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Tuesday December 20, 2016 17:08:31
Mitch Ahlbaum <>
Current Faculty
CUNY Blackboard Maintenance Upgrade

Dear Colleagues:

As many of you know, CUNY upgrades Blackboard once a year. The Blackboard upgrade is currently scheduled to begin at 6:30 AM on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, and to be completed by close of business on Wednesday, December 28, 2016.

The system will be unavailable during this time.

As part of the maintenance performed during the upgrade, CUNY will discontinue the use of the Learning Objects building block, which includes the (i) Campus Pack Blog, (ii) Wiki, (iii) Podcast, and (iv) Journal tools. The Blackboard-native Blog, Wiki, and Journal tools must be used for all courses Winter Intercession 2017 and later.

Content created with Campus Pack tools must be manually migrated (copied and pasted) to the corresponding Blackboard-native tools.

For more information on Blackboard Blogs, Wikis, and Journals, please visit the links below.

Blackboard will continue having the same user interface that CUNY has employed over the last several years. No new features are being introduced at this time.

Blackboard course shells for the Winter Intercession 2017 and Spring 2017 Blackboard course have been created and are available to faculty.

CUNYfirst grade rosters are scheduled to open on Wednesday, December 14th, and close on Tuesday, January 3rd. We regret any impact the upgrade may have on your submission of Fall 2016 grades. CUNY CIS has assured us that they endeavor to make system downtime as brief as possible.

Hunter’s Blackboard Support staff is available to assist you, including helping users recreate course materials using the Blackboard-native versions of the Learning Object tools.

Please contact Hunter’s Blackboard Support team at for assistance, or with any questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you.

Mitch Ahlbaum
Chief Information Officer
Hunter College



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