UAB’s learning management system will be upgraded Aug. 9 -12, and all courses in Blackboard (Bb) Vista 3 will move to Bb Vista 4. The look and feel will be similar and your courses will retain all the information held there.

The upgrade will offer some new features that can be used for assessments, assignments, creating community and grading:

Blogs, journals and peer reviews
Grading forms (rubrics), improved assessment statistics
Greater abilities to associate course goals with assessments, create custom instructions, review the question statistics, grade distributions and descriptive statistics for each assessment, and
Categorize Web links

This upgrade to Bb Vista 4 also will position UAB with Blackboard’s roadmap for future releases.

During the upgrade, Bb Vista system will be unavailable for access, so look for updates about the upgrade, educational events, support activities and other changes for fall 2008.

Direct questions about the upgrade to Matthew Jennings, at 975-6545 or e-mail or contact Karen Shader at 975-6552 or e-mail