Blackboard is moving to the Cloud

Blackboard is moving our hosting environment to a cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) hosting model at the end of the fall semester. The move to the Blackboard Learn SaaS solution will not require anyone to change the way they currently use Blackboard. But the change will create opportunities to clean-up courses and introduce new functionality into the e-learning environment. The Education Technology office is available to answer your questions. Reference the information on this page to understand how to prepare for the move and your spring semester courses. 

Blackboard Move to the Cloud (SaaS Hosting): December Update

If you recently started to work on your spring classes, you are aware of the changes we are making to build out the new Blackboard Cloud environment. We appreciate your understanding as we close out this process and are pleased to work with you to ensure a smooth transition.

Important Dates
What you need to know

December 26 – January 2

Organization sites are restored to the Cloud environment.

To ensure all materials are moved correctly we ask that you do not make any updates to your Organization sites between December 26 through January 2nd. Once your Organizations are available in the Cloud you may resume updating as before.

January 2, 2018

Fall 2017 courses are migrated to SaaS Hosting.

Copies of Fall 17 will be available for course copying by January 2, 2018. If you need access to a Fall 17 course before it is migrated, please email and we will assist you.

January 8, 2018

Blackboard is unavailable between midnight and 3 a.m.

Following the maintenance window, access to Blackboard through the traditional URL will work as it did before. Faculty, staff and students will login at

Winter course participants will be redirected to our Classic Blackboard site to close out intersession classes from a link on the login page. 

Info Session

Wednesday, December 20th 2017, 1:30-2:30pm
Please register even if you will be off-campus; we will also broadcast the presentation online. Information for joining the session virtually will be shared 24 hours in advance.

Videos on process and how to back up materials

Blackboard is moving the Cloud: How does this affect you? (2:05 mins)
How to Download My Files (2:11 mins)
How to Back Up My Tests (2:55 mins)

Written instructions for how to back up old materials

Download this one-page handout, which includes instructions for backing up old files and exporting/importing test questions.

Download infographic as PDF

Blackboard Moves to the Cloud December 23rd. 3 years of course data will be moved, from Fall 2014 to Fall 2017. Courses made prior to Fall 2014 will be archived and not available in the new space. Download the BB to Saas pdf handout above for instruction on how to save copies of your course content from courses prior to fall 2014.

Additional questions?

Contact the Education Technology Office (ETO)