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Blackboard Maintenance – Friday, June 23rd, 2017 »

We received the following alert from Blackboard:

Blackboard will be performing maintenance during the regularly scheduled maintenance window on Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Begin Time: Friday, June 23rd, 2017 02:00 US Eastern (UTC/GMT-4)

End Time: Friday, June 23rd, 2017 06:00 US Eastern (UTC/GMT-4)

Details: During this maintenance window, VCU will NOT experience an interruption to the production Blackboard services, however we are notifying you just in case you experience any brief intermittent connectivity.

To Check Status: Please refer to the Blackboard Managed Hosting Status Page for the most up-to-date system status.

Blackboard Maintenance – Friday, July 28th, 2017 »

We received the following alert from Blackboard: Blackboard will be performing maintenance during the regularly scheduled maintenance window on Friday, July 28th, 2017 Begin Time: Friday, July 28th, 2017 22:00 US Eastern (UTC/GMT-4) End Time: Saturday, July 29th, 2017 02:00 US Eastern (UTC/GMT-4) Details: During this maintenance windo . . .

June and July VoiceThread Workshops »

Humanize Your Online Course with VoiceThread​ June 13 at 2:00pm ET - Register here Creating engaging online courses is not easy. In many courses based on discussion boards, students feel isolated and disconnected from their instructors and classmates. VoiceThread bridges the gaps in social presence typically found in online courses. In this wo . . .

Blackboard Mobile Learn Transition to Bb Student & Bb Instructor »

Transitioning from Mobile Learn to Blackboard’s Bb Student & Bb Instructor Apps: Effective August 1, 2017, Mobile Learn will be removed from all app stores.  After August 31, 2017, Blackboard will no longer support Mobile Learn.  Clients should begin transitioning to Blackboard’s Bb Student (available now) & Blackboard’s Bb Instructor a . . .

Respondus Test Bank Network Webinar »

The Respondus Test Bank Network offers thousands of ready-to-use test banks for the leading textbooks in higher education. You will quickly see how the Respondus Test Bank Network can save you countless hours each term. And it's free with your Respondus 4.0 license. Learn more in a free webinar tomorrow (5/23/17) at 2pm ET! . . .

Redesigned Interface for VCU’s eLearning Environment »

The Learning Systems team just completed the Blackboard upgrade, and you will immediately notice that it looks different. For several years, Blackboard has maintained the same look, and over time it has become very "dated". The Learning Systems team, within Academic Technologies, has redesigned and customized the interface to have a more professional, s . . .

Blackboard Learn Upgrade – May 16th, 2017 – Completed May 17th at 2:30PM »

Blackboard Upgrade to Q4 2016 Release has been Completed Reminder: The VCU Blackboard system will be upgraded to a newer version on May 16-17. Begin Time: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 8:00pm (EST) End Time: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 8:00pm (EST) Blackboard will NOT be available during this time. We expect the upgrade to take less than 24 hours, so . . .

Blackboard Availability – May 16, 2017 Upgrade »

Reminder: The VCU Blackboard system will be upgraded to a newer version on May 16-17. Begin Time: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 8:00pm (EST) End Time: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 8:00pm (EST) Blackboard will NOT be available during this time. We expect the upgrade to take less than 24 hours, so check this blog for updates which will be posted when the . . .

Echo360 Instructor Education Series »

Summer is almost here, and it's the perfect time to kick back, relax, and prepare for your courses next term! Starting next Tuesday, Echo360 is here to help complement your course delivery with an educational series for instructors, instructor assistants, and supporting staff. Attend as many sessions as you'd like - you'll learn about the benefits of us . . .

Rolling restart of Blackboard Production application servers »

Beginning Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2017 2:30pm US Eastern (UTC/GMT-4) End Time: Thursday, May 11th, 2017 3:00am US Eastern (UTC/GMT-4) Blackboard Managed Hosting will perform a rolling restart of our Production Blackboard servers.  Rolling restarts will be performed so that there will be no downtime to users.  Regards, The VCU Blackboard Te . . .

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