New Features and Upgrades
Blackboard Cumulative Update 3 for Learn 9.1, Q4 2016
Release (Build: 3100.0.3-rel.51+917ccd3)
May 27-28th, 2017 - Cumulative Update 3 for Learn 9.1, Q4 2016 resolves the following issues.
Blackboard Learn Q4 2016 Release
Blackboard Learn features have been enhanced with the most recent upgrade, which was completed on December 27,2016. The upgrade includes technology changes, improved features and new features in Blackboard Learn.
Download the documentation of Blackboard Q4 2016 Upgrade New Features.
Virtual Classroom and Chat Tools
Virtual Classroom and Chat course tools will no longer be available.
Submission Confirmation Receipts
Instructors can keep track of all student submissions, regardless of whether the attempt or assignment is deleted or the submission history is changed. A submission receipt is captured at the time of submission and includes information such as attached file information, date, time, etc. This feature provides evidence for academic disputes, giving students assurance about their work.
A receipt is generated for each group member when a student submits on behalf of the group, and the anonymous state of an assignment is respected. For assignments with multiple attempts, students receive a different number for each submission.
On the Submission Receipts page, you can view information for each assignment, such as who submitted and when. Group assignments are also logged and the Submitter column lists who submitted for the group. In the Submission column, view if a student submitted a file or wrote the submission in the assignment's editor.
Use the menus at the top of the page to filter the items. In the second menu, select Not blank and leave the search box empty to show all of the submission receipts. Select a column heading to sort the items.
Instructors can send email reminders from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework. Students receive a system-generated email that lists the course, coursework, and the due date if included. Instructors can also send reminders for assignments with anonymous or delegated grading enabled. To protect anonymity, students' names and attempt statuses aren't revealed.
Fewer "Needs Grading Items"
When multiple-attempt assessments are set to calculate using the first or last attempt, there are potentially numerous other attempts that will never be used for the grade calculation. This can be particularly problematic in anonymous or delegated grading scenarios where it can be difficult to determine which attempts are associated with students and therefore require grading.
A new filter is now available both in the Needs Grading workflow as well as within the Grade Center to show or hide these attempts. Attempts that won't calculate towards the assessment grade are now indicated with an icon .
Improved behavior for Self and Peer Assessments
Non-participants during the submission period are excluded from the evaluation process. Submitters with partial or complete submissions will be distributed to peers for evaluations. By pairing an assessment with Adaptive Release, it's possible to configure Self- and Peer-Assessments for individual groups.
New VALUE Rubric available with 16 rubrics
Note: contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to import rubrics to you course)
As part of AAC&U's Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative, the VALUE rubrics contribute to the national dialogue on assessment of college student learning. Each rubric was developed from the most frequently identified characteristics or criteria of learning for each of the 16 learning outcomes. Each rubric has been built and formatted appropriately and is ready to be imported to your courses and used anywhere you can align and evaluate with rubrics today. For more information on the VALUE rubrics, visit the AACU site at https://www.aacu.org/value/rubrics
Bb Learn 2016 theme for improved responsiveness
This release includes a new theme that provides a more modern look and feel. Most importantly, the Bb Learn 2016 theme significantly increases the responsiveness of the interface for small devices. The theme also incorporates elements from the new Blackboard design language including color, fonts, and spacing, for greater consistency between Blackboard Learn, Collaborate Ultra, and the Bb Student app. In order to focus on improving the mobile experience, the Learn 2016 theme doesn't support many brand configuration settings. Please see Learn 2016 Theme for more information.
New Icon Set available for items in Blackboard Learn
There is a new icon set for use in courses and organizations, and cancel/submit buttons will always pin to the bottom of the page regardless of device.
Drag and Drop files
When instructors create content items, assignments, and web links, they can drag files from their computers to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. Students can also drag files to upload when they submit assignments.
The URL Adder allows webpages and websites to be added in SafeAssign Originality Reports and submission Analysis.