Current Blackboard Version
Learn Core 9.1 October 2014 Release (9.1.201410.160373)
Last Updated: June 25, 2015
Reporting Problems with Blackboard
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Regular Maintenance Windows
The Blackboard system may be offline on any Monday morning between 3 and 4 AM. This time window is set aside for any routine maintenance which requires brief system down time, so that these tasks may be completed without need of a separately announced outage window. The system may remain online, but avoid any critical tasks (such as taking exams or grading) during these early Monday times.
Scheduled Upgrade Windows
The upgrade windows to future versions of Blackboard will be:
- There are no scheduled upgrade windows at this time.
Unfortunately the Blackboard system needs to be offline during these upgrade windows, which may take up to 24 hours. We will upgrade the system and return it to service as quickly as possible.
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What is the Blackboard Course Life Cycle (i.e., how long will courses remain on the server)?
For instructors we keep the current semester, the previous 3 semesters, and the future semester (as soon as future courses are created from within eServices, approximately 90 days before the start of a semester) in our Blackboard database. Courses are pruned from the system on a rolling year schedule. For example, at the conclusion of the Fall 2015 semester, the Fall 2014 courses will be pruned from the system. Immediately on the conclusion of the spring 2016 semester the spring 2015 courses will be pruned, and so on. Click here for a full explanation.
For this reason, we strongly recommend that professors make both archive and export copies of their courses once they are complete so that if they only teach a course every 2 years, they will be able to restore the content from the archive file. Course archives contain all course content AND all student work. Course exports contain only course content, without student enrollments and work.
Student access to courses is different. Students can only access the course, from the time the instructor first makes the course available until two weeks after the official class end date. Student work and grades are available to the instructor at all times, but not to the student.