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Blackboard Upgrade Coming May 23

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 14, 2010

Blackboard, the program that provides for live online discussions and makes course information such as assignments and tests available via the Internet, will be upgraded to Blackboard 9 on Sunday, May 23.

Blackboard accounts are created automatically for all faculty, staff and students.

The improved version adds new tools and enhanced features such as navigation tabs at the top of the screen to resources like the library, the Blackboard content management system, and Webcat. There also are links to online tutorials to learn about Blackboard 9.

Access to e-mail, booklists, calendars and class information is still listed on the left side of the screen. A list of Blackboard courses and organizations is posted on the right side.

A chevron is used to expand or collapse menus, hide or display tool lists, and manage the course menu. Just click on the chevron to update or review content and settings without leaving the Blackboard frame. All the tools previously available in the control panel are now available from the same location, without leaving the course environment. 

 Content can be added or changed without having to click on the control panel.

Academic Technology is offering training overviews for all academic departments to ensure faculty members are comfortable with the new interface. Sessions will be offered throughout the spring semester.

The session will introduce users to the look and feel of Blackboard 9, explain the changes and new features, and provide resources for learning more about the upgrade.

Blackboard 9 training is being offered by Academic Technology as part of its regular training as well. Register at http://idctraining.unh.edu/courses/68.html. To schedule a department overview contact April Rau at april.rau@unh.edu or call 2-3111.

For more information visit it.unh.edu/bbupgrade. Questions or concerns? Contact Laurie Trufant, L.Trufant@unh.edu , 2-4394.


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