Blackboard Learn SaaS release schedule

Use the dates below to anticipate when your Blackboard Learn environments receive the latest features and maintenance items.

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Jump to the Flexible Deployment Option release schedule

What does the release version number mean?

Blackboard Learn uses a combined versioning schema for all deployments of the format: X.Y.Z-rel.abcdefg. Each of the digits and information in the versioning schema has a specific meaning.

  • X – the first number in the schema represents the “major” Q2 or Q4 version for a given release. E.g. 3100 = Q4 2016, 3200 = Q2 2017, etc.
  • Y – the second number in the schema represents the “minor” version for a given release and is relevant only to SaaS Continuous Delivery customers. E.g. 3100.1 = the first Continuous Delivery release after the 3100 / Q4 2016 release.
  • Z – the third number in the schema represents the “point” version for a given release and aligns with Cumulative Updates for major Q2 or Q4 releases available to Self-Hosted, Managed Hosting, and SaaS Flexible Deployment customers. E.g. 3100.0.1 = Cumulative Update 1 for Q4 2016 release.
  • -rel.abcdefg – the last piece of information in the schema represents the specific build number for a release. This build number is only relevant for technical troubleshooting and internal Blackboard development systems, and can generally be ignored by most customers. Blackboard Support may request this build number for validation when clients submit support cases.

    The build number may differ between a release's stages (Test/Staging and Production). If you notice that a release's build number in your Test or Staging environment doesn't match the release's build number in your Production environment, this is normal and expected.

Continuous Delivery release schedule

Each release contains new features or feature enhancements, as well as maintenance items.

Read the release notes

Blackboard Learn SaaS CD Releases
Release Number Release to Test Servers* Release to Production Servers*
v3600.4.0 7 May 2019 6 June 2019
v3600.2.0 9 April 2019 2 May 2019
v3600.0.0 12 March 2019 4 April 2019
v3500.11.0 12 February 2019 7 March 2019
v3500.9.0 8 January 2019 31 January 2019
v3500.7.0 11 December 2018 3 January 2019
v3500.5.0 13 November 2018 6 December 2018
v3500.3.0 16 October 2018 1 November 2018
v3500.0.0 11 September 2018 4 October 2018
v3400.11.0 7 August 2018 6 September 2018
v3400.9.0 10 July 2018 2 August 2018
v3400.7.0 12 June 2018 5 July 2018
v3400.5.0 16 May 2018 31 May 2018
v3400.3.0 18 April 2018 4 May 2018
v3400.1.0 21 March 2018 6 April 2018

*These dates are approximate. Your system may be updated a couple days before or after this date.

All releases in continuous delivery are cumulative. For example, v3000.5.0 includes all content from v3000.4.0 and previous releases. Where a cell is marked with a dash ("-"), this release was not applied to the noted environment and changes will be rolled into the next release.

Flexible Deployment Option release schedule

Read the release notes

Starting with the 3200.0.0 release (FDO Q2 2017), Flexible Deployment releases follow a different schedule than Continuous Delivery releases. Instead of a set deployment date for the release to Production instances, Blackboard provides multiple update windows for SaaS FDO customers to choose from. To select an update window, please contact Customer Support. If a customer doesn’t request a specific update window, the system receives the release on the last available date and time.

More on the Flexible Deployment Option for Blackboard Learn SaaS

Release Number Release to Test Servers* Date Options for Release to Production Servers
v3500.0.2 / Q4 2018 CU2 10 January 2019 24 January 2019
v3500.0.1 / Q4 2018 CU1 27 November 2018

13 December 2018

18 December 2018

v3500.0.0 / Q4 2018 18 October 2018 15 November 20181
v3400.0.4 / Q2 2018 CU4 2 October 2018 18 October 2018
v3400.0.3 / Q2 2018 CU3 8 August 2018 23 August 2018

13 September 2018

v3400.0.2 / Q2 2018 CU2 23 July 2018 9 August 2018
v3400.0.1 / Q2 2018 CU1 18 April 2018 18 May 2018, 5:00 PM Local time

25 May 2018, 5:00 PM Local time

8 June 2018, 5:00 PM Local time

*These dates are approximate. Your system may be updated a couple days before or after this date.

1 Clients who wish to receive Q4 2018 without Cumulative Update 1 can file the request via a support case on Behind the Blackboard to receive the November Production release. All clients will receive CU1 in December. Clients who don't request the Production release in November will receive the Q4 2018 release with CU1 in December. This language was updated on 11/16 to reflect the current FDO policy. We apologize for any confusion.