Blackboard Updates May 22-23 Include Attendance Tracking and More

A new feature in Blackboard simplifies course availability.
Kathryn Zawisa

A new feature in Blackboard simplifies course availability.

The annual spring Blackboard Learn upgrade will take place this weekend, adding improvements to existing functionality and responsiveness. 

Blackboard will be unavailable for up to 24 hours, beginning at 11 p.m. on Friday, May 22 through Saturday, May 23. View the IT Status Monitor for additional information about this planned maintenance. 

New features with this upgrade include the ability to easily make courses available along with a new attendance feature in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra that provides faculty and instructors with the ability to track student attendance in Collaborate sessions. Additionally, this upgrade enhances security features for all Blackboard users. 

Find more details about these features and more in this TIPS Blackboard upgrade article.

Blackboard Support

With the need to accommodate teaching and learning in a remote environment at the University of Arkansas, the TIPS Team is available to help departments, faculty and instructors. For support, email or call the remote teaching hotline at 479-575-6804 anytime, Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

For general support contact or 479-575-HELP. 


Kathryn Zawisa, director of academic tech and innovation
IT Services

Jennifer Brown, communications strategist
Information Technology Services


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