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Blackboard upgrade: New retention tool helps identify at-risk students

Monday, March 17, 2014
Michelle Donaldson  

The Blackboard upgrade scheduled for summer 2014 will bring multiple changes to the way Blackboard looks and functions. This multi-part news series looks at those changes in detail. All current instructors of record can preview the new Blackboard by logging into https://bbtest.ohio.edu.


Screen shot: Retention Center in Blackboard

Blackboard's new Retention Center helps instructors identify and communicate with at-risk students in a timely manner. 

This instructors-only tool replaces Blackboard's old Early Warning System. Highlights include:

  • Catch and respond to specific risk factors to help students succeed in the course
  • Communicate with students directly from the Retention Center
  • Operates automatically - no setup needed
  • Track multiple risk factors:
    • Course activity
    • Grades
    • Course access
    • Missed deadlines

Related Links

Retention Center in Blackboard 
Retention Center video (YouTube)