In an earlier blog post, we mentioned an upcoming switch to SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) http://blogs.desales.edu/deit/2018/05/01/blackboard-unavailable-july-24-25-for-saas-migration/. We’d like to provide answers to some frequently asked questions.
#1. What is the SaaS deployment for Blackboard Learn?
SaaS deployment for Blackboard Learn is the same Blackboard Learn you already know, delivered on a modern cloud computing technology stack.
#2. Is the user experience changing when we move to SaaS?
Blackboard Learn in a SaaS environment looks ALMOST EXACTLY the same as the Blackboard Learn 9.1 user experience we have today. SaaS is a deployment option, not a different LMS.
#3. What are the benefits of SaaS deployment for Blackboard Learn?
Zero impact to faculty and students during updates: With a cloud-computing environment, we’ll benefit from continuous updates (new features, enhancements, fixes, etc.) with zero or minimal downtime.
Higher quality: A SaaS model allows Blackboard to deliver maintenance, updates, and fixes to production faster, and the cloud platform easily scales during periods of high usage.
Fast access to new features: A SaaS model allows Blackboard to deliver enhancements and new features faster, so we’ll have the latest and greatest features.
#4. What are the new features coming with SaaS?
The transition does include some new features since it is an updated version of Blackboard. The specific changes are documented here: SaaS Transition Changes.
#5. How do I find out more?
The DEIT staff is holding workshops in July to provide information on the transition. Faculty members can also request access to a test server that contains copies of older content. Contact DEIT (firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-282-1100 x2290) for information on a test server account.