Blackboard@UVM Newsletter
April 2018

Greetings! As the Spring term is winding down, it's time to let you know about some imminent changes and improvements to Blackboard.

—Justin Henry, UVM Blackboard Administrator

New Theme – New Look

In May, Blackboard will be getting the largest accessibility update (and visual makeover) we've seen in quite some time. This will bring a number of changes, including:

Respondus Lockdown Pilot Survey/Status

The 2017/2018 pilot of Respondus Lockdown Browser is ending in May. If you've been using Lockdown browser in your course or are planning to use it this semester, please help us evaluate this tool by taking our short survey. We will be incorporating your feedback into our decision-making process this summer when we determine whether to recommend the purchase of this tool.

Blackboard Ally Pilot

UVM is also currently piloting an accessibility add-on for Blackboard. This tool automatically converts uploaded files to a variety of formats and provides feedback to instructors on how to improve accessibility of posted documents. More information on Ally, including how to join the pilot and read about features and timelines, can be found on the CTL how-to page.

Teaching w/Blackboard Resource

We continue to work towards improving our Blackboard support materials and invite you to look at the Teaching with Blackboard pages on the CTL website.

Final Grades

This is a reminder that all final grades must be submitted to the Registrar's system, Banner (via MyUVM). Many faculty post grades to Blackboard for students to see them, but for the grades to be officially submitted, they must be entered at This FAQ on the Registrar's website provides instructions for submitting grades.

Pesky Bug Finally Fixed

After working with Blackboard to fix the problem of course rosters not updating when students dropped courses, ETS has rolled out changes to address this frustrating issue. Please contact if you continue to experience problems with roster mismatches in your Blackboard course.