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Blackboard Integration Updates

Blackboard, the University’s learning management system, has many third-party publishers and other vendors whose content and teaching tools integrate with Blackboard. The technology these tools rely on has become outdated, and the vendors will be updating to a more modern technology through May 2024.

The Office of Information Technology has scheduled these updates between semesters over a period of 24 months to minimize disruption and reduce the amount of content instructors need to rebuild at one time.

Upcoming changes

The following integration updates are scheduled to be completed in December 2023. To filter the table, add a search term, or click on a heading to sort.

ToolDescription of Update
ExamSoft

Blackboard has extended support for this tool. The vendor is still working on their replacement tool, and details about the change are not yet available. Anticipated update May 2024

GoReact

We have extended support for this tool. Anticipated update in May 2024.

Hawkes

We have extended support for this tool. Anticipated update in May 2024. 

PanoptoBlackboard has extended support for this tool. The vendor is still working on their replacement tool, and details about the change are not yet available. Anticipated update May 2024

Previous updates

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SemesterToolDescription
Fall 2023Starfish

This tool was updated in December 2023.

Fall 2023GivePulse

This tool was updated on December 18th, 2023.

Fall 2023Create a Test Course

This tool was retired as of December 31st, 2023. An alternative tool is not available, and the current tool will not work beyond that date and time as it will no longer be compatible with Blackboard. You can instead place a request with the IT Service Desk for assistance with creating a test course.

Fall 2023Course Merge

This tool was retired as of December 31st, 2023. An alternative tool is not available, and the current tool will not work beyond that date and time as it will no longer be compatible with Blackboard. You can instead place a request with the IT Service Desk for assistance with merging your course enrollments.

Fall 2023Add/Modify EnrollmentsThis tool was retired as of December 31st, 2023. An alternative tool is not available, and the current tool will not work beyond that date and time as it will no longer be compatible with Blackboard. You can instead place a request with the IT Service Desk for assistance with adding or modifying existing users within your courses and organizations.
Summer 2023SkillsoftSkillsoft was retired on May 11, 2023.
Summer 2023Shadow HealthShadow Health was updated on May 11, 2023.
Fall 2023Cirrus by ParadigmCirrus by Paradigm was retired based on low usage.
Fall 2023EvolveEvolve was retired based on low usage.
Fall 2023HypothesisHypothesis was retired based on results of the pilot phase.
Fall 2023Lumen LearningCourse content will need to be recreated for spring. Please reference Lumen’s instructor guide and contact your publisher representative for help if needed.
Fall 2023Macmillan LearningCourse content will need to be recreated for spring. Please reference Macmillan’s instructor guide and contact your publisher representative for help if needed.
Fall 2023McGraw Hill (Connect and Create & Higher Education)Course content will need to be recreated for spring. McGraw Hill has created instructor guides for both Blackboard Original and Blackboard Ultra. If you are using an eText, follow McGraw Hill's adding an eBook link for students guide. You may also schedule time with the McGraw Hill Customer Success Team for additional assistance if needed.
Fall 2023Pearson (MyLab & Revel)Course content will need to be recreated for spring. Pearson has created instructor guides for both Blackboard Original and Blackboard Ultra. Please contact your publisher representative for help if needed.
Fall 2023ProctortrackMost existing links should continue to work. Instructors with a custom Proctortrack tool link in the Course Menu for Spring semester courses that was created before 11 a.m. on December 16 will need to recreate that link with the new Proctortrack tool.
Fall 2023Rising Software (Auralia & Musition)Existing links should continue to work.
Fall 2023XimeraXimera was retired based on low usage.
Summer 2022Top HatThis update changed the process to pair Top Hat with both Blackboard Original and Blackboard Ultra courses. The new process requires initiating the sync process from within Blackboard rather than Top Hat, as demonstrated in the video How to Pair a Top Hat Course with a Blackboard course. The new process syncs Blackboard and Top Hat rosters, allows instructors to invite students to a Top Hat course, and sends grades from Top Hat directly to the Blackboard Grade Center.
Summer 2022Turnitin

This update affected instructors using Turnitin in Blackboard Original courses, which required rebuilding all assignments or switching to Blackboard Assignment or Peer Assessment features. Instructors using Turnitin in Blackboard Ultra were not affected.

Turnitin was fully retired on July 31, 2022, and assignments created prior to the updates are no longer visible. 

Summer 2022VoiceThreadThe VoiceThread update was completed with minimal impact and did not require instructors to rebuild content.
Fall 2022Alexander StreetAlexander Street was retired based on low usage.
Fall 2022Cirrus by ParadigmThis update was announced but delayed by the publisher and will occur in a future semester.
Fall 2022EbscohostThis update required instructors to relink their library course content for fall with the new tool.
Fall 2022Flatworld KnowledgeThis update required instructors to recreate course content with the new tool provided by the publisher.
Fall 2022H5PH5P was retired based on user feedback after the contract ended in August 2022.
Fall 2022LabsterLabster was retired when the contract ended.
Fall 2022PackbackThis update required instructors to recreate links to course content for Fall 2022.
Fall 2022PerusallThis update required instructors to recreate links to course content for Fall 2022.
Fall 2022PiazzaPiazza was retired based on low usage.
Fall 2022RedshelfRedshelf was retired based on low usage.
Fall 2022Top HatTop Hat updates were completed via emergency maintenance in August 2022. The new Top Hat integration is called Top Hat Course Launch and can automatically sync rosters and grades. Also available is Top Hat Deep Linking, which allows instructors to display links to specific Top Hat content within Blackboard. Instructors were required to relink all Top Hat content for fall using the new integration.
Fall 2022WileyThis update required instructors to recreate course content with the new tool provided by the publisher.
Fall 2022WW NortonThe publisher upgraded their software with no impact except for a brief outage while updates were made.
Fall 2022ZybooksThis update required instructors to recreate course content with the new tool provided by the publisher.