Blackboard SP13 Pilot Information

This blog post is for members of the Blackboard Service Pack 13 Pilot Group for Spring 2014.

In anticipation of your Spring ’14 course(s) having a home on the SP13 pilot server, you may be wondering  how you will notify your students of their course site(s). We have a couple of choices for you, which are quick and easy!

  • Create a permanent announcement in your course shell on the regular production server ( Write a sentence or two explaining that students need to click a link to the pilot server ( for the entire semester. Make this course available!
  • Send an email to your students, explaining that they need to click a link to “go here” ( for the entire semester.
  • Or, do both … it won’t take long for your students to get in the groove of SP13.

Reminder: Make your course available on the SP13 pilot server – when you want students to enter your course site. How? Control Panel > Customization > Properties > Course Availability > Click Yes > Submit.
We have created a Resource List for the SP13 Pilot. Many of the new features and tools are listed. You will find tutorials in either PDFs, quick videos, or Blackboard’s On-Demand web pages. We will add more tutorials to this blog post, so check back often.

Matt Long, Cindy Bowers, Allen Dennis


SP 10 & 11 Help Page

SP 12 & 13 Help Page

Take a look at Allen’s Faculty Intro/Overview Video (6 min)

What’s new for SP13:


SP 10 & 11 Help Page

SP 12 & 13 Help Page

Take a look at Allen’s Student Intro/Overview Video (3 min)


What’s New in Blackboard Learn? – Short Video and Slides

Blackboard On Demand Learning Center – Bookmark this page