Blackboard Planned Maintance Downtime 12/20 – 12/23

Hello ECU Faculty, Staff and Students –
You have be forwarded to this page because Blackboard is currently offline.  Blackboard is currently unavailable for a planned downtime that started on 12/20 at 8am and will run through 12/22 5pm.

Timeline:
12/20 – 8:05am – Blackboard is now offline
12/21 – 11:50am – Q/A testing .

FAQ’s

 – When is the downtime?  The planned downtime is from 8am on 12/20 through 5pm on 12/22.

– Who does the downtime affect? 
Everyone.  Nobody will be able to login to Blackboard during this planned maintenance window.

– Where can I ask a question about the downtime?
  Here.  We encourage you to ask questions about the downtime in the comments section.  We will reply back in that area.

– I’m a student.  Will Blackboard look and work the same as it did before the upgrade?
  Yes

– I’m a faculty member. Will Blackboard look and work the same as it did before the upgrade?
Yes.  But… you will notice some nice enhancements to the following features.

****Here’s a Blog Post with all of the details on the three new feature enhancements.****

  • Announcements – You can now send your announcements out as emails  Video Tutorial
  • Exams – You now have a feature that will auto save all answers on an exam after a give amount of time.  E.G.  All test questions are auto saved after 5 minutes and the test closes out. Video Tutorial
  • Rubrics – Rubrics are not viewable for the student and are directly embedded into the gradebook from the faculty point of view.  Anything that can be graded can be assigned a rubric. Rubrics can be shared and copied in Bb as well. Video Tutorial
If you have any questions about the downtime you are encouraged to leave a comment on this blog post.  We will answer all questions in a timely manner.  If you have any technical questions about the new features, I encourage you to ask them inside the Bb9 Yammer Group.
You can also email me directly at longm@ecu.edu.
Happy Holidays,
- Matt Long
Bb Support Team

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