Minerva will be upgraded to the latest version of Blackboard over the summer period, providing a cleaner and more intuitive interface alongside additional improvements. Further enhancements to the service will be delivered in summer 2022.
Minerva will be unavailable from 5.00pm on Friday 6 August until Wednesday 11 August while upgrade takes place. Access to other University systems, such as Outlook, OneDrive and Student/Faculty Services, will be unaffected.
Following successful implementation of this upgrade, there will be no ongoing requirement for annual maintenance downtime and the risk of unplanned downtime will also be reduced.
This summer Minerva will be upgraded to the latest version of Blackboard. This process will be delivered in two phases, with initial work in early August 2021 providing a cleaner and more intuitive interface alongside additional improvements:
- No more downtime – following upgrade in August, Minerva will receive monthly bug fixes and feature enhancements without the need for annual maintenance downtime. Crucially, these monthly updates do not require Minerva to be unavailable. The new version of Blackboard is delivered using ‘Software as a Service’ technology, reducing the risk of unplanned downtime
- Mobile friendly platform – the new version of Blackboard provides a significantly better experience to users accessing Minerva on mobile devices, such as phones and tablets
- Accessibility improvements – from August, Minerva will provide a better experience for users of screen reader technology. Blackboard are committed to continuous improvement in this area, with further improvements being made each month
- User engagement – new features, such as Activity Stream, provide students with alerts regarding upcoming assessment deadlines and an at-a-glance view of recent changes made to their modules
Teaching areas, such as modules and organisations, will retain the classic Blackboard look and feel during the 2021/22 academic year. Further changes will be delivered to Minerva during summer 2022, providing a powerful, community-first, truly engaging teaching and learning experience.
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