The upgrade process and testing are complete. We’ve noticed a few minor problems that we’ll report to Blackboard but none significantly affects normal operation of the system. If you are experiencing problems, please contact the IT HUB at 508-767-7060 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll continue to watch the system for problems but for now it looks like all systems go.
We’ve upgraded the production Blackboard system to version 9.0! Initial testing indicates that the system is running without problems. I’ll continue testing today and throughout the next week for less significant problems.
We’re all set for the upgrade tomorrow. I’ve finished revising the instructor documentation. I’ll finish the student documentation over the summer. Most of the changes are in the instructor interface and students should not see much more than cosmetic differences.
We’ll start the upgrade tomorrow at 9 AM and while that runs, will update the IT/Bb web pages to reflect the changes – mainly the version 9 documentation will be accessible from the instructor documentation page rather than a link deeper and the version 8 documentation will be removed.
Today I’m playing with the sign up feature in groups. After reading on the Blackboard listserv that the sign up tool is not going to be revised for version 9 because the group sign up tool offers similar functionality, I’ve been checking that out. One difference in the groups feature that I noticed today, groups are defaulted to unavailable. In version 8 the default was available. Must note that in the FAQs.