Monday, March 18, 2013


Some new features will be added to Blackboard with the next upgrade, coming in May! "Service pack 11" comes with some great new tools and functions that you will want to know about! Below are just a few of the new items to peruse:

Inline Assignment Grading allows an instructor to view and comment on student submitted assignment files right in his or her web browser.  You will no longer have to download documents to add comments.  With Inline Assignment Grading, you will have a ready supply of annotation tools available in Blackboard – including the ability to type comments, highlight and draw.  Check out the Bb Inline Assignment Grading video to find out more.

The Retention Center provides an easy-to-use data visualization and pre-configured rules for identifying at-risk students in a course. Because it requires no set up on the part of the instructor or administrator, it automatically calls out students who may need the instructor’s attention, making it easy for instructors to catch and respond to risk factors quickly, while there is time to help the at-risk students succeed in the course. 

The entry point to My Blackboard is a new Global Navigation Menu. This new menu is always available in the top right corner of the Learn interface and provides one-click access to your Courses, Organizations, Settings, Blackboard Help, and the new My Blackboard tools. With this new Global Navigation menu, you can access everything you need quickly and easily, from wherever you are in the Blackboard Learn platform.
NEW CONTENT EDITOR -Enhancement for All Users
The new and improved Content Editor enables simple content creation through an easy to use interface. The editor reads, writes and renders modern HTML – so the content you created in Microsoft Word and the course pages you designed so carefully in Dreamweaver will render with great fidelity within Blackboard Learn. We’ve made sure that the essential functions you need are there – the ability to re-size images, find/replace, and simple icons in the toolbar for everyday tasks. And you can easily add rich content by pulling in mash-ups from YouTube, Flickr, Slideshare, Twitter, and more. Another great feature of the new Content Editor is that you can expand it for full-frame editing, giving you a lot more real estate to build rich content.

ITEM ANALYSIS -New Feature for Educators
The new Item Analysis feature helps you easily refine your tests and quizzes by evaluating the quality and validity of each question and that question’s ability to discriminate between students who understand the material and those who do not. Ineffective questions can be easily identified and then you can quickly correct them with the Automatic Regrade feature. As an educator, you will be able to access an at-a-glance summary of your Blackboard assessments. This summary provides insight into student performance on that assessment and how the question items performed.

INTEGRATING EXTERNAL TOOLS -Enhancement for Educators
Blackboard Learn allows you to integrate third-party tools into your course. These tools use the LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) standard to connect Blackboard to the tool. If you use external resources that require logins for activities, such as virtual science experiments, interactive demonstrations, or assessments, you can specify a web link as a Link to a Tool Provider. Depending on configuration, this can then pass user information to the Tool Provider, creating a seamless experience for your students. Service Pack 10 now allows these Tool Providers to post grades directly to the Blackboard Learn Grade Center, making management of assignments much easier for you. 
CALENDAR UPDATE - New Feature for All Users
The updated calendar will allow all users to view institution level, course, and personal events in a single calendar view. When accessed from My Blackboard or the Tools menu on the My Institution tab, the calendar displays a consolidated view of all institution, course, organization, and personal calendar events for a user. Calendar events are color coded as a helpful indicator. When accessed from a course, instructors and students see the course calendar from the course menu on the Tools page. Instructors can use the calendar course tool as a primary way of managing and communicating the schedule of events and assignments in the course. Calendar supports due dates, if set, for gradable items. Clicking on calendar items allows an instructor to view or edit the item, or grade attempts on the associated item. Students can use filtering options to selectively view only course level items. They can then click on an item to view item details, and if supported, create an attempt against the item. You can export your Blackboard calendar into your Google calendar now. 

VIDEO EVERYWHERE - New Feature for All Users
Video Everywhere is available every place the content editor is. Users will be able to record video and upload it directly to YouTube safely. The feature provides the ability for faculty and students to record a video on the fly using a webcam, and have it seamlessly embedded in course materials, interactions, and feedback through the content editor. One can also reuse previously recorded videos by choosing from one’s own “library” of videos. All you need is Blackboard a a webcam.

Visit the Bb Support site System News page to see what else you can expect with the upgrade in May.

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