Upgrade

  • System Upgrade

    MIS have planned a system upgrade for Morton College Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) to upgrade to Bb Learn SP13 on January 4th-5th, 2015.  The Blackboard  system will be temporarily unavailable during the upgrade. Details are as below.

    On Sunday Jan. 4th, 2015 beginning at 11:00pm CST, MIS will begin an upgrade of Blackboard learning system to Service Pack 13. During the upgrade period, https://blackboard.morton.edu will be intermittently offline, please do not log into the Blackboard Learn (BbLearn). Since this update will require additional system maintenance, we anticipate Blackboard services to be resumed by Monday, 10:00pm, Jan 5th, 2015. We will make every effort to complete this work sooner and will announce availability when the maintenance is complete.

    Morton Blackboard LMS were upgraded from SP8 to Blackboard Learn SP12 CP10 in December 2013.  SP 13 is a maintenance service pack that includes a minimal set of new features along with a number of fixes and improvements. You may click the links on the left for some highlights of new features of Bb Learn Sp12 and Sp13. 

  • Why Upgrade?

    As much as we would all like our computer technology to be a constant servant, never having to learn a new way of interacting with it — because, frankly, who has the time? — the reality is that it is in a constant state of flux, demanding that we keep up with it.

    Hardware, operating systems, browsers, programming, and even the Web have changed dramatically since Blackboard was first created in the mid-1990's. Its Web 1.0 programming does not play well with Web 2.0. Improved communication, information sharing, collaboration, usability, and security require advanced web development techniques. This upgrade will permit us to use new technologies that facilitate securely sharing valuable data between Blackboard and other systems. Additionally, we must keep up with current releases because older releases cease to be supported, which means that we would not be able to fix the system if and when it broke.

    Though some of our users take advantage of only a very few, basic features in Blackboard, others are asking for additional tools and capabilities for improving their course management and teaching with Blackboard. This upgrade offers such additional features.