Blackboard Winter Upgrade

Beginning on December 26th at 1230AM/EST, Blackboard will be unavailable due to a system upgrade.  The downtime needed for this upgrade is 36 hours. While the system will be available periodically on December 26th and December 27th, please be advised that Villanova staff will be making additional changes to the system until 630PM/EST on December 27th. We advise that no changes be made by faculty or students during this time.

In compliance with updated university policies regarding data retention, CIT will archive old courses from Bb Learn.  Additionally, the license for storage in Bb is finite and requires us to purge courses from the system to stay within our limit.  All courses in the following terms to be archived: Spring15, Summer15, Fall15.  These courses will be stored offline for a period of five years. The policy for Blackboard courses can be found here.

If you have any questions, please email your Learn coordinator or email CIT.

Crocodoc/Box View transition

Blackboard’s current service for Inline Grading, Crocodoc, is being discontinued in January 2018 (by it’s owner, Box).  Blackboard will be using the comparable replacement services called “New Box View”.  As part of Villanova’s Blackboard upgrade, the Inline Grading service will transition from Crocodoc to New Box View.  According to Blackboard, “New Box View” offers several improvements over Crocodoc, including improved rendering fidelity and expanded support for new file types.

As part of the upgrade, all of the annotations and documents used in the current Inline Grading service (Crocodoc) will be converted into the “New Box View” Inline Grading service in Blackboard.

The table on this page will show the main differences between Crocodoc and New Box View.

Note: After the transition, you can’t change the existing annotations made in Crocodoc as all annotations are read-only in New Box View. The Crocodoc annotations are “burned” into a PDF and you can’t remove or change the annotations. You can add new annotations with the New Box View annotation tools, but you can't interact with annotations created in Crocodoc.

Important: When accessing an assignment for the first time after the transition to New Box View, you may get a message that reads similar to, "The file is being converted, estimated wait time is X seconds."  The screen will NOT refresh on it's own.  Simply click the Refresh Button on the Blackboard navigation menu and the document will appear. 

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