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Blackboard Changes in 2022

Faculty Workshops about the Changes to Blackboard 

Learn More about the Changes to Blackboard 

On December 29, 2022, a number of changes were made to Blackboard. Changes include how the site is accessed (authentication), a significant makeover to the site's navigation pages, as well as the use of accessibility features. 

Note, that no changes to courses or course functionality will take place, just the web page navigation surrounding the courses.

1. We have transitioned from NetID authentication to Active Directory. This is the same authentication used by UR Student and Office365. All users will be presented with an Active Directory login that requires selecting their active directory domain (UR or URMC). Additionally, authentication will require that the user is on campus, using VPN, or uses Duo. See the web page about the migration project for more information. 

2. Ally Alternate Formats have been made available to portions of course content. 

Faculty can view this web page about Blackboard Ally for Accessibility for more information (requires login). 

3. We have moved to the newer, more modern interface for Blackboard. This interface simplifies the Blackboard experience, adds some new student-facing functionality, and is similar to the experience in the Mobile application, as well as being mobile friendly. See this web page about the new Navigation menu for more information. 

Several workshops for faculty were provided in December 2022 and January 2023 to cover all three of these changes. 

Additional resources and videos are provided below:

About the authentication change for Blackboard

Blackboard Ally for Accessibility (requires login).

Accessing Courses and Organizations in the new navigation

Activity and Calendaring in the new navigation

Other features in the new navigation like the Institution page, Profile, Tools, and Messages and Grades

Information for Students

Information Guides

Video Tutorials