Blackboard Upgrade Scheduled – Friday, August 15

On Friday, August 15, we will be conducting an update to our Blackboard Learn 9.1 system (  We are upgrading from Service Pack 13 to the April 2014 Release.

The update is currently scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm (CDT) on Friday, August 15, 2014.  The system will be unavailable for approximately 15 hours during the update.  The system is expected to be fully up and running by 7:00 am (CDT) on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

There should not be any noticeable formatting changes to the Blackboard system and all of your course materials will remain intact through this update.  However, there are a couple of exciting new features that will accompany this update (see below).  As always, there are some bug fixes that will aid in resolving ongoing issues.

Two exciting new features added to Blackboard:

  1. SafeAssign Integration

The SafeAssign feature (for plagiarism detection) has been integrated into the Assignment object so it will be possible to check a box on an assignment for a SafeAssign report to be generated.  This also means that instructors can use in-line grading on these assignments, eliminating the need to create separate assignments for each purpose (plagiarism detection AND in-line grading).

Click here for more information and a short video:

Note that existing SafeAssignments will be converted to Assignments with plagiarism detection turned on.


  1. Student Preview

There is also an easier to use feature that allows instructors to switch between a student view and back again.  We have a feature installed that does this clumsily but now it will be available at the click of a button: one click to switch to a REAL student view and then a click to switch back.

Click here for more information and demo:


If you have any questions, please let us know using the Instructor Help Request Form


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