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New Features for Spring 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Features in Blackboard that are new for the Spring 2019 semester or recently added to the KU Lawrence system.


Audio/Video Feedback when Grading in Blackboard 

It is now possible to give audio/video feedback to students when grading in Blackboard. Instructors will need to use the Chrome or Firefox browser in order to use this function. Look for the microphone icon in any Feedback to Learner textbox toolbar:

mic icon to record audio or video when grading

Learn more about where to find the feature, how to use it, and answers to common questions at Blackboard's webpage: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Interact/Audio_Video_Recording.


Full Screen Grade Center

In the Full Grade Center instructors can expand the view of the grading area by clicking the 4 arrow icon in the upper right, located just under the 'Work Offline' button: 

4 arrow icon to expand grading view

This hides the left course menu and the top tabs to display more grade columns across the page. To return the left menu and top tabs, click the 4 arrow icon again. 


Download Annotated Assignment Documents

Instructors and students can now download a student's assignment document including the instructor's annotations as a PDF file.

option to download annotated assignment document

A known issue with this feature is that Chrome's built-in PDF viewer may not show all the instructor's annotations. For best results, use a native PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat to view annoated documents.


More Recently Added Features

Features that were added to our Blackboard system in May 2018.


Course Availability In One Click

On the My Blackboard landing page, you can see a Qwickly module. If you click the Course Availability drop down – you will see a list of your courses and which ones are available to students. Simply click the ‘on’ or ‘off’ toggle to make the courses available or unavailable to the enrolled students.  

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