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Faculty needed for Blackboard 9 pilot
Participants will test new version in winter 2009

By Candi Morris and Becky Simons
October 01, 2009

In preparation for a university-wide roll out of Blackboard 9 in 2010, OIT will pilot the new version during Winter quarter. 
Total participation in the pilot is limited to 1000 faculty and student seats.  To provide an accurate assessment of the new version's capabilities, the pilot will include a representative sampling of campuses, departments, class sizes, teaching methodologies and platforms. 
Participation will require the following commitments during Fall 2009 and Winter 2010:

  • Project orientation meeting during November
  • Training and preparation during December, including optional one-on-one sessions
  • Use of Blackboard 9 for selected courses during Winter quarter
  • Regular meetings with Academic Technologies staff to provide detailed feedback about specific features
  • A willingness to experiment with new tools and features

Blackboard 9 Enhancements

Grade Center:
  • Inline grade editing
  • Freeze frame capabilities
  • Email from the gradebook
  • Each grade entered is automatically saved
  • Grade history (shows changes)
  • Create and print grade reports
  • Drop lowest score easily


  • Create multiple groups at once
  • Students randomly assigned to groups

New Features:

  • Completely new look and feel
  • Performance notification
  • Drag and drop functionality

For questions, please send e-mail to bbsupport@ohio.edu.

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