Blackboard Learn – what’s changing this summer?

Moving to the Cloud 31st July – 3rd August 2020

We will be moving Blackboard to a more reliable, cloud-based platform over the first weekend in August.

Blackboard and Turnitin will be unavailable for the entire weekend

  • from 20:00 BST on Friday 31 July
  • for the whole of Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August
  • for most of Monday 3 August.

This is a major system upgrade, and it is impossible to predict accurately the total time required. Therefore the system should be considered as “at risk” for the whole of Monday.

Update 3rd August 21:10
The upgrade and migration have now completed and you can log in again

 

Updates will be posted on the IT Status page.

If there are any documents you need from Blackboard over the weekend, please make sure you download them before 8pm on Friday 31 July.
You could also use the Blackboard mobile app to save documents for offline use.

The new platform brings many advantages:

  • Regularly updated – quicker access to bug fixes and new features.
  • Future upgrades won’t require any downtime.
  • Greater system reliability.

 

Logging in to Blackboard

As part of the upgrade, we will be changing the way you log in to Blackboard. From August, logging in will be exactly the same as signing in to other University systems, such as email and OneDrive. In fact, if you are already signed in to your University Microsoft account, you won’t need to sign in again to Blackboard.

New Blackboard login page - screenshot

For most students, when signing in, on the first screen you will need to enter username@student.reading.ac.uk
– for example ab123456@student.reading.ac.uk

Microsoft student sign in page - screenshot

See more on this page:  How to log in to Blackboard

 

Signing in to the Blackboard mobile app

From August, when you sign in to the Blackboard mobile app you will need to click on the Web Login button.

Blackboard App login screen

You will then be taken to the University’s Microsoft sign in page inside the app.

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