Colleagues will be aware that we had previously scheduled this summer’s Blackboard upgrade for 25th June, but this had to be postponed when Blackboard’s quality checks identified a software defect. This bug was quickly resolved, and we are currently testing the revised software version on our Staging system.
We are keen to take advantage of new features offered by the latest version, and have provisionally rescheduled the upgrade for 6th – 7th August.
The upgrade requires system downtime.
Blackboard and Turnitin will be unavailable
from 7.20 p.m. on Sunday 6th August
until no later than midday on Monday 7th August
We will endeavour to complete all post-upgrade checks, and have Blackboard back online, by mid-morning on Monday 7th, but the whole of the morning should be considered as being “at risk”.
This downtime window has been planned to minimise disruption, and particularly to avoid any disruption to those resitting exams.
Our apologies if the revised schedule does cause any inconvenience for you and your learners.