Learnline upgrade

Upgrades are an important part of the annual roadmap here at CDU and are intended to provide new functionality based on educator and student feedback from the Blackboard community. Likewise, upgrading offers solutions to issues and problems and the opportunity to remain abreast with advances in learning technologies.

On Friday evening 29 June from 8pm – Tuesday 3 July (inclusive) Learnline will be taken offline and will be unavailable to all users.

During this time CDU will be migrating Learnline from a Blackboard Managed Hosting environment to the Blackboard Cloud (Saas) environment and upgrading to the latest version 9.1 Q2 2018.

We have initiated a test migration and will be providing more information over the next couple of months via several means of communications (Learnline, emails, web etc).

Thank you for understanding. Teaching staff at CDU can contact Learnline Staff Support for assistance or further information.

email: learnlinestaff@cdu.edu.au | phone: 08 8946 6198

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Learnline migration to the Cloud (SaaS)

CDU will be migrating Learnline from a Blackboard Managed Hosting environment to the Blackboard Cloud (Saas) environment.

While the Blackboard Learn environment (all content) is moved from Blackboard's Australia Managed Hosting to Blackboard's Australia Cloud/Software as a Service (SaaS) environment, Learnline will be taken down and unavailable to all users.

This will occur Friday evening 29 June from 8pm and will be made available again to all users Wednesday 4 July 8am. The timing of this migration and upgrade has been considered and this has been identified as the best possible time by CDU of reduced impact.

Please find more information regarding the migration to the Cloud in the subheading Blackboard Learn in the Cloud.

Blackboard Learn in the Cloud

Blackboard Learn in the Cloud (SaaS)

A migration of Blackboard Learn to the Cloud brings all the benefits of a cloud architecture with no change to the experience that is already familiar to you and our students. It does come however with significant benefits;

  • With a cloud-computing environment, we benefit from more frequent updates (new features, enhancements, fixes, etc.) with zero or minimal downtime for lecturers and students.
  • A SaaS model allows Blackboard to deliver maintenance, updates, and fixes to production faster than ever before, and the cloud platform easily scales during periods of high usage.
  • The SaaS model allows Blackboard to deliver enhancements and new features faster than ever before, so we can have the latest features versus having to wait for longer periods of time.

And in the Blackboard Cloud (SaaS) environment we have the option to enable the new Blackboard Learn Ultra experience which brings simplified workflows, a modern look and feel, and a fully responsive interface on all devices. Note; the only pathway to the Blackboard Learn Ultra Experience is through the Blackboard Cloud (Saas) environment.

What is SaaS and the Blackboard Cloud?

SaaS stands for Software-as-a-Service. It is the foundational idea behind a centralised computing model whereby customers have a slice of the environment that has been set up for a consortium of customers. CDU is one of several in the region that is either planning to migrate to SaaS and the Blackboard Cloud or has already migrated.

The SaaS and Blackboard Cloud brings the power of Amazon Web Services infrastructure to host Learnline (Blackboard Learn) and provides large scale computing resources and other services as a completed package.

Learnline upgrade

Learnline will be upgraded to the latest version of Blackboard Learn Friday evening 29 June from 8pm – Tuesday 3 July. Learnline will be unavailable to all users at this time.

The move to SaaS and Blackboard Cloud means a change to the annual upgrade cycle of Learnline which has been typically done at the end of Semester 2. This move will mean that upgrades will happen at a minimum of twice/year and a window will be provided for each upgrade cycle to select the best time for us.

New Features this upgrade

Students receive a notification email for each assignment attempt with information about the submission including attached files. Students can also access receipts at anytime on the My Grades page in the submissions filter area.

Grade Centre Enhancement

This release now has an improved grade centre. Lecturers and markers will now be able to:

  • View full titles of Grade Centre columns, making it easier to distinguish between similarly-titled items;
  • View as many columns as the size of their window will allow; and
  • Enter into Grade Centre full-screen mode to make the most of their desktop experience

More efficient Grade Centre cleanup

Lecturers can now more easily clean up the Full Grade Centre by deleting multiple columns at once. Selected manual and calculated columns are removed completely. Selected columns assoiciated with gradable items are cleared of attempts and grade data but remain in the Grade Centre.


Record attendance in Blackboard Learn

With this release, lecturers can track attendance in both experiences. In Learn courses, a gradebook column is added when the instructor begins taking attendance. The Attendance column provides the overall attendace score in the gradebook, where it can included in the student's overall grade.

Submission Receipt improvements

Students receive a notification email for each assignment attempt with information about the submission including attached files. Students can also access receipts at any time on the My Grades page in the submissions filter area.

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