Blackboard Upgrade Status July 1/2/3 2017

We're upgrading BlackboardBlackboard Summer upgrade

The Blackboard VLE service will be upgraded this weekend.  Work will start on 01 July 2017 at 09:00 BST. 

The work will involve

  • an upgrade to the Blackboard application
  • upgrades to supporting back end technologies
  • a significant increase to the Blackboard service’s storage capacity

We have once again negotiated within iSolutions for the upgrade work to take place over a weekend in order to minimise disruption to the University.  The following Monday is reserved as a contingency day.

Important materials on Blackboard can be downloaded before the system becomes unavailable during the upgrade window. 

Read below to find out how to download any materials you will need to use whilst Blackboard is unavailable.

Reducing the impact on you

If you were planning on using Blackboard during the upgrade weekend there are a number of steps you can take to mitigate the impact.

For students

dlDownload materials you will need before Saturday 1 July.

If you will need to refer to online materials in your Blackboard course during the upgrade weekend, you can follow these guides and download those materials in advance to your computer, laptop, or mobile device.

recordingDownload Recorded Panopto Lectures and Sessions in advance to watch during the weekend

If your course utilises recorded lectures and sessions you can download those recordings in advance of the weekend upgrade.  You can then watch these recordings on your computer, tv, or mobile device.

youtubeDownload YouTube Videos

If your Blackboard course contains YouTube videos that you wish to watch during the upgrade weekend you can use websites such as to download the video in advance to your computer or mobile device.  This is a third party service.  There are numerous similar services that can be found via a Google search.

For staff

assessmentDownload Blackboard Grade Centre Data

If you will expect you will need to view data from your course’s Blackboard Grade Centre you can download it to an excel file.  This allows you to view the data whilst Blackboard is unavailable.


TIIDownload Files Submitted to Turnitin

If, during the upgrade weekend, you will need to refer to student submissions to Turnitin, you may download the files in advance for offline viewing.

TIIExport grades from GradeMark to Excel

If, during the upgrade weekend, you will need to refer to Turnitin GradeMark summaries, you may download the files in advance for offline viewing.

submissionDownload Blackboard Assignment Feature submissions en masse

If you believe you will need to refer to submissions using the Blackboard Assignment Feature you may download them in advance for offline viewing on your computer or mobile device.

New Turnitin GradeMark Interface

During the upgrade window, we will also be moving to a new interface for Turnitin’s GradeMark feature.  You can read more about this updated interface here.

Frequently Asked Questions