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Distributed Learning Technologies

January 12, 2017: Blackboard maintenance

Standard maintenance time for Blackboard services is 5:00 AM to 7:30 AM each Thursday morning. Faculty, students, and staff may be unable to access Blackboard during this window.

New plugins

The following plugins will be enabled:

  • Partner Cloud B2 
  • Macmillan Launchpad
  • Pearson Revel

 Partner Cloud B2

What's New in Version 1.7.2014101266

The Blackboard Partner Cloud streamlines content integrations into a single registration and activation process. While eliminating the challenges of managing old and new building block versions, the Blackboard Partner Cloud also accelerates the delivery of new partner features and product updates. And at the same time, sensitive student data remains private and secure.

Macmillan Launchpad

With Macmillan Learning and Blackboard, you can customize your course—fully, quickly, and easily—to better match your personal teaching style and your individual students’ needs.

  • Seamless access: Single sign-on provides instructors and students with the convenience of one login for all course resources. 
  • One gradebook, automatically updated: Grades for all Macmillan assignments and assessments automatically post to the Blackboard Learn Grade Center, giving instructors and students one destination to monitor class performance.
  • Deep linking: Chapter and asset-level linking functionality allows instructors to link to the Macmillan content matching their course needs.
  • Familiar workflows: Access to Macmillan content within the course content area makes it easy for instructors to find and adopt content within their native Blackboard Learn workflow

Pearson Revel

The Pearson REVEL Partner Cloud integration provides seamless access to REVEL’s dynamic content right from your Blackboard course.

  • Single Sign-on: With single sign-on, students are ready on their first day with easy access to REVEL’s interactive blend of authors' narrative, media, and assessment—directly from their Blackboard Learn course.
  • Grade Sync: Flexible, on-demand grade synchronization capabilities allow instructors to control exactly which REVEL grades should be transferred to the Blackboard Learn Gradebook.
  • Direct Links: Linking to REVEL content from within Blackboard Learn

DB and OS kernel patching

  • Took BBLearn offline to install OS and DB kernel patches.

UPD Application Shutdown

Disabling a Training Course for UPD that is no longer in use.