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Blackboard and Start of Year 2015

11 Sep 2015

You should now be thinking about accessing and preparing your Blackboard course space (Bb course) for the new academic year: all Bb courses will be visible to students from Monday, 14 September 2015

Guidance about accessing Blackboard and updating your course(s) is available on the eLearning website:  This page also includes information on activating courses for academic leads.

Are you planning to use the Blackboard wiki tool?

There is currently an issue with the Blackboard wiki tool.  The problem has been observed when a participant submits a new contribution to a wiki page in Blackboard which results in the wiki page exceeding 100,000 characters (approximately 90-100Kb in size).  When saved, the newly edited page appears to be blank.  Any newly edited content in the submission that caused the wiki page to exceed 100,000 characters will not be saved.  Blackboard are aware of the issue, and tests are underway to verify the cause.  In the meantime, advice on a workaround is available. 

If you plan to use a Blackboard wiki in your course unit, please follow the advice provided at:

You may also wish to consult with your eLearning team for further advice or to discuss alternative ways of delivering the activity.

Scheduled Bb9 maintenance and downtime Easter 2016

Please also note the provisional dates for scheduled Bb9 maintenance and downtime at Easter 2016.  Bb9 will be unavailable from 4pm on 31 March until 12.01am on 4 April 2016.  We hope that this early notification will enable you to factor in these dates when timetabling assignment submission dates and key course activities.  We will confirm these dates as soon as possible.

Further information