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November 27, 2007

Call for SP2008 Pilot Courses for Bb Version 7.3

OIT will again be piloting the latest version of Blackboard (7.3) during the spring 2008 semester. The new version introduces a "hybrid" discussion board that includes both the features introduced in 7.1 and the older features in 6.3. With 7.3, the user will have a choice of how they want to view discussion board threads and replies.

As with all Blackboard pilot semesters, OIT requires the following:

• OIT will place an announcement in your pilot course describing what you and your students need to do if you encounter a problem in the version 7.3 pilot environment. We would ask you to make this a "permanent" announcement in your course throughout the semester.
• Throughout the semester, you and your students may be asked to complete a survey about your experience with the software.
• Your course will not be compatible with the regular production server until it is migrated to the version 7.3 software. Currently, OIT does not have plans to migrate all courses to version 7.3. until Winter 2009.

The pilot server will be available in mid-December. If you are interested in participating in the 7.3 pilot, please contact Bob Armstrong (ext 5-3885 or rarmstro@umbc.edu)

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