Blackboard Updates

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

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).  


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

Campus Guidance log updates-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)

Environment Updates by Blackboard, Inc.

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


Blackboard was updated to Q4 2016 on August 12, 2017. To learn more about the new features, watch our Bb Tour Video.



March 1, 2017 – the Blackboard Updates Web page went live, announcement posted on the Blackboard Login page.

Spring 2017 - Demos were available on campus and online (March - May).

August 11, 2017 - Blackboard was unavailable at 10 p.m. until noon on August 12, 2017. 


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