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Service Announcement – Issues with telephone communication

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

UPDATE – The telephone communication issue has now been resolved.


We are currently experiencing issues with our telephone systems and are unable to take any calls.

You are still able to use the Live Chat feature ( – or email

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Thank you for your patience,


The Client Success team


Join us at the Teaching & Learning Conference 2016, Groningen, 6th-8th April 2016

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

It is our great pleasure to invite you to join us in beautiful Groningen to discuss innovation and education at the Teaching and Learning Conference 2016, by Blackboard – this year to be held in the prestigious surroundings of Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (University of Groningen).


The conference is dedicated to furthering best practices, innovative uses of technology in education and technology enhanced learning. It brings together education leaders, heads of teaching and learning, educators, course designers, IT managers and e-learning specialists from across the world to share experiences, exchange ideas and network with their peers. Institutions from over 20 countries will be represented at the conference.


To learn more please visit the conference website.

Planned Maintenance: Friday 18th December – 10.00 – 10.30 pm UK time

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Dear ConnectTxt users,

A planned maintenance window is scheduled to take place this Friday, December 18 from 10 pm to 10.30 pm UK time, with a planned  30 minutes of downtime.

This is to allow our Product Management team to perform database work. The application will be unavailable during that time.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us on +44 (0) 113 234 2111, option 1, then 1, or contact us via live chat between 8 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday on and we will be delighted to assist you.

Our team can also be reached via email:

With kind regards,


The Client Success team

Important changes for Blackboard ConnectTxt clients

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Dear Client,


To continue providing you with the high level of service you’ve come to expect, we will move the hosting of our Blackboard ConnectTxt service from London to our dedicated in-house datacentre in Amsterdam. This move will take place on Friday 23 October 2015 at 10.00pm, and the service will be unavailable for up to 8 hours. Since your business may be affected by the downtime, we ask that you read this email, which contains more information.


Key benefits to your business


  • Your data will continue to reside within the borders of the European Union, specifically in our Amsterdam facilities.


  • We deploy best in class Tier-4 datacentres and infrastructure. This tier-4 datacentre has fully redundant* and fully fault-tolerant capacity components (i.e. power systems, chillers, HVAC systems, uplinks, etc.) *Fully redundant means that there’s more than one of the same capacity components to immediately take over the capacity/ function if the primary component fails.


  • Security standards. Our datacentre facilities adhere to the industry’s leading security standards including ISO27001 and PCI DSS.


  • Security. Physical security (24×7 Security personnel, Biometrics, Closed Circuit Camera System), network security, and 3 levels of data backups provisioned daily, 3rd party testing and certification.


  • Reliability. 99.9% availability guarantee backed up by best in class Tier-4 datacentre, multiple Internet (ISP) Connections, and redundant A-side / B-side network infrastructure.



What does this move involve?


To complete the move, there will be an extended period of down time. The downtime is expected to start at 10:00pm (BST) on Friday 23rd October and will end no later than 8:00am on Saturday 24th October. We recommend that you work ahead to ensure that you experience as little inconvenience as possible from the system downtime.


Blackboard will naturally make every effort to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible during this weekend.  To keep you informed of the move you can click here which allows you to track the progress of the migration throughout the weekend.


Completion of the move


As soon as the move has been completed, we will provide an update on the website.


Plan ahead

To ensure that you are well prepared, we recommend that if you have planned for messages to be sent or received during the period of the move, you reach out to our dedicated team, who will be pleased to assist you.


We’re here to help


If you have any questions, please contact our team and we’ll be happy to help.


We can be reached Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm on +44(0) 113 234 2111 (option 1, then 1), or by email: and via live chat.


We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause for you but we are extremely grateful for your understanding.





Your Blackboard ConnectTxt Client Success Team


Moodlerooms Teaching & Learning Forum, you and you’re team are invited. April 14-15, 2015

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015


We are pleased to invite you to the inaugural Moodlerooms Teaching and Learning Forum at The University of Liverpool from 14-15 April. More information is available here for this ‘must attend’ forum that will provide you an insight into how others are using Moodle and Moodlerooms as part of their teaching and learning strategy. You will hear from Moodlerooms clients within higher and further education, and the wider education community leaving you inspired to innovate & educate throughout 2015 and beyond.

• Experience practical case examples delivered by users
• Engage in discussion about best practice
• Keynote sessions from Graham Brown-Martin and Jay Bhatt
• 2 x 90 mins FREE training sessions
• A variety of workshops
• Moodlerooms product experts on hand to give expert tips
• Hear about product developments that are coming soon!

Book before March 17th and take advantage of our Early bird Rates.

It’s the best opportunity to network, share your experiences, learn new ideas and most importantly join in the conversation about the trends and future of eLearning within the Moodle community. Learn more information by clicking here.

New version of the 2 way sms building blog for Blackboard Learn available now!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

We are very pleased to announce that the latest version of our 2 way sms building block for Blackboard Learn is now available.

You will find it and all related documentation here:

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact your dedicated support team by calling:

+44 (0) 113 234 2111 or via email:

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements coming soon!

SOAR and Sheffield City Council

Monday, April 12th, 2010
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