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Distributed Learning Technologies

January 2, 2017: Blackboard service pack

This maintenance window is tentatively scheduled for 4:30 AM to 7:30 AM on January 2nd, 2017. Faculty, students, and staff may be unable to access Blackboard during this window.

Q2 2016 Service Pack

Upgrading Blackboard to the Q2 2016 Service Pack with Cumulative Update 3 (Q2 2016 CU3).

  • Quality improvements and bug fixes
  • REST API in technical preview
  • Learn 2016 theme
  • Java 8 support
  • Security updates

Several B2 updates will be installed alongside the Q2 2016 service pack.

Learn 2016 theme

Updating the "look and feel" of Blackboard with a new visual theme, which includes responsive design elements that should dramatically improve support for mobile browsers.

You can preview this theme on (note: please fully reload the page by clearing your cache or pressing Ctrl+Shift+R).

Updated Home tabs

The current Home tab is being split into distinct tabs for Student Home, Faculty Home, and so on, in order to deliver more specific content to each user based on their role.