Blackboard will experience a service pack upgrade this Saturday, August 3, during scheduled maintenance. The system will be unavailable from 6pm CST, Saturday, August 3 until 12am CST, Sunday, August 4.
The new Service Pack 11 is designed to improve existing features, most notably a more robust Text Editor [Opens in New Window] and an improved discussion forum [Opens in New Window] that can require first posting before revealing others’ posts.
Some new features have also been added to the new version to make the user experience simpler and more efficient for both instructors and students. New features include:
- Calendar synching with due dates [Opens in New Window]
- Assessment Item Analysis [Opens in New Window]
- Retention Center [Opens in New Window] that allows instructors to track students’ progress, specifically those at risk