Saint Louis University uses Blackboard Learn 9.1 for its Learning Management System. This application supports faculty and student customers for both the St. Louis and Madrid campuses and provides access to many great tools to support SLU's educational mission.
Types of Courses in Blackboard Learn
News about Blackboard at SLU (Upgrades, New Features)
Support Browsers and Operating Systems
Faculty Support and Training Information
Student Support Information
Standard Maintenance Window
COURSES IN BLACKBOARD LEARN
Access your courses by clicking on the Blackboard Learn icon on the Tools tab of mySLU. Depending on your role at SLU and enrollments, you may see two kinds of courses in Blackboard Learn:
- Courses in Banner Self-Service: All courses for each term are automatically created in Blackboard Learn; however, the instructor has the choice whether or not to utilize Blackboard Learn and when to make the course available for students.
- Courses not in Banner: Departments, programs, and instructors may have a need for a course in Blackboard Learn that is not tied to a course in Banner. These courses can be used for course development, department/program orientation content, or other purposes. Faculty and staff can request a non-Banner course in Blackboard Learn by filling out the request form.
Information Technology Services will be upgrading the current Blackboard Service Pack 11 to Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 14 (SP14) on May 17, 2014. SP14 will debut a new look for the direct login page (http://blackboard.slu.edu) and provides improved accessibility features and some long-awaited functionality. The new features and enhancements to SP14:
- Test Access Logs - They're Back!
- Course Messages Notifications - They're Back!
- Date Management - It's Back!
- Grade Center Improvements
- My Grades Design Update
- Enhanced Calendar (see video)*
- Enhanced Discussion Board
- Test Availability Exceptions for Creating Different Settings for Different Users
- Exporting or Copying Tests to New Course Retains Questions in Question Sets and Random Blocks
- Quick Links for Sighted Keyboard-Only Users (see video)*
Future announcements about the Blackboard SP14 upgrade schedule and training opportunities will be communicated via Newslink and on this page.
*Note that the videos were created by the Blackboard Company and may show some features that are not available under SLU's Blackboard Learn license.[Top of Page]
SUPPORTED BROWSERS & OPERATING SYSTEMS
View the Blackboard Learn Browser Compatibility List to find an appropriate supported operating system/browser for your computer. Please note that other applications you may use, such as Tegrity, may have different supported browsers.
The Faculty Technical Support Team can be contacted at 314-977-2252. Support hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Faculty can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Faculty Support pages for help with Blackboard Learn. This team can also provide individual technical training for Faculty to explain the features and tools in Blackboard Learn. Please use the contact information above to submit a request for a training session.
Faculty can get help incorporating Blackboard Learn into a course from the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning: email@example.com. Contact the Reinert Center to discuss why and how best to use this or any other technology to achieve your instructional goals.[Top of Page]
Students can visit the Tech Services Center website for tutorials and FAQs or contact the Student Service Desk at 314-977-4000, extension 2.
STANDARD MAINTENANCE WINDOW
As with all technology, sometimes you have to apply an upgrade or swap out old hardware. The standard planned maintenance windows for the Blackboard Learn system are Wednesday 10 p.m. to Midnight or Saturday 6 a.m. to Noon CDT. What this means is that if system maintenance is required, any downtime would be scheduled during one of those two maintenance periods. These times were selected based on system usage reporting to identify lower-usage periods. The maintenance schedule will then be communicated to the University community via Newslink.
Occasionally, other systems that the Blackboard Learn system relies on have maintenance occurring outside those times, and we are forced to schedule outside those windows. Whenever we have an planned maintenance outage, we try to notify the University community as soon as we possibly can.
Updated: 4/10/2014 by KRS