See What's Better

Scheduled NIU Blackboard Outage – May 24-25, 2014

See What's Better

A significant upgrade is scheduled to be performed to the Blackboard Learn System over Memorial Day Weekend. The upgrade will begin at 5:00 AM on Saturday, May 24, 2014 and will complete by 5:00 AM on Sunday, May 25, 2014. The Blackboard Learn System ( will be UNAVAILABLE during this time.

The latest version of Blackboard Learn, 9.1 Service Pack 14 (SP14), will introduce several new exciting features, including:

  • Quick Links: Improved navigation experience for keyboard-only users.
  • Date Management: Seamlessly “shift” content and dates in a course following a course copy.
  • Achievements: Add excitement and recognition to courses by offering badges and certificates for course progress.
  • Test Exceptions: Use Text Exceptions to define customized delivery settings for specific students or groups, such as number of attempts, timer, auto submit, etc.
  • Group Management – Enhancement: Easily manage multiple groups, create Grade Center Smart Views, and more.
  • Inline Assignment Grading – Enhancement: Grading just got even easier with new full screen mode. Inline grading is now also available for Blogs, Journals, and Discussion Boards..
  • Grade Center – Enhancement: Adjust total points possible for a test, use values greater than 100% for grading schemas, and more.
  • My Grades – Enhancement: New inline feedback and custom re-ordering options for students.
  • Course Message Notification: Course messaging notifications are now integrated into Notification Dashboard and My Blackboard.
  • Blackboard Collaborate – Enhancement: Schedule sessions with simplified settings or use permanent rooms for each course and faculty/instructor

To learn more about the upcoming features, please visit

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 815-753-8100 or

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