Blackboard Updates

This page provides information related to the Blackboard Inc. updates and Blackboard Adoption Initiative.

Environment Updates by Blackboard, Inc.

In August of every year Blackboard, Inc. makes periodic updates to the online environment.

Blackboard will be updated to Q4 2017 on August 11, 2018. Blackboard will be unavailable August 11, 2018 from 10 p.m. until 8 a.m. on August 12, 2018.

IMPROVEMENTS

To learn more about what's new, attend a demo, watch our Bb Tour Video, or read our Faculty features (PDF), and Student features (PDF) documents.

BLACKBOARD INC. UPDATES & COMMUNICATIONS

Timeline

April 9 and May 1, 2018 – Blackboard update announcement to campus through T3, the Blackboard Updates web page, and the Blackboard Login page.

Spring 2018 - Demos available on campus and online (April - May). 

August 11, 2018   Blackboard will be updated to Q4 2017 on August 11, 2018, and will be unavailable at 10 p.m. on August 11 until 8 a.m. on August 12, 2018.

User Improvements by the TU Blackboard Team

The Blackboard Adoption Initiative

The Office of Technology Services (OTS) and the Academic Committee on Technology (ACT) are working together to collect feedback and provide improvements to Towson University's Blackboard Environment. Read more about the initiative in the Executive Summary (PDF).  

Improvements

Based on research from the Blackboard Adoption Initiative, OTS' Information Technology Support Centers group has identified improvements to facilitate more usage. Highlights of improvements will be listed on this page, and detailed changes can be found in the Campus Guidance Log (PDF). 

These are the categories:

  • Education, Documentation & Video: documentation and video tutorials created
  • Training/Consultations: updated and customized workshops & consults
  • Service Awarenessfeatures that are already available but users are unaware
  • Configuration Requestschanging the Bb environment to improve user experience
  • Wish Listenhancement request to Bb Inc. or researching vendors with Bb integrations

These are the highlights:

October 2017 

New Blackboard PeopleSoft Integration: grouping courses by terms, faster student enrollments, accurate Faculty assignments, and updated user account information (Configuration Requests).  

Faculty can schedule an appointment with a Blackboard support representative for questions or technical issues with their course (Training/Consultations).

August 2017

TU specific documentation and video tutorials have been created: Faculty Resources & Student Resources webpages (Education, Documentation & Video).

Multiple attempt filtering, mobile/tablet friendly, easily upload multiple files, submission receipts for students, library TSEM enrollments (Configuration Requests). 

July 2018

Blackboard support returns to campus. Effective June 30, 2018, Towson University ends its contract with the remote service, Blackboard 24/7 support. In response to faculty requests and on-going research, all Blackboard support for faculty and students will be provided by the newly expanded on-campus TU Blackboard team.  


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