The University’s Blackboard VLE is being moved to a platform hosted by the Blackboard company. This will improve the reliability and performance of Blackboard, and enable us in future to introduce new features with minimal disruption (or even no downtime at all).
In order to complete this move, Blackboard will be unavailable OR available as ‘read-only’ for periods of time in August as outlined below.
Note that these are indicative and may be subject to minor change. All times are British Summer Time (BST).
|Thursday 6 13.00||Friday 7 19.00 (approximate)||Blackboard and Turnitin unavailable|
|Friday 7 19.00 (approximate)||Friday 14 09.00 (approximate)||Blackboard available as “read-only” (see below)|
|Friday 14 09.00||Friday 14 12.00 (approximate)||Blackboard and Turnitin unavailable|
|Friday 14 12.00 (approximate)||New hosted Blackboard becomes available|
“Read-Only”: During the “read-only” period (7 – 14 August) any changes made to Blackboard WILL be lost. This includes submissions made using the Blackboard Assignment tool.
You will be reminded of this both on the login page and inside Blackboard.
Access to Turnitin: Because Turnitin is a separate system, you will still be able to access and submit work to Turnitin even when Blackboard is in a “read-only” state.
On courses where there is a submission deadline during this period, staff have been advised to inform students if there are any changes to submission arrangements. If in doubt, please contact your lecturer or course administrator.
Building for the future: Inevitably, these changes will cause inconvenience for some users. However this disruption will pay dividends in the long run – not only will the new platform be faster and more resilient, but maintenance and system updates will be easier to schedule and quicker to implement in future, with far less impact and downtime for Blackboard users.
Advance notice – Blackboard upgrade: Proposed timings: Blackboard will be unavailable from mid-morning on 31 August (Bank Holiday Monday) until approximately 10.00 on Tuesday 1 September. Further details of this upgrade will follow in due course.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused while these improvements are taking place.