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Blackboard 9: It's here!

Blackboard 9 is now in production and available to the campus community. With this new release, users can expect an updated interface for course management and several new features that can enhance teaching, learning, and collaboration.  To view the new Blackboard, go to

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.

For details about the new and changed features of Blackboard 9, see the Blackboard website. Several training opportunities are also available that provide an introduction and overview of the new Blackboard 9 system. For a list of training, see the Employee Learning Center. Faculty are welcome to arrange for one-on-one or small group training sessions through the Student Technologist and Trainer (STAT) program, as always.

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

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