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Upcoming Changes: Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn receives regular updates, feature enhancements, and bug fixes. Highlights of upcoming changes are listed below under the date when we expect to see those changes.

December 2018

On the evening of December 19, 2018, OIT will take Blackboard Learn offline for what may be the last extended maintenance outage of its kind.  This upgrade represents a major service improvement because it will change the way Blackboard applies future updates. Instead of one big upgrade every six months, Blackboard will start releasing small updates every month.

New Features for Everyone

  • Discussion board “replies to me” – Keeping up with large discussion board forums is easier for you and your students with this new count and filter that enables you to quickly identify unread replies to your own posts.  

  • Grade display standardization – To provide greater consistency, all gradebook columns and My Grades now support up to five decimal points, are not rounded, and are consistent for all display types.

New Features for Instructors

  • Course Availability Status– You can now easily see the availability of your course to students and quickly change the availability from the main course view. 

  • Attendance Tracking – For each class meeting, you can mark whether a student is present, late, absent, or excused. The attendance record for each student appears in a single column next to other grades in the gradebook.

  • Record feedback for students – Make your feedback more personalized and engaging by creating an audio or video recording. Simply click on the microphone icon in the Content Editor. Students will access it by clicking the recording icon which immediately launches the streamed content without the need of a browser plug-in.  

  • Grade center enhancements – You will now be able to view full titles of Grade Center columns making it easier to distinguish between similarly-titled items. You can also view as many columns as the size of your browser window will allow, and enter Grade Center full-screen mode to make the most of your desktop experience.  

  • Additional attempts in anonymous grading -- You can grant additional Assignment attempts to students as needed, while still maintaining the full anonymity of the process.  

  • Delete multiple gradebook columns--You can now delete multiple gradebook columns at once.

  • Improved grading with rubrics – You can now save feedback and the content will remain saved when changing the rubric view from in-line to full screen. 

New Features for Students

  • Clear multiple-choice selection – Students are now able to clear a selection from multiple-choice questions (leaving it blank) when negative points are associated with incorrect answer choices.