Blackboard Upgrade Coming This Summer

Beginning with summer 2016 courses, an upgraded version of the Blackboard Learning Management System (version 9.1) will be available on a new hardware platform.

There will be a new URL for the system: This will replace,, and
All access to the new system will be through NetID credentials. If you are currently using a local Blackboard account or your URMC-AD account to access Blackboard, your user name and content will be automatically moved to your NetID credential for you.

New features include:

  • student preview mode for faculty (allows the instructor to navigate the course as a student, including submission of assignments and tests)
  • delegated grading (allows the instructor to assign grading groups of students to teaching assistants or graders within the course)
  • inline grading (allows the instructor to see the assignment submission on screen and include annotation and mark-up without having to download the file)
  • improvements to a number of Blackboard tools, including Qwickly and Date Manager


Training sessions on the new features will be held on April 19 and April 22. Space is limited and a light lunch will be provided.

RSVP for Training Session

More Information

Visit the Blackboard Upgrade webpage for details about the migration of prior courses and when you will be able to access your account in the new system.

Contact your Blackboard Support Team with any questions or concerns.