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

Read the release notes

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

Release notes are published on or about the same day a release reaches Test servers.

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.

Blackboard Learn SaaS CD Releases
Release Number Release to Test Servers* Release to Production Servers* Help Documentation Publication Date**
v3900.7.0 9 June 2020 2 July 2020 29 June 2020
v3900.5.0 12 May 2020 4 June 2020 1 June 2020
v3900.3.0 14 April 2020 7 May 2020 4 May 2020
v3900.0.0 10 March 2020 2 April 2020 30 March 2020
v3800.4.0 11 February 2020 5 March 2020 2 March 2020
v3800.2.0*** 14 January 2020 3 February 2020
6 February 2020****
3 February 2020
v3800.0.0 19 December 2019 N/A  
v3700.16.0 12 November 2019

5 December 2019

18 December 2019

2 December 2019
v3700.14.0 15 October 2019 7 November 2019 4 November 2019
v3700.11.0***** 11 September 2019 3 October 2019 30 September 2019
v3700.9.0 15 August 2019 5 September 2019 3 September 2019
v3700.7.0 16 July 2019 12 August 2019 5 August 2019

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

**Help documentation refers to help topics for students, instructors, and administrators. Release notes are published on or about the same day a release reaches Test servers.

***Previously, we communicated that we would skip the 3800.2.0 release. Because 3800.2.0 contains only maintenance items, issue resolutions, and minor UI updates, we decided to add this release back to the schedule so that clients can receive these fixes sooner. To allow for necessary Building Block testing with Java 11, 3800.0.0 will be a Test/Staging release only. Production environments will be upgraded to 3800.2.0 directly from 3700.16.0 in February.

****The 3800.2.0 Production release will be divided by region or time zone to ensure release quality. All upgrades will occur during off-hours in each region or time zone. 

- Monday, February 3: Americas Central; Asia and Oceania; Europe, Middle East, and Africa; Americas Mountain; Americas Pacific
- Thursday, February 6: Americas Eastern #1, institution names A–G, Americas Eastern #2, institution names H–R, Americas Eastern #3, institution names S–Z

Learn more about the phased Production release schedule for 3800.2.0

*****This release was formerly numbered 3800.0.0. We bumped the version number to 3700.11.0 to reflect alignment with 9.1 and SaaS FDO releases with compatible Java versions. All subsequent release numbers have been updated to reflect the new number series. Release dates remain unchanged.

 


Flexible Deployment Option release schedule

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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

Starting July 2020, Blackboard will no longer support the Flexible Deployment Option for SaaS environments. Blackboard Learn SaaS will only be delivered in a continuous delivery cadence at this date. For more information on how and when this change affects you, visit Behind the Blackboard.

Release Number Release to Test Servers* Date Options for Release to Production Servers
v.3800.0.1 / Q4 2019 CU1 21 February 2020 26 February 20201
v.3800.0.0 / Q4 2019 23 December 2019 29 January 2020
12 February 2020
v.3700.0.5 / Q2 2019 CU 5 20 November 2019 4 December 2019
v.3700.0.4 / Q2 2019 CU 4 25 September 2019 9 October 2019
v.3700.0.3 / Q2 2019 CU 3 15 August 2019 28 August 2019
v.3700.0.2 / Q2 2019 CU 2 3 July 2019 17 July 2019
v3700.0.1 / Q2 2019 CU 1 5 June 2019 20 June 2019
v3700.0.0 / Q2 2019 1 May 2019

16 May 20192

30 May 20192

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

1 We've set a shorter turnaround time between the Test and Production server updates to resolve an issue.

2 We've shifted the Production release dates for Q2 2019 (3700.0.0) in response to client feedback. Clients who wish to receive Q2 2019 (3700.0.0) on either May 16th or May 30th can file the request via a support case on Behind the Blackboard. All FDO clients will receive Cumulative Update 1 to Production environments on June 20th.