Upgrades/Downtimes: Blackboard, SabaMeeting, Mediasite & Turning Technologies


Blackboard will be unavailable from May 8, 8:00am-May 11, 5:00pm for upgrade.

New Features & Enhancements

  • Blackboard Ally – Dynamically create alternate accessible formats of digital course content.
  • Blackboard Collaborate – Integrated, lightweight web conferencing solution.
  • Discussion board “Replies to Me” – Quickly locate replies to your posts.
  • Drag and Drop – Improvements to drag and drop functionality.
  • Submission Receipts – Students can receive e-mail notifications of assignment submissions and access the receipts in My Grades.

E-mail: ecublackboard@ecu.edu


SabaMeeting will be unavailable on May 5 from 12:00am-4:00am for upgrade.

New Features & Enhancements

  • Text chat included in recordings.
  • Agenda Builder provides all features from previous Java-based version.
  • Number of attendees who can speak at once has increased from 4 to 10.
  • Echo cancellation for computer audio to prevent feedback from attendees not using headsets.

E-mail: sabameeting@ecu.edu


Mediasite will be upgraded on May 8 from 1:00pm-4:00pm. There is no expected downtime, however users may experience intermittent delays in performance.

Mediasite New Features & Enhancements

  • My Mediasite – Redesigned interface which streamlines the process of creating and sharing presentations.
  • Quizzing – Embed quizzes into presentations for added engagement.

E-mail: mediasite@ecu.edu

Turning Technologies

During the Blackboard Downtime, the building block for Turning Technologies will be upgraded. As part of this upgrade, faculty will need to install TurningPoint 8, which is the latest version of desktop polling software.

Faculty Task

Faculty can download TurningPoint 8 at Turning Technologies Downloads.. Additional details about TurningPoint 8 will be provided to Turning Technologies users in a follow up communication.

New Features & Enhancements

  • Auto sync of course rosters to keep participant lists up-to-date.
  • Notification of when to re-upload grades for unregistered students.
  • E-mail unregistered students from desktop software.

E-mail: clickers@ecu.edu

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