Here's everything you need to know about the Blackboard Open LMS 3.3 Maintenance Pack 1 release.

Updates to the release notes made after the initial release date of January 25 are marked with an asterisk *


Release to Production 1 February 2018. The release time depends on your location and time zone:

  • North America, Central America, South America (Virginia, USA data center): Clients will be upgraded according to their time zone:
    • Eastern, Amazon and Newfoundland-Labrador Time Zones: February 1st at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM EDT
    • Central Time Zone: February 1st at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM CDT
    • Mountain and Pacific Time Zones: February 1st at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM PDT
  • South America (Sao Paulo, Brazil, data center): February 1st at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM BRT
  • EMEA (Frankfurt, Germany, data center): February 1st at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM CEST
  • APAC excluding Australia and New Zealand (Singapore data center): February 1st at 2:30 AM - 2:30 AM SGT
  • Australia and New Zealand (Sydney, Australia, data center): February 1st at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM AEST

Downtime will be 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 will be upgraded on Thursday, January 25, 2018, between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

Plugin reviews and updates

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

Updated plugins

  • SafeAssign - Various performance and stability updates
  • SAML2- Added ability to input custom entity ids
  • Ally - Performance improvements
  • Collab - Added group options when group setting is forced in the course.

Bug fixes and minor enhancements

  • General
    • Added the ability to define a custom entityid for the saml2 plugin
    • Fixed a problem on which web services returning user preferences were too strict on type (Backport of MDL-59876 )
  • Open Forums
    • Changed the activity icon in themes different than Snap
  • SafeAssign
    • Added the ability for instructors to receive notifications when new plagiarism scores are available
  • X-Ray
    • Improved course selection performance
  • Snap
    • Fixed comparison reports displaying wrong controls in Boost & Snap
    • Fixed a problem where adding a new section and course tools links were not showing in IE11 when clicked from sections in the second attempt
    • Formatted content now correctly displays in preview.