Blackboard To Get A Facelift in May
We are writing to you to inform you of some upcoming changes to Blackboard that will be implemented in the next couple of weeks. On May 21, 2012, from 4:00 AM – 4:00 PM the Blackboard servers will be taken offline in order to install a new service pack upgrade. The upgrade will not affect the functionality of Blackboard. The tools and features that you have grown accustomed to will remain the same, so there will be no need to re-train yourselves on how to use Blackboard. This upgrade will include a few additional options available to the user within areas such as the grade center, but they are minor in nature and we will be sure to make available resources on all the changes included.
The most significant impact of the upgrade and the one that you will notice immediately will be with regard to the look and feel of Blackboard. The user interface has been updated to a more modern and cleaner default theme. This has been done to enhance usability and make the interface more intuitive.
Below is a 2-minute video of the same course in Blackboard viewed through our current version of Blackboard as well as the new version being rolled out later this month. You will notice subtle changes between the two versions, most notably the absence of all the control features up front on the new version. These control features are still available but will only be made visible when a user hovers over the item they are looking to edit. So for example, if an instructor is looking to edit an item that they have uploaded to one of their content areas, they will need to hover the mouse over the item in order for the item options dropdown menu to appear.
Click on the following link to see a short video highlighting the new default theme and user interface:
For more information on the changes to Blackboard as a result of the upgrade, please visit our previous blog post – http://ctlt.blogs.pace.edu/2012/04/blackboard-9-1-enhancements-in-service-pack-8/
Additionally, if you have any questions about this upgrade, please feel free to contact your respective CTLT office or send us an email at CTLT@pace.edu.