Here's everything you need to know about the Blackboard Open LMS 2.9 Maintenance Pack 1 release.

Date Available

The release is available on the following date at 3 AM - 5 AM according to time zone.

  • North America, Central America, and South America, excluding Brazil (Virginia, USA data center) -Clients will be upgraded according to their time zone:
    • Eastern, Amazon and Newfoundland-Labrador time zones: February 4th, 3 AM - 5 AM ET
    • Central time zone: February 4th, 3 AM - 5 AM CT
    • Mountain and Pacific time zones: February 4th, 3 AM - 5 AM PT
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (Amsterdam, NL data center): February 4th, 3 AM - 5 AM GMT
  • Asia Pacific, excluding Australia and New Zealand (Singapore data center): February 4th, 3 AM - 5 AM SGT
  • Australia and New Zealand (Sydney, AU data center): February 4th, 3 AM - 5 AM AEST
  • Brazil (Rio de Janeiro data center): February 4th, 3 AM - 5 AM BGT

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

Non-Production Sites Upgrade Schedule

To improve the quality of the upgrade process and shorten the production upgrade window, non-production (sandbox) sites will be upgraded on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, between 8 AM - 5 PM EST.

Plugin Reviews and Updates

Updates to plugins you are already using will be made available on your site automatically; you do not need to request it. Plugins you are not already using will not be available automatically and will need to be requested in a support ticket.

Updated Plugins

  • Kaltura® - 2015122708
  • McGraw-Hill® AAIRS - 2015051104
  • Scantron Class Climate® - 2015062301
  • Turning Technologies® - 2015070800
  • Turnitin® Moodle Direct (V2) - 2016011101

Bug Fixes and Minor Enhancements

  • General Features
    • Added Traditional Chinese translation
    • Resolved Lori API calls from Publisher cloud failing with a 400 Bad request
    • New: Updated translations
  • Advanced Forum
    • Resolved error displaying when listing groups in Advanced Forum
    • * Added "Post a copy to all groups" checkbox option to Advanced Forums consistent with Moodle Forums
  • Campus Vue Integration
    • * Resolved CampusVue attendance automated export format changing after 2.9 upgrade
  • Folderview
    • Resolved ability to delete sections not available in folderview
  • Joule Grader
    • Resolved Joule Grader comments taking excessive time to process
  • Joule Reports
    • Resolved question mark in Admin Reports SQL throwing error
  • Moodle Core
    • Added Moodle Core 2.9.4 Security Fixes
    • MDL-52078: Resolved Natural Aggregation -Student view of grades not matching the teacher's view
    • MDL-51483: Resolved inserting media in assignment via "online text" causes page to cease loading
  • Personalized Learning Designer
    • Resolved release code restriction being case sensitive
  • Snap
    • Resolved focus not properly providing visual cues
    • Resolved Page/Book module titles displaying after description
    • Resolved single section at a time mode displaying improperly in Snap
    • Resolved conditional flag and restricted information on activity/resource displaying for student even though the restrict access conditions were met
    • Resolved editing is turned off automatically when assignment is added in snap folder view course
    • Resolved screen Reader not announcing content changes in "Next Section"
    • Resolved students unable to print book
    • * Resolved a conditionally restricted asset link with no anchor being rendered as a broken link in Internet Explorer
    • * Added media object focus indicator when navigating with a keyboard
    • * Resolved focus and linking of "Move here" link when navigating with a keyboard
  • Third Party Plugins
    • Resolved Attendance grade update triggering when settings changed

Release notes marked with a star ( * ) were added after the original announcement on February 2, 2016.