Blackboard engineers will perform essential system updates and routine maintenance on Saturday morning, July 18, 2015 from 2 AM - 5 AM. Blackboard will be offline during this period.
This maintenance will update the YouTube Mashup and Video Everywhere tools, which allow instructors to integrate videos directly into their lessons and courses from YouTube. These tools are currently is not functioning properly due to Google’s retirement of the YouTube API used within the tool. This maintenance will also address several other improvements to assignments, rubrics, and the grade center.
In preparation for this downtime:
- Instructors: Please refrain from assigning any work that is due on Blackboard during this maintenance window. When the system is offline, students cannot submit their work.
- Students: Please be sure to save or submit any work before this time. Any unsaved or unsubmitted work will immediately be lost when the system shuts down.
After Blackboard is back online, please clear your Internet browser cache and cookies before logging in using these step-by-step instructions.
The UMBC Blackboard team identified a time period that should have the least impact on our users. If our Blackboard site is down longer than expected due to unforeseen circumstances, updates will be posted to this news article.
We appreciate your patience as we continue to improve our systems to bring you a better Blackboard experience.
Update: Maintenance was completed in 96 minutes.