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Blackboard Upgrade 2013

We would like to announce the upgrade of Blackboard for 2013. We have scheduled the upgrade to happen between 5pm Friday 29 November until 9am Monday 2 December. This will mean that there will be no access to Blackboard during this timeframe.

This upgrade to Blackboard includes several behind the scenes improvements as well as some new features. Some of the new features include:

  • New calendar – The update to the calendar provides some welcome features including a change to the interface.  You can find out more about the new calendar on Blackboard’s official helpsite (
  • New Content Editor – This is a significant upgrade to the Content Editor in the new version of Blackboard which brings it inline with modern web standards. You can find out more about the new content editor on Blackboard’s official helpsite (

As a consequence of the upgrade the Collaboration service (Virtual Classroom and Blackboard Chat) will no longer be offered. Users of the Collaboration services can achieve the same functionality by using Otago Connect.

You can keep up-to-date with news about this update by following the ITS Service Desk notices and here on the eLearning blog ( We will be using this blog to talk in more depth about the new features and improvements that have been made.