WebCT will be unavailable for the upgrades to version 8.0.1 and disk storage on Saturday, 16 th August. I expect the system to be down between 10.00-14.00. The upgrade of the file storage should bring performance and stability benefits.
WebCT 8 is not a major upgrade (there was no WebCT 7) but rather some housekeeping by Blackboard, the company that produces WebCT. Essentially Blackboard are bringing together the numbering of their two product lines (Blackboard Classic and WebCT). There are a number of bug fixes in release 8 and the service pack that takes us to version 8.0.1. Further details about WebCT 8 can be found in the May 2008 Issue.
Please note that during the upgrade process there will need to be a number of WebCT restarts, making the system appear to be available for short periods (up to 15 minutes). An announcement will be placed in WebCT when the installation is complete and the system is safe to use.