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