During the week 14th-18th July 2014 Blackboard Learn will be unavailable whilst the system is upgraded to Service Pack 14. This post will briefly highlight a selection of the main features included* in the upgrade (*subject to testing). Click on each feature title to find out more information:
The Achievements tool allows instructors and course designers to designate criteria for issuing rewards to students in the form of both Badges and Certificates.
The Course Message Notifications tool gives each course a private and secure system for communication that functions similar to email.
Date Management gives instructors the ability to have the system automatically “shift” content and tool dates in a course in a highly efficient way.
With the Student Preview feature, instructors can see their courses and interact with them exactly how students do.
Bluepulse allows students the opportunity to make daily suggestions about what can be improved in the classroom.
Improvements include: improved workflow for setting anonymous and delegated grading on assignments, the ‘My Grades’ page order of display matches the Grade Centre column order, improved workflow for Tests settings, & Grading Schemas can now go over 100%.
The new Group Management page provides a single page to: manage tool access for all groups, sort columns, perform bulk actions for deleting groups, and create Grade Centre smart views for one or more groups.
Instructors can view student-submitted files “inline,” meaning in the web browser. Annotations tools are available as part of the inline viewer, enabling instructors to provide [electronically written] feedback — comments, highlights, and drawing/annotation — directly on the inline view of the document.
Any staff interested in utilising some of these new features are welcome to contact the Learning Technology Team for further information and support.