Winter 2015 – CUNY Blackboard Upgrade Planning Steps

We are writing to notify you of the Winter 2015 Blackboard update. This winter’s update begins at midnight on Monday, Dec. 29 and is expected to be completed by the end of business on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Unfortunately, Blackboard will be unavailable during this time and as a result we strongly encourage all faculty and students to prepare accordingly for this downtime.

 

FACULTY PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Due to the end-of-semester timing of this outage, we strongly recommend that all faculty complete their use of Blackboard for all fall 2014 purposes and download grades from Blackboard before Friday, Dec. 26. To perform these tasks please see the following videos:

Downloading Grades from Blackboard in Excel format

-Downloading Assignments from Blackboard

In addition to the above, those faculty members who are teaching Winter Session courses beginning on Friday, Jan. 2 are advised to archive and keep a local copy of all course content in case any glitches occur during the days following the upgrade. You can learn how to create an archived copy of your course(s) online.

For faculty assistance with these preparation tasks, please contact the Blackboard Services Office at 718.982.4007 or by email at blackboard@csi.cuny.edu.

 

STUDENT PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS:

We strongly recommend that all students complete their fall 2014 coursework required for submission to Blackboard before Tuesday, Dec. 23. To perform these tasks, please see the following videos:

-Submitting Papers and Assignments in Bb (if required)

-Completing Discussion Board Posts

For student assistance with these preparation tasks, please contact the CSI Student Helpdesk at 718.982.3695 or by email at helpdesk@csi.cuny.edu.