This website has 2 distinct purposes: To provide a consolidated, ongoing site to access Blackboard support resources and training materials, and to provide information on CUNY’s ongoing efforts to upgrade and develop Blackboard.
User Guides has links to documentation and videos created by CUNY schools, the Blackboard Training Task Force, and Blackboard, Inc. This information covers many standard features of the Blackboard Learning Management System as well as information on the new functions that will become available after the Blackboard environment is upgraded.
The Workshop Schedules page contains links to Blackboard workshops held at individual campuses. Additionally, there is a CUNY-wide Training Calendar that lists courses offered at all the campuses that have chosen to publish their training schedules.
The CUNY Blackboard Enhanced Project
The goal of the CUNY Blackboard Enhanced Project is to proactively develop the CUNY Blackboard environment in order to deliver to the CUNY community the latest product enhancements from Blackboard, Inc. in a timely and scheduled fashion. Additionally, the project seeks to create and make available additional training resources for the benefit of the CUNY community. Starting with a successful upgrade of Blackboard version 9.1 Service Pack 7 to version 9.1 Service Pack 13 in December 2013, this project included the installation of the Blackboard Content Management System in August 2014 and will see further platform upgrades in December 2014.
The Blackboard Enhanced Project was initiated in September 2013. The Timeline page displays an overview of key activities since that time and the plans for the rest of the project. The FAQ page contains answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Overseeing the Blackboard Enhanced Project is a Steering Committee comprised of campus Blackboard Administrators and Faculty from a variety of campuses, in partnership with CIS’ Project Management Office and Application Support teams. Three task forces have also been created to make sure training materials are available, the system is fully tested and the project is appropriately communicated at the campuses. The Steering Committee and the three Task Forces also work closely with CUNY’s Blackboard Subcommittee of the Committee on Academic Technology and the Blackboard Management Council in order to receive their direction and input and communicate back to the campus representatives the status of the upgrade activities. These groups will convene as needed when new Blackboard development projects warrant.
We hope you find this website and its resources useful. If you have any questions, your local campus Blackboard administrator can help. They can be found here.