Blackboard logoWhat's New in Blackboard?

We are updating Blackboard on May 10th, 2016. The update will include some new features and the elimination of the virtual classroom and chat tool. Here are some highlights:

Discussion Threads

Accessibility Updates

Virtual Classroom and Chat tool - End of Life

Have Questions?

My Courses Module Update

Single User Availability 


Discussion Threads

Users can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussions page.

  • Instructors, you can read and learn more about the discussion boards here
  • Students, you can view and learn more about discussion boards here. 

Accessibility Updates

Blackboard is fully committed to delivering product experiences that conform to the highest levels of global accessibility standards. We believe that a mature digital accessibility program must establish a sustainable organizational culture around accessibility. You can view more information about accessibility here

  • Discussion boardsForum descriptions are read on the Create Thread page. This improves accessibility for users with screen reader technologies.
  • AssessmentsWhen creating a hot spot question, an Image Alternate text box is now available. This improves accessibility for users.Learn more about assessments in Blackboard here (instructors) and here (students)
  • Content EditorThe default heading size for all of the embedded headings has been increased so they are properly read in both the view and edit state in the Content Editor. Learn more about the content editor here (instructors) and here (students). 


Virtual Classroom and Chat tools

Due to the discontinuation of support for the third-party technologies on which the Virtual Classroom and Chat course tools rely, on June 30, 2016, Blackboard will end support for these tools and will be removed in this update.  These tools have already been removed from SaaS deployment options for Blackboard Learn. This does not affect Blackboard Collaborate. 

If you still wish to have similar functionalities, we would recommend the following tools: 


My Courses Module - Course Availability 

In the my courses module on Blackboard, all courses will display to students, regardless of whether or not the instructor has made the course available. When a course is unavailable to students, the student will see it in their My Courses list, but will be unable to access it. Students also have the ability to contact the instructor through email to ask about the course availability. You can read more about it here

example of my courses module

 Course availability for students with an incomplete

We now have an easy way to disable access to your course for the majority of your students while keeping it available to those that need to finish an incomplete. You can read more about it here. 


Questions and Support

If you have any questions, issues, or need training. Please submit a ticket to our online help center













 Last Modified 11/8/16