University of Vermont

Center for Teaching and Learning

Upgrade to Blackboard:
December 19, 2012

It's time for another upgrade to Blackboard. Not a full version upgrade, this one is called a “service pack” upgrade, taking us from service pack 7 to service pack 9.1.

What does it mean for users?

It looks cleaner, graphically, and there are numerous bug fixes. A few things have been renamed, but changes in functionality or features are minor. All the same tools are there, requiring basically the same steps to use them. The most obvious change is an aesthetic one, and this includes more options for faculty to customize their courses’ appearance.

When is it happening?

December 19th, 2012, between the Fall Semester and the Winter session.

What do instructors have to do?

The change won’t effect either your course content or settings, but instructors may want to log in and look around to become familiar with the new appearance.

Can I see it before December 19th?

Below are a few screenshots of the new look. However, users can log in to a preview server where the upgrade has been tested. The courses on this server were copied from the live Blackboard server last Spring, so they do not reflect current courses. Any course edits that you make on this testing server will not be saved since it's only for testing and preview purposes.

If you are an instructor but you do not see a course on this testing server, you can request one. To do this:

  1. Write to
  2. Give us your NetID (not your password) and request your test space on the testing server.

Log In to the Preview Server

Go to and log in with your UVM NetID and password.

Sneak Peak: A Few Screenshots

Screenshot of the Upgrade to Service Pack 9.1

Screenshot of the Upgrade to Service Pack 9.1

Screenshot of the Upgrade to Service Pack 9.1

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