Introducing the VLE Upgrade Project for 2010/11

Over the next 7 months The VLE Support Service will evaluate, configure, test and deploy Blackboard Learn 9.1, the latest update to our institutional VLE.  Blackboard Learn 9.1 will bring a range of new features and improvements to our current implementation, the most noticeable being the updated user interface.

This is a highly technical project however we really want to engage with you, the VLE users, to ensure that you are up to date with our progress and get involved wherever possible.  We’ll be asking VLE champions and stakeholder representatives from across the University to participate in testing, and all users can come to ‘Road show’ presentations on the new system.

The upgrade will take place during the summer of 2011 and will require a period of downtime. This is unavoidable.  We’ll keep this time to a minimum but you should expect one to two weeks.  We will also need to schedule several periods of downtime leading up to the upgrade. Be assured we will always look to minimise the impact to users by scheduling downtime out of term where possible.

For  ongoing communication,  our Blog (+twitter), mailing list and project website will keep you  up to date with the project:

Project website at
Follow us on Twitter:
Subscribe to our low traffic mailing list:

To contact the project team regarding the upgrade email :

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