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There are four options available for getting Learn Test/Development systems:


Option 1 - Shared SaaS Systems for partners. There are 4. 2 Ultra Nav, 2 Original. 2 on SaaS client-test. 2 on SaaS production. File a ticket on Behind the Blackboard. Request access to Shared SaaS Systems for Blackboard Partners. Good for LTI & REST development on the most current versions of Learn. One can also use these for testing of Building Blocks (B2s). Note that B2s cannot surface content in an Ultra course.


Option 2 - Your own private AMI instance of Learn. Good for REST & LTI. No B2s. You can choose Ultra or not. Follow the instructions on this page to set up an AMI.


Option 3 – The Developer Virtual Machine. Good for LTI, REST, & B2 development. Ultra is not available on these. Use the provided links to download a DVM. Runs on a developer’s local desktop. Good for REST, LTI, & B2s. No Ultra. Ultra is only available in SaaS and the AMI.


Option 4 – This option may have been mentioned in your welcome package. Your partnership license may include a Blackboard Learn Learn license. If it does, you can follow the instructions on our Help pages to install a self-hosted version of Learn using that license. Good for REST, LTI & B2s. No Ultra. Ultra is only available in SaaS and the AMI.

[Tech Webinar] The Changing Learning Management System Landscape

Hosted by Eduventures and Blackboard


The education ecosystem is undergoing rapid change as institutions look to leverage actionable data to drive student success and meet the needs of a changing student demographic. This has put increasing pressure on the learning management system (LMS), the most widely-adopted tool to support teaching and learning, to evolve to meet changing demands, pedagogical approaches, and modalities. This shows that the LMS is necessary but not sufficient to deliver a modern teaching and learning ecosystem.


Join Eduventures Principal Analyst James Wiley as he discusses how institutions are partnering with vendors to solve these challenges. In addition, hear from Blackboard Chief Learning and Innovation Officer Phillip Miller on the shifting perception of the LMS as a one-dimensional online learning tool, and how Blackboard sees it evolving into a platform that combines broad capabilities to solve complex educational challenges.

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On this Blog space we'll post upcoming events and webinars that should be of interest to Blackboard Partners. This post is the first of many!


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Posted by mkauffman Nov 30, 2016

Q4 2106/3100.0 is out. A big change is an upgrade from Tomcat 7 to Tomcat 8. Be certain to test early and often!