What's New in Blackboard?
We will be adding several new tools/features to Blackboard this summer. Here are some highlights:
My Blackboard consolidates critical information from all your Courses and Organizations as well as your academic network. The new tools in My Blackboard – Profile, Posts, Updates, My Grades, and People – were developed to meet the needs of today’s active learner, and instructors benefit too.
The Global Navigation Menu is always present in the top right corner, the new navigation menu is the entry point to My Blackboard and also provides one-click access to your Courses, Organizations, Settings, and Help.
Text and Text-to-Voice Course Notifications allow students to select how they'd like to receive automated notifications for their courses, for example when there’s a new course announcement or an assignment is due. Stay updated anytime, anywhere.
Assessment Item Analysis gives instructors an easy way refine their assessments by evaluating the quality 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 quickly corrected with the Automatic Regrade feature.
The new Social Learning Tools allow students to connect informally outside of the class environment. The Messages feature lets students send a message to anyone in Blackboard and Spaces lets them create an informal online collaboration area for study groups and clubs.
The Calendar Tool has been significantly enhanced. When accessed from My Blackboard or the Tools menu on the Welcome tab, the calendar displays a consolidated view of all institution, course, organization, and personal calendar events for a user. Calendar events are color coded by course and due dates are now automatically added to the calendar when set for gradable items such as assignments.
The Discussions Tool has been updated in two primary ways. All of the posts in a thread are now visible at the same time on one page and there is a new feature that allows instructors to require students to post to a discussion before seeing other students' posts.
Video Everywhere is a new tool in the content editor that can be used by both instructors and students to record video on the fly using a webcam and have it seamlessly embedded in course materials, interactions and feedback. It also allows you to reuse previously recorded videos. These video clips reside in your own personal YouTube channel and can be edited within YouTube or shared outside of Blackboard when you provide the direct link to others (by default they are "unlisted" and not publicly searchable within YouTube).
The Retention Center provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. Based on preconfigured rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to potential risk. From the Retention Center, you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement.