The VLE Service has been evaluating the next release of Blackboard (Blackboard 9.0). The purpose of the evaluation was to understand new features, improvements and issues so we could then establish whether an upgrade to Blackboard 9.0 was possible and the level of risk involved.
As a result of this evaluation we have decided not to upgrade to Blackboard 9.0 in the summer 2010, due to the limited number of functional improvements in Blackboard 9.0, versus the significant number of new and unresolved issues with the new version. There is also a need for staff retraining due to a completely new user interface.
The VLE Board has approved a re-evaluation of the upgrade on the release of Blackboard 9.1. This is likely to take place this summer. We are hopeful that version 9.1 will provide sufficient stability and improved features to warrant an upgrade for the 2011-12 academic year.
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