Coming in July 2011: New version of Blackboard

07 March 2011

Blackboard, LJMU’s virtual learning environment, is to receive a major upgrade this summer.

Image of Blackboard logoThe latest release of the software combines a new intuitive interface with easy access to ‘next generation’ social networking and teaching tools to promote active student engagement.

The Academic Enhancement Unit will be running sessions to give staff and students a sneak preview of the new and improved Blackboard between March and July. Staff will also be able to ‘play’ with the new version and see how they can use it’s enhanced functionality as part of their programme delivery before it goes live in July.

As in previous years, the upgrade will require a period of downtime. In response to feedback, it has been decided to schedule downtime to coincide with Graduation Week, the period with smallest impact for general student learning.

This means that Blackboard will be unavailable to staff and students between 5.00pm Friday 8 July and 9.00am Monday 18 July.

The University apologises for any inconvenience that this downtime will cause but hopes that by letting staff and students know well in advance, they can plan effectively for this temporary loss of service.

Further details on the new functionality offered by Blackboard 9.1 and the planned training programme will be posted on the LJMU website. If you have any queries, please contact Alice Bird, Ext 8660,  

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