Bb changes

This corrects a previous post, which I have deleted. The change is in the last bulleted item.

Changes are a-comin’ for University of Kentucky Blackboard next week, and here’s what you need to know if you are a faculty member or an instructor:

  • The upgrade is to Bb 8.0, which University of Kentucky contributed significantly to in development and testing. UK’s own Nick McClure presents at Bb World in July.
  • UKIT plans this upgrade so that we can take advantage of improved Bb reliability and performance.
  • The most noticeable change will be in the Grade Center (which replaces the previous gradebook).
  • The change will happen between May 5 and May 6.  Servers will go down at 6pm on May 5 (two hours after spring semester grades are due) so that UKIT can perform the upgrade; servers will be back up by 2am May 6.
  • Preview the change with the Getting Started guide.
  • More help can be found here. Also, dont’ forget about the 24/7 support page, where you can find a phone number (at the top of the page), engage in real-time chat, or submit a ticket.
  • If you will be teaching a course that begins before and continues after the upgrade, I strongly urge you to download your gradebook as a backup before the upgrade takes place. Here’s how: 1.) Open your gradebook via the Control Panel. Click the Download button at the top and Submit. 2.) On the next screen, click the Download button to save the file to your hard drive.



One Response

  1. AHHHHHH the sky is falling!!!!

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