Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BOLT and Incoming Freshmen

If You're Wondering When You Can Access BOLT...

Incoming freshmen gain access to BOLT and the Orientation course in BOLT at different times.

Summer start freshmen and Act 101 students should have had access to BOLT on May 5. They will gain access to the Orientation course on July 2. Their summer assignment is due on July 30.

All other incoming freshmen should have access to BOLT on June 1. They will gain access to the Orientation course on July 16. Their summer assignment is due on August 13.

Transfer students should gain access to BOLT approximately two weeks prior to the start of the Fall semester or within 24-48 hours of scheduling summer courses.

If you have any questions about the details of Orientation and your summer assignment, contact Orientation at

Language Changes in BOLT on May 20, 2016

Language changes  in BOLT will go live May 20, 2016.

If you are taking courses at the beginning of the Summer (May 16), old terms will be present until the end of the first week of classes. The changes will occur on FRIDAY, May 20, 2016.

Based on results of user experience testing, the terms changing in BOLT for students are:
  • News to Announcements
  • Dropbox to Assignments
a screenshot showing the change to Announcements and Assignments on the course homepage in BOLT

Again, please note these are language term changes and that functionality will remain the same. 

For more information on the changes and for support, follow the jump cut...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

BOLT Will Be Unavailable May 8, 2016 from 1:00AM to 7:00AM

Every month, BOLT undergoes a maintenance window. This month’s maintenance window is on Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 1:00am to 7:00am ET. BOLT will be unavailable during this time. Please plan accordingly.

Maintenance Window FAQ
Q: Where are the maintenance dates announced?
A: Maintenance dates are announced here on our BOLT Students blog, our BOLT Blog for faculty, and in the News items on your My Home page in BOLT.

Q: What will happen if I try to log in during a maintenance period?
A: A page will load that says Desire2Learn is unavailable due to scheduled maintenance.

Q: Why am I still seeing a page that tells me D2L is unavailable after the maintenance window?
A: If you tried to login to BOLT during the maintenance window, your browser may be loading the scheduled maintenance page from its cache memory. If you encounter this page outside of the maintenance window, please clear your browser cache before trying to login to BOLT again.
Q: This is a bad time for BOLT to be unavailable. Can maintenance be rescheduled?
A: We understand frustration when BOLT downtime occurs during busy times of the academic year. Unfortunately, we cannot reschedule the maintenance windows. The IMDC has no control over the regularly scheduled maintenance windows. They are scheduled by our vendor and are necessary to keep BOLT working optimally.