Here's everything you need to know about the Blackboard Open LMS 3.7 Maintenance Pack 1 Release. This is a working document, so follow this page and check back often for updates!

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

Availability

Release to production February 13th, 2020. The release time depends on your location and time zone:

  • North America, Central America, South America (Virginia, USA datacenter): Clients will be upgraded according to their data center timezone:
    • Eastern, Amazon and Newfoundland-Labrador Timezones: February 13th at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM EDT
    • Central Timezone: February 13th at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM CDT
    • Mountain and Pacific Timezones: February 13th at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM PDT
  • South America (Sao Paulo, Brazil datacenter): February 13th at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM BRT
  • EMEA (Frankfurt datacenter): February 13 at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM CEST
  • APAC excluding Australia and New Zealand (Singapore datacenter): February 13th at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM SGT
  • Australia and New Zealand (Sydney, AU datacenter): February 13th at 12:30 AM - 2:30 AM AEST

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 Thursday, February 6th, 2020, between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT.

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

What's new

Flash Apocalypse plugin

Flash usage has been decreasing over the years and the official end-of-life for Flash is planned for December 2020. The Flash Apocalypse plugin tool allows you to find flash content across your site. Then you can choose to delete it or replace it.

More information on Flash Apocalypse plugin (may be available in English only)

The Flash Apocalypse plugin is available and active in your site by default. You don't need to request or download it.

Find and upload images in PLD's HTML email editor

We've added a new button to the HTML email editor in the Personalized Learning Designer. This new button allows you to upload images and videos to an email created through a PLD rule. Before this implementation, you could only add images by attaching a specific URL.

Active user count panel

You can access your user count panel via Site administration > Blackboard Open LMS > Active and registered users or directly using this url: (your_site_url)/admin/tool/mrooms/report/siteuser/index.php

If you want to check your active users by month or averages, and to view other useful information about your user counts, be sure to check out our active user information video (may be available in English only).

What if we have more users than planned?

Nothing to worry about! You won't lose your data from these users and your platform will keep working perfectly fine. If you have questions about your user plan or want to discuss various options to fit your growth, you can contact us at [email protected]

Here are some additional tutorials that show you how to clean up old users or disable courses that are no longer active in the platform: (may be available in English only)


Updated plugins

Updates to plugins you already use are made available on your site automatically; you don't need to request it.

  • Intelliboard
  • Intellicart
  • Microsoft plugins
  • Grid plugin
  • H5P reporting module

Open Mobile Block

The end of Life for the Open Mobile Block was executed in 2018. The final code removal and clean up target release is the Open LMS 3.7 MP 2 release in April, 2020. This won't affect the Open LMS mobile application, Moodle mobile application, or custom applications delivered via Open LMS's Mobile app branding services.


Bug fixes and minor enhancements

  • Moodle Core
    • Backport MDL-62777 and MDL-63795
    • Unable to reset course using Select Default setting if mod_bigbluebuttonbn isn't installed
  • Ally
  • Conduit
    • Conduit default template setting causing new courses to have zero sections
  • PLD
    • PLD course grade percent token renders incorrect when a student's grade is a 0
  • Snap
    • Improved JS player in areas when using Snap
    • An intermittent error related to web componenets was corrected
    • Removal of extra whitespace added to activities without a Snap card
    • When creating a new course section, images can be loaded from the computer gallery
    • Unexpected display of Admin block edit menu
    • Advanced feeds improvements
    • The "Jump To" navigation no longer displays during a quiz attempt in Snap theme
    • Behat scenario for Snap front page is broken
  • Sharing cart
    • Snap lazy loading course sections no longer hide the "copy to sharing cart" option in the submenu
  • SafeAssign
    • SafeAssign sync assignments task fails if the file is missing from the student's submission