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All are invited on a guided tour of Blackboard’s new version
All are invited on a guided tour of Blackboard’s new versionMay 06, 2009Chris Finklecfinkle@syr.edu
A guided tour of Blackboard Learn will be held Tuesday, May 19, from 10-11 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in E.S. Bird Library. An upgrade to this version of Blackboard is now under way at the University.
The new version of Blackboard is the first release of Blackboard Next Generation (Blackboard NG), and it brings together the product lines of the former Blackboard and WebCT products. This new version, Blackboard Learn, is highlighted by a new user interface for both users and instructors. New functionality has been added to several existing tools, along with new collaborative tools for communication and group work.
Highlights of Blackboard Learn include:
- new user interface with drag and drop capabilities;
- in-place editing of all materials via context sensitive menu;
- inline confirmations (no receipt pages) and fewer clicks everywhere;
- embedded help throughout the application;
- notification system that allows for customized alerts around system updates and content changes;
- enhanced assignment functionality that allows for multiple attempts and group assignments; and
- new blog and journal tools that support individual and group creation of course materials.
Information Technology and Services (ITS) has under way a project-guided by a team that includes staff from the individual schools and colleges, as well as other campus organizations such as the SU Library, Student Records and the Academic Integrity Office-to upgrade both the computing and network infrastructure that supports Blackboard at SU, as well as upgrade to the latest version of the application, Blackboard Learn (version 9.0). This enhanced system will be available July 15 to support Fall 2009 classes. The current Blackboard system (version 8.0) will continue to be available until Aug. 21 to support classes through the end of the 2009 Summer Sessions.
Blackboard supports more than 2,400 classes (on-campus, distance learning and hybrid) and approximately 300 organizations per semester. The system has a periodic peak of more than 5,000 concurrent users. These numbers are steadily increasing, clear evidence of Blackboard’s academic and strategic value to SU faculty and students.
For up-to-date information on the Blackboard upgrade at SU, visit http://blogs.syr.edu/blackboard9upgrade.
For more information about Blackboard or the upgrade, contact Michael Morrison, manager of academic applications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-1806.