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Learn 3rd Party Building Blocks & Java 11 Readiness

Discussion created by juliahakes on Sep 3, 2019

To address recent changes in Oracle’s Java support model, Blackboard Learn is transitioning to adopt a more recent version of Java, Java 11 Corretto JDK.  To find details regarding the targeted versions and release dates please review the latest announcement details.

 

 

 

To ensure 3rd Party Building Blocks along with partner Building Blocks built with Blackboard are ready, Blackboard has also been proactively reviewing and reaching out to Blackboard partners.  Below you will find a summary of the status of key Learn Building Blocks and the current status with JDK 11 support. 

 

It is important to be aware that if Building Blocks are not updated for Java 11, issues may occur:

 

  • A Building Block that is not compatible with Java 11 or over time becomes incompatible with the Blackboard Learn version can fail to start, can cause performance issues and in some cases can cause an outage.
  • Should a Building Block become incompatible and cause issues for a SaaS or Managed Hosted sites, Blackboard Support may ask you to turn off the Building Block. In more extreme cases, Blackboard Support may change the status of the Building Block to inactive to get the system back to an appropriate operational condition.
  • The Building Block will remain off until a properly working Building Block is provided and tested on the client’s test system.

 

Please take time to review this Building Blocks status list carefully: 

 

  • If any Building Blocks are critical to your Learn site and not yet in a status of VERIFIED, Blackboard encourages you to reach out to the vendor/owner and request an update be provided to Blackboard support for review.
  • If any Building Blocks are critical to your Learn site and not listed in the review below, Blackboard requests you to engage with us in the Community Preview Program.

 

 

 

Building Block

JDK11 Status*

 Owner

Java 11 Version

JDK8 Compatible

Ares Course Reserves

VERIFIED

Atlas Systems 

2.7.1

Atomic Learning

VERIFIED

Hoonuit LLC

2.2.2

Yes

Aviso Coaching Connector 

VERIFIED

Aviso Coaching LLC

4.4.10.0

Yes

Barnes and Noble

AT RISK

Barnes and Noble College

 

Biometric Signature ID

VERIFIED

Biometric Signature ID

2.3800.0 

No

Campus Labs 

AT RISK

Campus Labs 

Cengage MindLinks

VERIFIED

Blackboard

 

Collegis Education

Contact partner for new integration option 

Collegis Education

 

DataSense 

AT RISK

Authentica Solutions 

Digication

VERIFIED

Digication

 

Dropbox

VERIFIED

Blackboard

 

EAC

VERIFIED

Educational Assessments Corporation

5.1.11021 

Yes

Echo360

VERIFIED

Echo360

1.0.9 

Yes

EesySoft Connector

VERIFIED

EesySoft

2.3.104 

Yes

Ensemble Video

VERIFIED

Ensemble Video

3.6.190905 

No

Evaluation Kit

VERIFIED

Evaluation KIT LLC/Watermark Insights LLC

7730.3100.10 

Yes

Examity EDI

AT RISK

Examity

 

Examity SSO

VERIFIED

Examity

1.8.2Yes

ExamSoft

VERIFIED

Examsoft Worldwide Inc

 

ExamSoft V2

VERIFIED

Examsoft Worldwide Inc

 

GoSignMeUp 

AT RISK

GoSignMeUp 

Gradebook Extract

VERIFIED

Blackboard

 

Harvard Business Publishing 

AT RISK

Harvard Business Publishing 

Hawkes Course Sync Tool

VERIFIED

Hawkes Learning Systems

4.1.0 

Yes

Honorlock 

VERIFIED

Honorlock 

3.2.0

Yes

iClicker

VERIFIED

Macmillan New Ventures

5.3.9 

Yes

ILP Integration JDK11 Beta

AT RISK

Ellucian

 

IntelliBoard 

IN PROCESS

IntelliBoard 

ITSIAT RISKITSI Holdings

Kaltura Video

VERIFIED

Kaltura

5.2.8 

Yes

Kortext Bookshelf 

AT RISK

Kortext 

 

KuraCloud 

Contact partner for new integration option 

KuraCloud 

 

LAMS Integration Module 2 

VERIFIED

LAMS International Pty Limited 

1.2.28

Yes

Lynda.com

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LinkedIn Learning

 

McGraw-Hill Campus

VERIFIED

McGraw-Hill Higher Education

9.2.76.11

No

McGraw-Hill Connect and Create

VERIFIED

Blackboard

 

