We're delighted to announce that the next Blackboard Open LMS release is January 03, 2019.

This release brief is your primary source of release information. It is a living document that includes high-level information about the new release components, links to key documentation and release notes, and links to access the recordings of our customer webinars.

This is a living document. Return often so you can get the most up-to-date information and resources throughout the release process.

We are excited about moving forward together with you! If you have any questions regarding the release process, please reach out to your client engagement team at [email protected]ckboard.com.

Release notes


Release schedule

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

New release on non-production (sandbox) sites

  • We will upgrade non-production (sandbox) sites on December 06, 2018 between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET. Non-production upgrades occur during North American business hours to improve the quality of the upgrade process and shorten the production upgrade window.

New release on production sites

  • North America, Central America, South America (Virginia, USA datacenter): Upgrades will occur on client sites according to their time zone:
    • Eastern, Amazon and Newfoundland-Labrador Time zones: January 3rd, 2019 at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM EST
    • Central Time zone: January 3rd, 2019 at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM CST
    • Mountain and Pacific Time zones: January 3rd, 2019 at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM PST
  • South America (São Paulo, Brazil data center): January 3rd, 2019 at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM BRST
  • EMEA (Amsterdam, Netherlands data center): January 3rd, 2019 at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM CET
  • APAC excluding Australia and New Zealand (Singapore datacenter): January 3rd, 2019 at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM SGT
  • Australia and New Zealand (Sydney, Australia datacenter): January 3rd, 2019 at 12:30 AM - 6:30 AM AEDT

What's New

In this release, we focused on the following:

  1. Upgrade to Moodle Core 3.5.3
    • Global Search
    • New criteria for badges
    • LTI advantage 1.1 support
    • Cohort themes
    • Filter questions by tag
  2. New PLD enrollment action
  3. New profile based branding in Snap
  4. Important information about Clean and More themes
  5. Removed plugins
  6. Updated plugins

Release notes