Here's everything you need to know about the Blackboard Open LMS 3.0 Maintenance Pack 2 release.

Availability

Release to Production 13 October 2016. The release time depends on your location and time zone:

  • North America, Central America, South America (Virginia, USA data center) - Clients are upgraded according to their time zone:
    • Eastern, Amazon and Newfoundland-Labrador time zones: October 13th at 12:30am - 2:30am EDT
    • Central Timezone: October 13th at 12:30am - 2:30am CDT
    • Mountain and Pacific Timezones: October 13th at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM PDT
  • South America (São Paulo, Brazil datacenter): October 13th at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM BRT
  • EMEA (Amsterdam, Netherlands datacenter): October 13th at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM CEST
  • APAC excluding Australia and New Zealand (Singapore datacenter): October 13th at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM SGT
  • Australia and New Zealand (Sydney, Australia datacenter): October 13th at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM EST

Downtime is required for your production AND non-production sites during this window.

Non-production site upgrade schedule

To improve the quality of the upgrade process and shorten the production upgrade window, non-production (sandbox) sites are upgraded on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 between 8 PM - 5 PM EDT.


Plugin reviews and updates

Updates to plugins you currently use are made available on your site automatically; you do not need to request updates. Plugins you do not use are not available automatically. You need to request access to them by submitting a support ticket.

New plugins

Updated plugins

  • Biometric Signature-ID™ (version 2016090100)
  • Choice group (version 2016090500)
  • McGraw-Hill® AAIRS (version 2015111604)
  • Panopto® (version 2016081200)
  • Panopto Editor Buttons for TinyMCE & Atto (version 2016081200)
  • ReadSpeaker® (version 2016100302)

Bug fixes and minor enhancements

  • Joule General
    • Added a new plugin that helps administrators migrate to site-wide SSL. The plugin inspects externally-hosted, embedded content for its viability to utilize SSL, and allows the administrator to convert that content to HTTPS in bulk.
    • Danish was added to the list of supported language translations
    • Fixed an error with certain site configurations when accessing daily database backups
    • Fixed an issue where Italian and Catalan language packs were not translating the dates in the topic summary
    • Fixed an incorrect POSIX style locale definition in the Spanish language pack
  • Advanced Forums
    • Advanced forum icons now change color when de-selected
    • An error message is no longer displayed when using a hidden Advanced Forum with a "Single activity" course configuration
    • The sort and filter options have been removed for "Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format"
  • Conduit
    • Fixed an issue where the Conduit web service method "get_user_course_activities_due" excluded incomplete assignment submissions
  • Collaborate Ultra
    • Updated the WSDL self-referencing URL, which was causing errors in certain network configurations
  • Course Converters
    • ANGEL fill-in-the-blank questions with shared answers are now imported correctly
  • Joule Reports
    • The Admin SQL report is now available under site-level navigation
    • Numerical data in reports is limited to 2 decimal points of accuracy
    • Percentages now show the percentage as well as the denominator (total)
    • Many Joule Reports now include a description about their intended use, which includes information on what users should be looking for within the report as well as which actions they may want to take
      • Users can hide this information after the initial viewing
  • Moodle Core
    • Backported MDL-54606: Add support for Redis as a session_class_handler
    • Backported MDL-33741: Teacher can't access course files in hidden categories using the Filepicker with the server files repository
    • Backported MDL-48756: Atto autosave does weird things on form submit
  • Snap
    • Snap now displays a "submitted" tag in the Personal Menu for assignment submissions
    • Fixed a case where the error message was not displayed for course creations using Common Cartridge
    • Fixed an issue where the Personalized Learning Designer Display Modal blocked the Personal Menu
    • Fixed an issue where the alternate text of an image was always displaying on the course page using the Page resource
    • Optimized Javascript for Folderview courses
    • Added full-width class mixing
    • Updated icon sets to use the same colors and styles
    • Improved consistency of styling overrides on the Site Frontpage
    • Fixed an issue with certain style overrides in the course topic summary
    • Fixed an issue where the Site Frontpage displayed the breadcrumb as white text on a white background when a site cover image was used
    • Snap now supports lazy loading configurations of the Oembed filter
    • Button links now use the configured brand color
    • Snap no longer displays completion data in the Personal Menu when the course doesn't contain any items that require completion
    • Fixed a whitespace issue with Topics and Weekly course formats when using Safari
    • Conditional Release in Snap no longer requires a page refresh to work correctly
    • Icons are now sized correctly when using the Edit Dates Report
    • Section numbering now works as expected using Topics course formats
    • Fixed issues where the Personal Menu was opening unexpectedly
    • Styled the buttons for 'Define Checklist' and 'Define Rubric' forms
    • File feedback in Joule Grader now properly shows 'Display options'
    • Fixed an issue where first.js failed to load on the course page after purging caches
    • Fixed an issue where dates in the Calendar were not displaying in the Monthly View
    • Gradable activity titles on the 'Export XML file' page now precede the checkbox
    • Fixed an issue where the Collaborate Ultra session end time was not accurately reflected in the Deadlines section of the Personal Menu
    • The Table of Contents is now dynamically updated with course changes
    • Fixed an issue that caused errors due to the unavailability of the Genius integration on non-Blackboard Open LMS hosted sites
    • Fixed a Postgres SQL incompatibility issue with retrieving the Forum Posts in the Personal Menu
    • Fixed an issue with selected users in the 'Send a message' dialog in Joule Reports
  • X-Ray*
    • X-Ray usage now displays correctly in Moodle log reports*
    • Fixed an issue when attempting to get error details through Moodle logs*
    • Fixed several issues where the date of report generation was displaying incorrectly*
    • Fixed an issue when Viewing Course Logs with X-Ray enabled*
    • Fixed an issue with the X-Ray data export process where it was incorrectly handling carriage returns*
  • Other Community Plugins
    • Panopto block sets max execution time to unlimited whenever it is loaded
    • Fixed an error message while adding variables without entering any details in the Attendance settings tab

Release notes identified by an asterisk (*) were added after the original announcement on October 11, 2016.