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Blackboard 9: new look and features coming in June

An upgrade to Blackboard 9 is planned for June 2010. With this new release, users can expect an updated interface for course management and several new features that can enhance teaching, learning, and collaboration.

With Blackboard 9, instructors and students will have access to built-in blogging and journaling tools. The blogging tool provides a platform for individual and course sharing and information exchange. Journals provide an area where students can record and express thoughts about the course and their learning experience. Journal entries can be shared privately between the student and the course instructor or publicly with other course participants. Group journals allow groups of students to reflect collaboratively on their course work and comment on fellow group members' findings.

The Notification Dashboard is another helpful tool that allows both students and instructors to stay informed of what’s new, what needs attention, ‘to dos,’ and any alerts.

"My Places" is a custom area where users have quick access to their personal sites and tools within Blackboard. Here, users can also create a personal avatar, which will display in Blackboard in the My Places, Blogs, Journals, and Notifications areas.

More information about the new and changed features of Blackboard 9 is provided on the Blackboard website at In addition, several training opportunities provide an introduction and overview of the new Blackboard 9 system.

  • Users may preview and take an online test drive of the new Blackboard:  Blackboard 9 Test Drive.
  •  “The New Blackboard 9: Finding Your Way” is a Lunch ‘n Learn topic scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, at noon in the Frist MPR B; a second session will be offered in the fall of 2010. See the Lunch ‘n Learn website for more information. 
  • Faculty are welcome to arrange for one-on-one or small group training sessions through the Student Technologist and Trainer (STAT) program, as always.
  • Training for University members who support instructional staff and builders in the use of Blackboard will take place in the summer and early fall of 2010. 

The Blackboard upgrade is scheduled for June 15-17. During the upgrade, the Blackboard system will be unavailable.

Blackboard support can be reached by sending e-mail to or calling the Blackboard Help Line at (609) 258-0737. The Blackboard website is located online at

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