On May 20, 2018, we will be upgrading our Blackboard system. This upgrade will include new enhancements and features that we believe both instructors and students will find to be helpful. Some of these new enhancements and features include:
Improved mobile experience
The new version of Blackboard will make it much easier to navigate the Blackboard system and course menus from mobile devices. When you access Blackboard through mobile devices, you'll notice that the navigation has been moved to a hamburger menu that remains there when you move from screen to screen. Within a course, the menu opens and closes more easily, improving the overall experience, plus many Blackboard tools are now mobile friendly.
Submission receipts for assignments
When a student submits an assignment, a submission receipt is captured at the time of submission and includes information such as attached file information, date, time, etc. This feature gives students assurance about their work and provides evidence in case of an academic dispute. Students will receive a notification email for each assignment attempt with information about the submission, including attached files. Students can also access receipts at any time on the My Grades page in the submissions filter area. Instructors can keep track of all student submission, regardless of whether the attempt or assignment is deleted or the submission history is changed.
Drag and drop files
When instructors create content items, assignments, and web links, they can now 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 and within blogs and journals.
Discussion board "replies to me"
Keeping up with large discussion board forums is made easier with the additions of a "Replies to me" count and filter so unread replies to your own posts can be easily identified and read.
Ability for Instructors to delete multiple Grade Center columns at once
Instructors can now delete multiple Grade Center columns at once from the Column Organization page in the Full Grade Center making gradebook management even easier. When deleted, manual and calculated columns are removed completely; columns associated with gradeable items (such as Assignments, Tests, Discussion Forums, etc.) are cleared of attempt and grade data, but remain in the Grade Center.
Missing coursework reminders
Instructors can send email reminders from a Grade Center column 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.
If you have any additional questions about these new enhancements and features, please contact the KU IT Educational Technologists at 785-864-2600 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us in Budig 4 on the Lawrence campus. On the Edwards campus, contact us at 913-897-8443 or email@example.com, or visit us in RC 120C.