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Learn 3rd Party Building Blocks and Java 11 Readiness

Date Published: Nov 12,2019


CategoryProduct:Installs & Configurations,Extensions; Version:Learn 9.1 Q4 2019,SaaS
Article No.: 000051121

Type:
Support Bulletin

Product:
Blackboard Learn


Bulletin/Advisory Information:

To address recent changes in Oracle’s Java support model, Blackboard Learn is transitioning to adopt a more recent version of Java, Java 11 Corretto JDK.  To find details regarding the targeted versions and release dates please review the latest announcement details

To ensure 3rd Party Building Blocks along with partner Building Blocks built with Blackboard are ready, Blackboard has also been proactively reviewing and reaching out to Blackboard partners.  Below you will find a summary of the status of key Learn Building Blocks and the current status with JDK 11 support.   

It is important to be aware that if Building Blocks are not updated for Java 11, issues may occur: 

  • A Building Block that is not compatible with Java 11 or over time becomes incompatible with the Blackboard Learn version can fail to start, can cause performance issues and in some cases can cause an outage. 

  • Should a Building Block become incompatible and cause issues for a SaaS or Managed Hosted sites, Blackboard Support may ask you to turn off the Building Block. In more extreme cases, Blackboard Support may change the status of the Building Block to inactive to get the system back to an appropriate operational condition. 

  • The Building Block will remain off until a properly working Building Block is provided and tested on the client’s test system. 

Please take time to review this Building Blocks status list carefully:   

  • If any Building Blocks are critical to your Learn site and not yet in a status of VERIFIED, Blackboard encourages you to reach out to the vendor/owner and request an update be provided to Blackboard support for review.  

  • If any Building Blocks are critical to your Learn site and not listed in the review below, Blackboard requests you to engage with us in the Community Preview Program

Building Block 

JDK11 Status* 

 Owner 

JDK11 VersionJDK8 Compatible
Ares Course ReservesVERIFIED 2.7.1 

Atomic Learning 

VERIFIED

Hoonuit LLC 

2.2.2Yes
Aviso Coaching ConnectorIN PROCESSAviso Coaching LLC  

Barnes and Noble 

AT RISK 

Barnes and Noble College 

  

Biometric Signature ID 

VERIFIED

Biometric Signature ID 

2.3800.0No
Campus LabsAT RISKCampus Labs  

Cengage MindLinks 

VERIFIED 

Blackboard 

  

Collegis Education 

AT RISK 

Collegis Education 

  
DataSenseAT RISKAuthenitca Solutions  

Digication 

VERIFIED

Digication 

1.1Yes

Dropbox 

VERIFIED 

Blackboard 

  

EAC 

VERIFIED 

Educational Assessments Corporation 

5.1.11021Yes

Echo360 

VERIFIED 

Echo360 

1.0.9Yes

EesySoft Connector 

VERIFIED

EesySoft  

2.3.104Yes

Ensemble Video 

VERIFIED

Ensemble Video 

3.6.190905No

Evaluation Kit 

VERIFIED 

Evaluation KIT LLC/Watermark Insights LLC 

7730.3100.10Yes

Examity EDI

AT RISK

Examity 

  
Examity SSOVERIFIEDExamity1.8.2Yes

ExamSoft 

VERIFIED 

Examsoft Worldwide Inc 

1.11.1No
ExamSoft V2VERIFIEDExamsoft Worldwide Inc2.0.8 
eXploranceAT RISKeXplorance  
Fischer ConnectorAT RISKFischer International Identity LLC  
GoSignMeUpAT RISKGoSignMeUp  

Gradebook Extract 

VERIFIED 

Blackboard 

  
Harvard Business PublishingAT RISKHarvard Business Publishing  

Hawkes Course Sync Tool 

VERIFIED

Hawkes Learning Systems 

4.1.0Yes
HonorlockIN PROCESSHonorlock  

iClicker 

VERIFIED

Macmillan New Ventures 

5.3.9Yes

ILP Integration JDK11 Beta 

AT RISK

Ellucian 

  
IntelliBoardIN PROCESSIntelliBoard  
ITSIAT RISKITSI  

Kaltura Video 

VERIFIED

Kaltura  

5.2.8Yes
Kortext BookshelfAT RISKKortext  
KuraCloudContact partner for new integration optionKuraCloud  
LAMS Integration Module 2IN PROCESSLAMS International Pty Limited  

Lynda.com 

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LinkedIn Learning 

  

McGraw-Hill Campus 

IN PROCESS 

McGraw-Hill Higher Education 

  

