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Blackboard 9 unavailable Thursday 12 April to Sunday 15 April

12 Apr 2012

Information for staff and students.

Blackboard screencap

Who is affected?

All staff and students

What is happening?

The University is planning an upgrade to Blackboard 9 which will bring fixes and new features to users, e.g. negative marking capability.

As a result Blackboard will be unavailable for staff and students for approximately three days from Thursday 12 April 2012 at 4pm until Sunday 15 April 2012 at 11.59pm (note, this is the end of the Easter break).

What this means for you

You will not have access to Blackboard from Thursday 12 April 2012 at 4pm until Sunday 15 April 2012 at 11.59pm.

What you have to do

For staff:

  • Please ensure that any online activities you are asking students to do take into account this downtime;
  • Please adjust any deadlines as appropriate.

We have given students the following advice:

  • Plan your work to take into account the downtime and ensure you download any materials you will need during the period Blackboard is unavailable.


Through StaffNet News and eUpdate, we will let you know about the status of the upgrade and any new support documents to help you get the most out of the new features.

This will be available by week commencing 16 April.

Contact for further information

Please contact your eLearning team at: