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  • Configuration: Managed hosting (diamond)
  • Production Learn release: Q4 2015 (upgraded 9th July 2016)
  • Staging Learn release: Q4 2015 CU2 currently installed and in testing, expecting to take into Production this Sunday/Monday barring any issues with exam periods
  • Testing Learn Release: Q2 2016 + Bb "Ultra-Like" theme, general investigation at this time
  • Next Production upgrade: Mid-2017, unsure which version as yet, likely Q4 2016 or SAAS depending on progress of development
  • Collaborate: Ultra, transitioning away from Classic
  • Originality reporting: SafeAssign
  • Current B2s, LTI tools, publisher and system integrations: Respondus, Pearson MyLabs, McGraw Hill, Wiley, Cengage,, PebblePad, Smartsparrow, YourTutor, Piazza, Bb Mobile Learn/Bb Student, Bb Analytics, eXplorance Blue, Concord Masterfile, SIS integration (SOAP) used extensively for course enrolments and group memberships from Student Management System (vendor Technology One)
  • Lecture capture: Mediasite - auto-scheduled and manual recordings


JCU is now approaching the end of Semester 2 2016 for domestic campuses, so Learn instance is entering a high usage period for assessment submissions and exam study.

  • Last Blackboard upgrade was in July 2016 - to Q4 2015 release - on premise

  • Next Bb upgrade expected July 2017 then to SaaS in late 2018

  • Expect to migrate to Echo cloud around Nov 2017

  • Implementing new student strategy

  • In 2017 we are likely to deploy iThenticate for thesis and research paper checking.

  • About to release new standards for online course design

  • Deploying Chalk and Wire ePortfolio system

  • The future of the central eLearning systems support team is being considered as part of a restructure proposal for IT Services at UQ

  • Increased concern about ‘ghost writing’ by students

  • Increased concern about security of grades management

  • Ongoing growth in online marking using TII FeedbackStudio. The figure below compares Semester 1 data over the years

  • eLearning technology focus areas for 2017 will include: active learning class engagement tools; pre-class learning material esp video (Mix with Quizz, Echo, Kaltura with Quizz etc); online marking; peer assessment for group work


UTS Institutional Update

Posted by cf21492 Oct 17, 2016
  • Currently on 9.1 Q4 2015 CU2; just entering UAT this week for an upgrade in mid November to Q2 2016 CU3, big selling point is the responsive design but it has taken a lot of work to apply our institutional branding to it.
  • Building a business case to change our administration and integrations to support new subject sites each semester (currently recycling and reusing existing sites) and have had Bb Consulting on site recently to assist.
  • Will be talking to Bb Product development next week about the Bb ePortfolio roadmap, and happy to hear from any other uni's with enhancement wishlists we can add to our own.

Hosting - Bb Managed Hosted, Diamond Client

Environments - Production, Staging and Test

Current Release – Bb Learn 9.1 October 2014

Upgrading to – Bb Learn 9.1 Q4, 2015

Upgrade schedule – Friday 4-5 November 2016


Bb License -  Community, Content Management System, Mobile Learn, Mosaic, Social Profiles and Tools, Blackboard Portfolios, Blackboard IM, Bb Collaborate (Original/Ultra), Bb A4L, SQL Reporting Services, Pyramid Analytics, VoiceThread


A4L upgrade planned for mid-November to release - 4.3.2


Other Building blocks/plugins/LTI tools include -


Explorance (Student Evaluation)


Accreditation Data (Custom B2)       

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Respondus LockDown Browser (pilot)

Bb Collaborate Ultra Experience (pilot)


Under Review

Your Tutor

SIS Framework

Online Proctoring