As academic activity slows and students wrap up their finals, IT professionals on campuses around the country are just gearing up for a busy upgrade season. The winter break between semesters is a perfect time to make software upgrades and updates to the important systems on campus – like the LMS. So, when everyone returns in the spring, the latest version of Blackboard is installed – with new and improved features – like gifts under the tree.

We’re hearing Ohio University, University of North Texas, Kent State University, Quinnipiac University, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Madison Area Technical College, Palomar College, University of Alaska Anchorage and Pulaski Technical College are all working diligently to upgrade to the latest version of Blackboard Learn™ 9.1 this upgrade season.

And what does that mean for students and faculty? When the holidays are over and the next semester kicks off, they can expect to see major enhancements in the Blackboard system. Release 9.1 has an updated Web 2.0 interface from earlier versions and includes built-in social learning tools like blogs and wikis. You can integrate multimedia content from Web sources like YouTube®, Flickr® and Slideshare to create a more engaging course experience. Improvements to workflow for teachers, like the addition of rubrics and other assessment tools, make grading easier and more efficient.

Schools like City University of New York, Winston-Salem State and Worcester Polytechnic Institute have already announced plans to upgrade in 2012 during the spring and summer months as well.

Let us know if your school is upgrading and how the process is going. And don’t forget to take advantage of our upgrade resources to help get you there:

  • The Upgrade Cohort – a series of virtual meetings to help guide you through the upgrade process. Register today for our spring 2012 program and connect with peers, get access to experts and exclusive upgrade resources.
  • The Upgrade Center – find everything you need to plan your upgrade in one consolidated location.

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