Tuesday, June 22, 2010

BLACKBOARD UPGRADE INFORMATION UPDATE

GOOD NEWS  - no expected "downtime" to any versions  of Blackboard while we transition to the new version.

Both the old version (7.3) and new version (9.1) will run simultaneously.  All we're doing is redirecting the url to the new version.  Sometimes switching domain names (URLs) takes time (up to 24hrs) to run through all the servers in the world.  But usually this happens within a few hours.  You will still have access to the old and new.

Things to note:
  • On August 20th, the domain name http://socccd.blackboard.com will be redirected to the new version 9.1.  Students will no longer have access to the Summer courses on the old version (7.3) at that time, but the old version (7.3) and Summer courses will continue to be there for faculty to complete their grading process.
  • All Fall courses will be created automatically on the new version (9.1)- so you don't have to go into MySite to create your Fall courses.
  • No Fall courses will be created on the old version 7.3.
  • You still will need to make your course available when you are ready for your students to have access.
  • If you want to develop your Fall courses before the new version becomes available, please contact us for access to the STAGING server (your sandbox), and you can make changes there.
  • Anyone combining ticket numbers should note -this process will change.  Please contact us for further information.
  • See side panel for demo videos, tutorials and other helpful information.
  • We are still offering training sessions during July.  Please try to attend at least one session before getting started.
We will continue to keep you updated on the upgrade plans and procedures as they become available to us.  Please stay updated by becoming a follower to this blog.  We will post information here continually until the final arrangements are completed.

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