarter to help ensure that the spring transition to Blackboard 9.1 goes smoothly.

There are a number of improvements in Blackboard 9.1, not the least of which is improved navigation, making it easier to move around the course with less clicking. Other new features that can help meet online teaching and learning needs include:

  • Blogs
  • Journals
  • Wikis
  • Plagiarism detector
  • Central course file repository
  • Drag and drop functionality

There will be training sessions and online help resources available to help everyone make the switch, though a number of faculty at UWB and other institutions who have used Blackboard 9.1 have often found the changes to be fairly intuitive. More information to follow.