Blackboard may experience regular maintenance outages between midnight and 4:00 a.m. on Thursday mornings. We appreciate your cooperation and patience during service interruptions.
Additional dates and times for Blackboard unavailability and other Blackboard issues are listed below.
|August 8, 2014||Blackboard Forget (https://forget.vccs.edu), the TEST instance of Blackboard, will be unavailable on Monday 8/11 for an upgrade to the April 2014 release of Blackboard.|
|August 7, 2014||VCCS Network Engineers will be upgrading the Load Balancer at Featherstone during the maintenance window on Thursday, August 7th starting at 12:00 AM. The upgrade will take around 30 minutes to complete. During that time all Featherstone applications, such as Blackboard, SIS, AIS, Wizard, OAA and MyVCCS will be unavailable.|
|August 4, 2014||Between 7:30pm and 8:00pm this evening, there were intermittent Blackboard issues. They are now resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience. Engineers are researching the underlying causes.|
|July 27, 2014||All services hosted by the VCCS (SIS, AIS, Blackboard, My VCCS, etc., etc.) were intermittently unavailable between 2:28 PM and 3:55 PM on Sunday, July 27 due to the failure of a core networking component at the VCCS data center.|
|July 21, 2014||VCCS Network Support staff will be performing an upgrade of the VCCS load balancer during the maintenance window on 7/24 from 12 – 1 am. All hosted applications such as (SIS, AIS, BlackBoard, MyVCCS, OAA and Wizard) may be inaccessible during the upgrade.|
|June 27, 2014||Due to a recent upgrade, users may have encountered problems when using Atomic Learning in Blackboard. Problems include 1) broken links to the Atomic Learning videos in Blackboard courses and 2) if the links to the Atomic Learning videos are created to display as a list, the video content links will not copy over to a new Blackboard course shell.The VCCS ITS is working with Atomic Learning on resolving these problems.
Before a solution is implemented, please use the following instructions to create a web link to an Atomic Learning video in your Blackboard course: In Blackboard, launch Atomic Learning located under TCC tab.Inside the Atomic Learning site, search for the video you would like to post in your Blackboard course. Open the video and click the button Shareto copy the URL of the video. Next, go to the content area of your Blackboard course and create a web link with the URL.
|June 12, 2014||During the standard outage window on Thursday, June 12, from midnight to 4 a.m. Blackboard will be unavailable for the application of Cumulative Patch 10, and a number of building block upgrades.|
|June 3, 2014||The Blackboard profile feature was deployed on June 3rd, giving students and faculty the ability to personalize their system interface. The most requested feature is the ability to insert a picture or avatar at the global navigation menu. Once it has been added to your profile the image appears in forum posts. To access profile go to the upper right corner of Blackboard and click the down chevron (to the left of the log off button). Next, select the Bb profile icon in the upper left of the dropdown menu (immediately to the left of the “Courses” header). Once the profile editor is open you have a number of choices, but to set privacy options and/or add an image simply select “Settings & Privacy.” Options are now visible and can be modified or deleted. Once satisfied with the changes click the “Save” button in the upper right corner of the page. For more detailed directions, visit Blackboard.|
|May 22, 2014 (4:45p.m.)||TCC students have been reporting to the helpdesk that students are still having trouble accessing Blackboard. A VCCS issues ticket has been entered. Engineers are still investigating the issues with Blackboard. At 4:30p.m. they performed a password sync function to determine if that would alleviate problems. Troubleshooting will continue.|
|May 22, 2014||Blackboard will be unavailable from 12:30 to 1:00 PM today.
Colleges have reported and engineers have been investigating slow and interrupted backend operations (course copies, SIS integration, password changes) in Blackboard. Engineers have determined that all Blackboard services will need to be restarted in a coordinated fashion.
|February 28, 2014||Due to recent issues with tests in Blackboard that require the Respondus Lockdown Browser, ITS is looking at enforcing a minimum version for end users to the most recent release (Feb, 2014). Users on older versions will see a notice requiring them to upgrade.|
|February 20, 2014||The issue with Internet Explorer 11 and Blackboard has been fixed. Users should be able to use it without problems. The underlying issue was related to how IE deals with compatibility mode settings.|
|February 19, 2014||At around 9:00 a.m., it was found out that student enrollment had been disabled in all the TCC Blackboard course shells. The Center for eLearning worked with the VCCS IT department on resolving this issue. Student enrollment was enabled in the TCC Blackboard courses at 9:55 a.m.|
|February 13, 2014||Internet Explorer 11 was released by Microsoft via their automatic updates on Tuesday night. IE 11 will now crash for instructors when they try to access a course with edit mode on. VCCS has a ticket open with Blackboard, but instructors may have to use alternate browsers until this can be addressed.|
|February 12, 2014||During the standard outage window from midnight on 2/13, Blackboard will be patched primarily to resolve an issue with client-side java permissions. Following the application of the patch, end users may still need to clear their java cache.|
|January 15, 2014||From the morning of January 14 to the early afternoon of January 15, MyTCC password update was migrating to Blackboard slowly. This caused some students to have to login again when clicking the Blackboard link within MyTCC. Blackboard was available during that time.|