New Features, Changes and Enhancements 

 

NEW Global Navigation, My Blackboard and Notifications

  • Global Navigation provides an aggregate view across these areas such as Posts and Calendar.
  • The Notification system automatically alerts you when events occur in your courses which can be configured within Global Navigation. 

NEW Retention Center

  • Replacing the old Early Warning System, the new Retention System  provides instructors a way to identify, monitor and connect with "at risk" students earlier in the semester.

NEW Inline Assignment Grading

  • Student assignments can be viewed and graded within the browser without having to download the document.
  • Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF are viewable with formatting and embedded images of the original document preserved.
  • Instructors can add comments, grading notes and grade assignment in one place.

Updated Rubrics (percentage range)

  • Updated Rubrics include Percentage Range along with Points Range. The Percentage Range options allows a single rubric to work with any assignment.

Updated Discussion Board Enhancements

  • The Discussion Board forums/threads have taken on a new look which allow you to reply directly within the post.
  • New discussion board posts will appear within the Global Navigation area
  • Settings have been updated that require participants to create/submit an initial post before they are permitted to read/reply to other posts

Updated Content (Text) Editor

  • Now copy/paste from Word/Excel with formatting preserved.
  • Includes an update to the existing Math editor
  • Also includes the NEW Video Everywhere features that allows users to record (and reuse) video captured from webcam, upload directly to YouTube, and incorporate in Blackboard.


Tests/Exams/Quizzes

Updated Assessment (Tests options, Item Analysis)

  • Test Availability Exceptions allow instructors to select different options for test attempts; dates/times for individual students/groups
  • Test Access Log gives instructors the ability to confirm whether students began a test or ran into problem during the test with access to detailed information on the student attempt
  • Item analysis provides statistics on overall test performance and on individual test questions.The data can be used to improve questions or adjust credit on current attempts.