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What is Blackboard?

Blackboard is a learning management system, which contains a range of tools to support teaching and learning. We’ve been running Blackboard at Otago since about 2000.  Some features are:

  • Uploading/managing files
  • Tests, Surveys and Grades
  • Discussions
  • Simple Blogs, Wikis and Journals
  • Anti-plagiarism checking.

If you’re interesting in finding out more about Blackboard please see the Blackboard Help Site:

What we’re currently working on

2014 has been an extremely busy year for Blackboard.  We had a major upgrade at the end of 2013, and as a result of that we’ve been spending a lot of time supporting staff and students as they adapt to the new features, and also working on making sure that Blackboard runs smoothly.

What’s coming up

Here’s what’s on the horizon:

  • April 2014 Service Pack Upgrade
    This is the latest Blackboard update which was released in April, 2014.  We’re currently looking at the features and fixes contained in April 2014 to see if we should upgrade to this, perhaps after the end of Semester 2.

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