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Blackboard Announcements

Recurring Announcement

From 4:00 AM to 7:00 AM each Friday, Blackboard may be unavailable (this is the regular weekly maintenance time). During this time you may not be able to log onto Black board and access information in your courses.


Mediasite Videos and Chrome Browser

The Chrome browser has stopped supporting the Silverlight media transcoder, which affects the ability to play Mediasite videos. Other Blackboard-supported browsers such as Edge, Firefox, and Safari should be able to successfully play Mediasite videos.


VoiceThread Maintenance

VoiceThread will be performing system updates on Saturday, November 25 from 4:00 AM to 5:00 AM CT.  All users will be signed out of their accounts during this window and will need to sign in again. There is no expected slowdown or down time.


New Blackboard Tools

VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos. Students and Instructors will be able to navigate slides and leave interactive comments.

Curriculum Builder allows instructors to browse the UHD Library's media resources and create a list of readings and viewings for their classes.

Look for further information soon about these new tools.


Datacenter maintenance

Due to datacenter maintenance, Blackboard 2 may experience service interruptions between Thursday, June 28 at 11 p.m. and Friday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m.


Blackboard and Mediasite Planned Maintenance

This Friday, June 15, the Blackboard system will be unavailable for regular maintenance from 4 AM to 7 AM. 

Additionally, Mediasite will be undergoing maintenance extending to 3 PM, and Mediasite links in Bb2 may not play during this time period.


Blackboard Updates and Notifications Unavailable

Blackboard has been experiencing issues with the Updates and Notifications areas in the right hand Global Notifications area. We are currently working diligently to resolve this issue.

In the meantime students are still able to check announcements and notifications by entering each of their courses individually or by accessing the Notifications Dashboard, on the left side the screen. The same information can be found in both areas. Please contact us for more information.

We apologize for the inconvenience.


Blackboard Unavailability Notice on April 04, 2018

This morning, April 4th, from approximately midnight until about 3:30 AM Blackboard services were unavailable.   We apologize for the inconvenience.  Please adjust your course work accordingly.

Firewall Upgrade & Downtime - Blackboard Unavailable

Information Technology will be upgrading the current Firewall to a new Next-Generation Network Security System/Firewall on Tuesday, March 20 between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. During this time, multiple services will be unavailable intermittently, including (but not limited to) Banner, Blackboard, DocuWare, Exchange/Outlook email, OWA WebMail, e-services, VPN, password manager, AdAstra, GatorNet, and access to website and services.

If you encounter any issues accessing any services after 7 a.m. on Tuesday, please report them immediately to the IT Service Desk (X3000, 713-221-8031,


Turnitin Services Unavailable on March 17, 2018

Turnitin services will be unavailable on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 10am until 4pm. Users will be unable to submit and/or grade during this maintenance window. Please ensure that any submission deadlines are adjusted to fall outside of the window.

This includes the Feedback Studio, Feedback Studio for iOS, GradeMark, and Peer Mark.

Stay up to date with Turnitin system status by following @TurnitinStatus on Twitter


Blackboard Support Button Has Relocated

You may have noticed a new button in the bottom right corner of your Blackboard pages. You may have also noticed this button sometimes gets in the way when attempting to click "Submit". We have relocated this button to a more efficient spot on the page. Thanks for all of your comments. We hear you and we will do what we can to make your Blackboard experience as pleasant as possible.

02.10.2018 Building Block added to Blackboard Course training courses can now be integrated into your Blackboard courses.’s library of training courses covers a large range of topics.  To explore what is available and incorporate these lessons into Blackboard, navigate to a Content Area and click the Course link in the options under Build Content.


Blackboard Course Purge

The removal of Blackboard (Bb1) courses prior to Fall 2016 is on schedule for this Friday, February 9th.  This purge is required in order to increase space in the Blackboard database.  Courses from Fall 2016 to the present will remain fully available to instructors. 

To export copies of courses that are set to be deleted, please see these instructions.  These export files (Zip format) can be imported into other Blackboard courses as desired.


Blackboard Maintenance Complete

Blackboard ( was unavailable beginning at 6:00 PM on January 9th and is now available as of 10AM.


Blackboard & Mediasite Scheduled Maintenance

During the period between the Winter 2017 and Spring 2018 terms, important updates will be performed:

  • Mediasite will be down for maintenance on January 8-9, 2018.
  • Blackboard will be unavailable starting 6:00 PM, January 10, 2018 through 10:00 AM, January 11, 2018. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.


Introducing New Box View for Inline Grading

Blackboard's current inline grading tool, Crocodoc, is being discontinued. As a replacement, Blackboard has adopted New Box View. The transition from Crocodoc to New Box View involves an update to Blackboard which will be applied January 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM through January 11, 2018, during which time Blackboard will be unavailable. Read More to find out what to expect with New Box View.


Blackboard Unavailability Notice

Blackboard ( was unavailable beginning at 4:08 AM and was restored at 5:04 AM on Friday, December 22, 2017. Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance with altering course assignments and/or due dates.


Blackboard Unavailability Notice

Blackboard ( was unavailable beginning at 5:00 AM and was restored at 7:30 AM on Thursday, December 21, 2017. Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance with altering course assignments and/or due dates.


Blackboard's New Help Button

You may have noticed a new button in the bottom right corner of your Blackboard pages. With the new Support button you can get page specific Blackboard assistance. Browse personalized how-tos, or create an on the spot support email by clicking the support button at the bottom right of any Blackboard course page. Read More

Last updated 12/11/2018 3:17 AM