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Blackboard Learn SaaS

Blackboard at UTSA will be moving to the SaaS environment, otherwise known as “the cloud”. The cloud offers us the most recent version of Blackboard Learn without the need for significant downtime or service interruptions. Learn more about the Cloud Migration.

Audio and Video Tool

The Audio and Video tool in Blackboard will be unavailable as media files larger than 50MB in size with 50 or more enrollments has caused an increase in bandwidth and storage use which affects the end user experience.  Streaming media files to multiple users creates significant load across Blackboard Learn installation regardless of deployment.

We recommend faculty to redeploy media content inside their Blackboard course with the assistance of our streaming video platforms Panopto or MEDIAL. Panopto is replacing the Medial Library as UTSA’s standard video content management platform. Medial will be accessible until August 2021.

Mobile Compatible Test Tool

The Mobile Compatible Test tool, provided by the Blackboard Mobile Web Services Building Block, no longer effectively applies to the supported assessment capabilities of the Blackboard App.

Old Blackboard Collaborate building Block

Blackboard is discontinuing the old Collaborate (Original Experience) web conferencing tool (Java based) and the building block will be unavailable in courses.

We recommend faculty continue to use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conferencing tool in its place across all Blackboard course shells.

Blackboard Maintenance

Blackboard maintenance is scheduled on Thursday, August 13th from 9:00pm CT to 5:00am CT on Friday, August 14th. Blackboard will not be available during the maintenance period.