Upgrade to disable Blackboard Thursday morning

An upgrade to Blackboard Learn will take the learning management system offline Thursday, April 29, from 6 a.m. to approximately noon.

Features in this upgrade include:

  • A refreshed text editor, with new features such as an accessibility checker, improved copy-and-paste performance from platforms such as Word, and automatic embedding of videos from platforms such as YouTube. The Centre for Teaching and Learning has published a Tech Talk video outlining the changes.
  • A plug-in for accessing YuJa, the University of Windsor’s enterprise video platform, will be enabled in Blackboard as part of the upgrade, which will allow users to upload videos to YuJa directly from Blackboard.
  • McGrawHill Connect, which allows instructors to link to assignments and transfer marks from the McGrawHill platform, will also be enabled as part of the upgrade.

More information about the new features coming as part of the upgrade can be found on the New Features page.

For updates on the planned maintenance or Blackboard outages, visit ITS HotNews or the announcements feature on the Blackboard login page for further details.