Blackboard Upgrade Set for July 2008
April 1, 2008
Computing & Information Services is upgrading Blackboard (Bb) from 6.3 to 7.3 on Monday, July 21st. For information on improvements and additions to Bb features, please visit
The following will alert you to two critical dates in the process and provide answers to questions CIS anticipates from the UNH Bb community.
Critical dates for the Blackboard Upgrade
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I’m taking or teaching a summer course when the upgrade happens?
Instructors using Bb in summer courses, and students enrolled in those courses, will use Bb 6.3 for the duration of the course. All UNH summer courses will use Bb 6.3 and will NOT need to switch to Bb 7.3 when it becomes available.
What about using Webmail, Webcat, the Parent Portal, Directed Communication, the Student Directory, or Housing applications?
On July 21st, those accessing these applications will be directed to Bb 7.3. However, Webmail will continue to be available in Bb 6.3 AND Bb 7.3 for the convenience of those taking or teaching summer school courses.
This sounds confusing. How will I know whether I should use Bb 6.3 or Bb 7.3?
If you are not taking or teaching a summer course, you should use Bb 7.3. When you go to blackboard.unh.edu, you will see an intercept page that lets you choose where you want to go. The intercept page will have two links - one to Bb 6.3 and one to Bb 7.3 - with explanations about which link you should choose.
How long will Bb 6.3 continue to be available?
Bb 6.3 (for summer courses) will continue to be available until September 28, 2008. After 9/28/08, only Bb 7.3 will be available. For tips on how to copy the content from your Summer 2008 course to Bb 7.3, visit