Timetable for the move to Blackboard Managed Hosting

As you will be aware from earlier communications, the University’s Blackboard VLE is being moved to a platform hosted by the Blackboard company (See blog post about why we are moving to managed hosting).

In order to complete this, Blackboard will be unavailable OR available as ‘read-only’ for periods of time in August as outlined below.

Please note these times are subject to minor change.  All times are British Summer Time (BST).

From To Status
Thursday 6th 13.00 Friday 7th 19.00
Blackboard and Turnitin unavailable
Friday 7th 19.00
Friday 14th 09.00
Blackboard available as “read-only”
(see below)Turnitin available with recommendations (see below)
Friday 14th 09.00 Friday 14th  12.00
Blackboard and Turnitin unavailable
Friday 14th 12.00
New hosted Blackboard becomes available


“Read-Only”:  During the “read-only” period (7th – 14th August) staff and students should refrain from making any changes on Blackboard. Any changes made to Blackboard in this period WILL be lost.  This includes submissions made using the Blackboard Assignment tool. Continue reading

Blackboard Upgrade – Summer 2015

The upgrade of Blackboard in the summer to the latest version (9.1 2014) will provide you with access to some new and enhanced features. Here is a round-up of some of the new features:

A real student preview. Instructors can see exactly what a student sees in a course area, including the ability to submit assignments, take an online test or join a group, and even view results in My Grades.

True Anonymous grading using the Blackboard assignment tool.

Delegated marking of Blackboard assignments. This feature provides a streamlined online workflow for the allocation of assignments to markers, double marking and the reconciliation of grades.

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Blackboard moving to managed hosting

What is managed hosting?

We are really pleased to announce that Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment is moving to managed hosting. This means that the servers used to provide the Blackboard software and file storage will be provided off-site by the Blackboard company.

This will improve the reliability and performance of Blackboard and enable us to introduce the latest features of the software with minimal disruption (or even no downtime at all).

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