Running a pilot at your institution is one of the best ways to ensure a smooth and successful transition to Blackboard Learn™ 9.1.  Not only will it help you test the software for your unique infrastructure, it will raise awareness and demand on campus, and help make your move to Blackboard Learn 9.1 as seamless as possible.  

Not sure where to start?

We’ve assembled the resources below to help you streamline the development of your pilot program.
Resource Description
Best Practices Document Best practices and tips as you plan your pilot.
"Best Practices for Piloting Release 9.1" Webinar This recorded session provides an overview of launching a pilot program.
Installing Blackboard Learn
(part of Help for Administrators)
For Self Hosted clients, provides technical information needed to set up your Blackboard Learn 9.1 instance.
Hardware Sizing Information for Windows Dell Environments (part of Help for Administrators) For Self Hosted clients, details how to determine infrastructure needs for supporting Blackboard Learn for Windows systems.
Hardware Sizing Information for UNIX Sun Environments
(part of Help for Administrators)
For Self Hosted clients, details how to determine infrastructure needs for supporting Blackboard Learn for UNIX systems.
Request a Release 9.1 production key For Self Hosted clients, request and install a Release 9.1 production key from Behind the Blackboard. Requires Behind the Blackboard access. *If you are an ANGEL client, please contact your account rep to request a key.
Blackboard Managed Hosting Support For Managed Hosted clients, the Managed Hosting team will work with you to set up an environment. Contact them today to review your pilot environment options. Requires Behind the Blackboard access. *If you are an ANGEL client, please contact your account rep to start this conversation.
Use these documents to review steps for launching a pilot program and setting up a Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1 environment.
Use these documents to help your team plan your pilot, communicate to constituents and train faculty.
Resource Description
Sample Implementation Timeline An implementation timeline created by Joel Johnson from The College of Saint Scholastica.
E-mail Template This sample e-mail template can be used to recruit faculty to your pilot.
Pilot Newsletters A set of nine newsletters used at The College of Saint Scholastica to promote and update their progress during their pilot.
Blackboard Help for Instructors Information about teaching courses through Blackboard Learn can be found on Blackboard’s Help site for Instructors.
On Demand Learning Center A free, searchable catalogue of on-demand learning resources for Release 9.1.
9.1 Webinars To review free webinars to help you get familiar with Release 9.1 and its key features and benefits, please visit the Upgrade Center, select your path, then visit 1. Getting Familiar > Webinars.
9.1 Documentation For a list of additional documents on Release 9.1, please visit the Upgrade Center, select your path, then visit 1. Getting Familiar > Documentation.
Faculty Training Documents View documentation created by Missouri State University to help train and prepare faculty for Release 9.1.
Hands-On Training Presentation A hands-on training presentation for faculty developed by Marshall University.
Release 9.1 FAQ Website A Release 9.1 FAQ site created by Missouri State University.
During and after the pilot, gathering and measuring feedback from participants will help you better prepare for a full rollout on campus.
Resource Description
Sample Pilot Survey Sample survey for those who pilot Release 9.1.