Mediasite 

VERIFIED

Sonic Foundry

7.0.2623Yes

Mediasite for VTBE

VERIFIED

Sonic Foundry

1.0.1017

MyBusinessCourse LTI Integration 

VERIFIED

Ublish 

1.0.2017040

NBC Content Integration 

AT RISK

NBC Universal 

 

Panopto

IN PROCESS

Panopto

 

Partner Cloud

VERIFIED

Blackboard

 

Pearson Custom Integration

VERIFIED

Blackboard

 

Pearson MyLabs and Mastering

VERIFIED

Blackboard

 

Poll Everywhere

VERIFIED

Poll Everywhere

1.0.7 

Yes

Qwickly

VERIFIED

Qwickly LLC

5.4.2.1 

Yes

ReadSpeaker for Blackboard

VERIFIED

ReadSpeaker B.V.

1.0.11 

Yes

Remark Grade Import 

VERIFIED

Gravic, Inc. 

1.0.8Yes

Respondus LockDown Browser

VERIFIED

Respondus

4.0.1 

Yes

Ruffalo Noel-Levitz CSI Survey Link Generator 

AT RISK

Ruffalo Noel-Levitz 

 

ShareStream Tools 

VERIFIED

ShareStream 

5.7.44 

Yes

SmartEvals

VERIFIED

SmartEvals LLC

1.0.37 

Yes

SoftChalk

VERIFIED

SoftChalk

1.3.3 

Yes

Software Secure 

AT RISK

Software Secure 

 

Soomo Publishing

VERIFIED

Soomo Publishing

1.5.8.3800 

Yes

Starfish

VERIFIED

Hobsons

7.6.105 

Yes

Streaming 

AT RISK

Streaming Ltd. 

Studiosity 

VERIFIED

Studiosity 

1.1.3

StudyMate Class 

Contact partner for new integration option 

Respondus 

TaskStream Connectivity 

Contact partner for new integration option 

Watermark Insights LLC 

TechSmith Relay 

Contact partner for new integration option 

TechSmith 

TestOut Integration 

AT RISK

TestOut Corporation 

TopHat Monocle

VERIFIED

Top Hat Monocle

1.2.1

Tripleplay 

AT RISK

Tripleplay Services 

Turning Technologies

Contact partner for new integration option 

Turning Technologies

Turnitin Basic Assignment

VERIFIED

Turnitin LLC

2.8.3 

No

Turnitin Direct Assignment for Blackboard

VERIFIED

Turnitin LLC

20190805.1.0 

No

Urkund Plagiarism B2 

Contact partner for new integration option 

Prio Infocenter 

 

VidGrid

VERIFIED

VidGrid

1.3.1 

Yes

VitalSource Bookshelf

VERIFIED

Blackboard

 

WebAssign

VERIFIED

Cengage Learning

2.3.0 

Yes

WileyPlus

VERIFIED

Blackboard

 

Yuja

VERIFIED

Yuja

5.8.12 

Yes

 

* AT RISK = The 3rd party has not provided an updated Building Block, IN PROCESS = an updated Building Block has been provided to Blackboard and verification is in process, VERIFIED = an updated Building Block has been provided to Blackboard and verification is complete.

 

 

 

To maintain a clean Blackboard Learn environment, Blackboard recommends best practices that keep your Blackboard Learn environment focused on only relevant Building Blocks.  System administrators should review their system for all 3rd party Building Blocks and clean up (remove) Building Blocks to help improve stability and performance, potentially shorten system upgrades, and reduce the risks associated with the Coretto 11 JDK Updates:

 

  1. Review all inactive Building Blocks and if not needed/desired, open a Support ticket to have the Building Block(s) removed. NOTE: For any self-hosted or managed hosted sites, the system administrator can remove the Building Block(s).
  2. Review all active, available and unavailable Building Blocks.
    • If a Building Blocks is not being used but still desired to have on the system, make the Building Block inactive.  This improves stability, application start up times, and potentially performance.
    • If a Building Blocks is not being used and not needed on the system, open a Support ticket to have the Building Block(s) removed. NOTE: For any self-hosted or managed hosted sites, the system administrator can remove the Building Block(s).

 

 

 

TIP: How can you tell if a Building Block may be a 3rd party Building Block? The easiest way to do that is to go into the Admin Panel > Building Blocks > Installed Tools and sort the list by VERSION.  Blackboard core Building Blocks will have the same version that will match the Blackboard Learn release version posted at the top of the System Admin panel; those can be ignored.  All other Building Blocks should be looked at.

 

 

 

This list will be updated weekly to keep you informed ahead of the Learn release supporting JDK11.  For additional questions around the JDK11 update, Blackboard requests you to engage with us in the Community Preview Program.

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