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August 27
First Day
The First day of school has come and gone, and we noticed it in Blackboard, however based on the numbers faculty and students weren’t affected by the increased load. We did several things over the summer to make sure Blackboard would be able to handle an increased number of online enabled courses. Based on early numbers it looks like this work paid off.
 
Performance Graph
 
A few numbers to know about the first day of school:
2008
2009
Change
Blackboard Students
18,000
20,500
+14%
Blackboard Enrollments
45,000
53,000
+18%
Page Requests 700,000 1,200,000 +70%
Average Page Time 350 ms 200 ms -42%
 
This is just the first day, and different types of requests perform differently, so we'll keep monitoring the performance to make sure. But so far things are going well with Blackboard.

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