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From: Kevin Wolff, Instructional Designer, Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC)
Dear Baruch Faculty:
CUNY’s annual Blackboard maintenance upgrade is scheduled to begin on Thursday, December 27 at 6:00 am and to be completed by the end of business on Friday, December 28. Blackboard will be taken offline and there will be no access during the upgrade. The downtime required for the upgrade necessitates that the work be performed in the week between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays as this is the only time when classes are not in session on any CUNY campus.
During the Blackboard downtime, CUNYfirst will remain open for grading purposes. Please note that in view of the need by some faculty to have access to Blackboard in order to complete their grading, the CUNYfirst grading period has been extended: it will close at 11:59PM on Sunday, December 30.
Faculty may download assignments and grades from their courses should they need access to that information while Blackboard is unavailable. Please visit the following resources for more information:
- Download Assignments: https://bit.ly/2MXDlph
- Work Offline with Grade Data: https://bit.ly/2QfseZZ
- How to Download and Upload Grades from the Grade Center: https://youtu.be/Ex-m0HUSzmA
This upgrade will introduce some new features that will make Blackboard easier to use, including grade center enhancements, file storage improvements, recorded feedback, and an attendance tool. Support materials for the new features will be available soon.
This Blackboard upgrade also introduces a new interface, needed to make Blackboard compatible with a wider variety of web browsers and devices. However, the new interface changes the color of existing Course Themes (the optional color and patterned themes), and some custom menu options, such as buttons. As such, if you have used “Course Themes,” we recommend that the themes be reverted back to the course default setting at some point between the end of the current semester and the beginning of the upgrade on December 27. Information on editing your Course Theme can be found at https://bit.ly/2jXiGDU.
Questions? Please feel free to contact the Technology Help Desk with questions, concerns, or thoughts on the upgrade.
Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC)