Blackboard Migration & Upgrade Happening May 25th through May 29th

Blackboard will be unavailable starting May 25th through May 29th due to upgrade/migration.

In order to maintain a high level of continuous service, MATC-Distance Learning in conjunction with the Information Technology Department, have decided to migrate the entire Blackboard learning management system to a hosted solution with Blackboard.

The migration will take place beginning May 25th and continue through May 29th.  This means that no one will have access to Blackboard during this time.  All students and faculty will need to logoff Blackboard by 11:59 pm on May 24th.  We anticipate the LMS being available on Monday May 30th, however we will be conducting testing during the week of May 30th.

When Blackboard comes back on-line, we will be at a newer version however there is minimal front-end change impacting students and faculty.  The Distance Learning team is working on reviewing any changes that will effect faculty and/or students and will communicate those changes to the groups prior to the migration.

For additional information about the upgrade, please see our Upgrade FAQs Spreadsheet.

Thank you for your patience as we continuously strive to provide quality educational technology products.

- ​Distance Learning and Information Technology​

Students: Winter Blackboard Upgrade Coming at End of December

On December 30th 12:01 AM CST through January 1st, MATC’s Blackboard Learning Management System will be unavailable to faculty and students so that a maintenance upgrade can be performed. Blackboard will become available again on January 2nd (unless otherwise communicated).

  JTERM STUDENTS
We apologize for the disruption of Blackboard availability during JTerm.  When planning for the annual upgrade, this was the best time based on contract and services.

  WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT?
The routine maintenance will update security features, correct known issues, and add requested enhancements to improve teaching and learning online. Although the way Blackboard looks and how you will use its tools will not change, there will be a few slight enhancements to tools you commonly use:

  WHERE CAN I GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT USING BLACKBOARD?
Students are encouraged to attend a Live Blackboard Orientation Session at their nearest campus or view the Online Blackboard Orientation at the beginning of the semester to review basic Blackboard navigation and how to use the Assignment, Test, and Discussion tools.

If you have questions, please use the Student Support Contact Us form.

Winter Blackboard Upgrade Coming Soon!

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MATC will be upgrading to Blackboard Learn 9.1, service pack April Release 2014 on December 30th through January 1st. During this time, Blackboard will be unavailable. Blackboard will become available again on January 2nd (unless otherwise communicated).

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO PREPARE?
As a part of the “end of semester” best practices, we strongly recommend that faculty perform the following tasks before the upgrade on December 30th:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR SAFEASSIGN USERS
Please be aware that with the upgrade, the SafeAssign feature will be integrated with Blackboard Assignments and will no longer be a separate content type. To prepare for this integration, please delay adding SafeAssignments to your spring 2015 courses until the upgrade is complete on January 2nd.

WHERE CAN YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT’S COMING?
Please see these resources to learn about the upgrade:

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