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Blackboard Learn 9.1

Informational for Blackboard Learn 9.1 at Oregon Tech

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Blackboard is the course management software used by Oregon Tech to offer courses via the internet. You will login to a secure web site and find instructions, syllabus, course content, email and discussion tools, and any exams, activities, or assignments your instructor has set up for the course. Our online courses are not self-paced; they include structure and deadlines to keep you on track. Some courses require a proctor for test taking. Each course usually includes a separate textbook, which you can purchase online at the Oregon Tech Bookstore.

This webpage will be your "go-to" location for all Blackboard Learn 9.1 help material. Please save this address in your favorite browser. Note that there are links to various web pages on the right side of this page that contain helpful information. Some will be helpful for anyone at Oregon Tech, while other pages are directed specifically to either faculty or students.

mobile-devicesBlackboard Mobile is here!

We have purchased the Blackboard Mobile piece, so you'll be able to download an app for your Android device, iPhone, iPad or BlackBerry. It will be available for all Blackboard classes starting in Fall 2012.

The directions for installing the app are listed in a link on the right side of this page.

Are you a returning student wondering what happened to the old Blackboard?

During the latter part of 2011, the Distance Education Office tested various programs for offering our online classes. We were using Blackboard CE8, which used to be owned by WebCT. A few years ago, Blackboard bought WebCT. The name of our program changed at that time, but the format stayed the same. Blackboard will stop supporting that version of Blackboard in January 2013.

You may be thinking, "So what? Let's just keep using this version. I'm used to it." The danger would be that any problems we have with Blackboard CE8 in the future would not be fixed. The biggest issue everyone would notice is that every time a new browser came out, Blackboard may have major features that would stop working. Some browsers, like Firefox, have new versions every six weeks, so it wouldn't take long before everyone would start noticing problems.

After months of research, we decided to upgrade to Blackboard 9.1. One of the most exciting parts of this change is that we now have a mobile component included, so you can now use your smartphones and tablets to look at your online classes. You won't see the exact same thing as you would using a regular computer, but you'll be able to see your announcements, discussions, mail and content.

We had a pilot group testing the new program during the Summer 2012 term. A pilot group is a small group of classes that were moved to the new system first. It included around forty online classes and a few on-campus classes. This allowed us to see any problems on a smaller scale and work out issues before moving all classes to the new system for the fall term.

After having a pilot group in the summer term, we have moved ALL of fall term's classes, both fully online and on-campus classes that use it, to the new Blackboard.

Warning: Wednesday Mornings

Every Wednesday morning between 4:00 a.m and 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time, Blackboard will be offline. This is to allow us to perform Windows updates, install Blackboard updates and to do weekly database maintenance on the Blackboard Learn servers. Please be aware that Blackboard will not be available during this hour. Faculty should avoid any development in their classes and students should avoid test taking and assignment submission around this time frame.

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