McGraw-Hill Connect and Create 

VERIFIED 

Blackboard 

  
MediasiteIN PROCESSSonic Foundry  
Mediasite for VTBEIN PROCESSSonic Foundry  
MyBusinessCourse LTI IntegrationVERIFIEDUblish1.0.2017040 
NBC Content IntegrationAT RISKNBC Universal  

Panopto 

IN PROCESS

Panopto 

  

Partner Cloud 

VERIFIED 

Blackboard 

  

Pearson Custom Integration 

VERIFIED 

Blackboard 

  

Pearson MyLabs and Mastering 

VERIFIED 

Blackboard 

  

Poll Everywhere 

VERIFIED

Poll Everywhere 

1.0.7Yes

Qwickly 

VERIFIED 

Qwickly LLC 

5.4.2.1Yes

ReadSpeaker for Blackboard 

VERIFIED 

ReadSpeaker B.V. 

1.0.11Yes
Remark Grade ImportVERIFIEDGravic, Inc.1.0.8Yes

Respondus LockDown Browser 

VERIFIED

Respondus  

4.0.1Yes
Ruffalo Noel-Levitz CSI Survey Link GeneratorAT RISKRuffalo Noel-Levitz  
ShareStream ToolsAT RISKShareStream  

SmartEvals 

VERIFIED

SmartEvals LLC 

1.0.37Yes

SoftChalk 

VERIFIED 

SoftChalk 

1.3.3Yes
Software SecureAT RISKSoftware Secure  

Soomo Publishing 

IN PROCESS

Soomo Publishing 

  

Starfish 

VERIFIED

Hobsons 

  
StreamingAT RISKStreaming Ltd.  
StudiosityVERIFIEDStudiosity1.1.3 
StudyMate ClassContact partner for new integration optionRespondus  
TaskStream ConnectivityContact partner for new integration optionWatermark Insights LLC  
TechSmith RelayContact partner for new integration optionTechSmith  
TestOut IntegrationIN PROCESSTestOut Corporation2.3.0.2Yes

TopHat Monocle 

IN PROCESS 

Top Hat Monocle 

  
TripleplayAT RISKTripleplay Services  
Turning TechnologiesContact partner for new integration optionTurning Technologies  

Turnitin Basic Assignment 

VERIFIED

Turnitin LLC 

2.8.3No

Turnitin Direct Assignment for Blackboard 

VERIFIED

Turnitin LLC 

20190805.1.0No
Urkund Plagirism B2AT RISKPrio Infocenter  

VidGrid 

VERIFIED

VidGrid 

1.3.1Yes

VitalSource Bookshelf 

VERIFIED 

Blackboard 

  

WebAssign 

VERIFIED

Cengage Learning 

2.3.0Yes

WileyPlus 

VERIFIED 

Blackboard 

  

Yuja 

VERIFIED

Yuja 

5.8.12Yes

* AT RISK = The 3rd party has not provided an updated Building Block, IN PROCESS = an updated Building Block has been provided to Blackboard and verification is in process, VERIFIED = an updated Building Block has been provided to Blackboard and verification is complete. 

To maintain a clean Blackboard Learn environment, Blackboard recommends best practices that keep your Blackboard Learn environment focused on only relevant Building Blocks.  System administrators should review their system for all 3rd party Building Blocks and clean up (remove) Building Blocks to help improve stability and performance, potentially shorten system upgrades, and reduce the risks associated with the Coretto 11 JDK Updates: 

  1. Review all inactive Building Blocks and if not needed/desired, open a Support ticket to have the Building Block(s) removed.  NOTE: For any self-hosted or managed hosted sites, the system administrator can remove the Building Block(s). 

  2. Review all active, available and unavailable Building Blocks. 

  • If a Building Blocks is not being used but still desired to have on the system, make the Building Block inactive.  This improves stability, application start up times, and potentially performance. 

  • If a Building Blocks is not being used and not needed on the system, open a Support ticket to have the Building Block(s) removed. NOTE: For any self-hosted or managed hosted sites, the system administrator can remove the Building Block(s). 

TIP: How can you tell if a Building Block may be a 3rd party Building Block? The easiest way to do that is to go into the Admin Panel > Building Blocks > Installed Tools and sort the list by VERSION.  Blackboard core Building Blocks will have the same version that will match the Blackboard Learn release version posted at the top of the System Admin panel; those can be ignored.  All other Building Blocks should be looked at. 

This list will be updated weekly to keep you informed ahead of the Learn release supporting JDK11.  For additional questions around the JDK11 update, Blackboard requests you to engage with us in the Community Preview Program



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