At approximately 17:30 on Friday, 16th of July, a data-centre in Amsterdam lost connectivity. This brought down Blackboard across most of the European region.
Blackboard were able to re-enable their data-centre, and services were restored by 19:30 on the 16th, for a total of 2 hours of downtime for the service.
Blackboard has apologised for the issue.
Note that My Studies, and thus Turnitin, were therefore unavailable for two hours on Friday the 16th, and student’s may have encountered problems submitting re-sits or other assessments during that outage.