We are updating Blackboard on May 7th, 2015. We will be adding a few new tools and features. Here are some highlights:
We have updated the look and feel of our Blackboard environment. Please watch the short (5 minute) video below for a tour.
The Grader App provides instructors with a mobile solution for reviewing, providing feedback, and grading student submissions to Blackboard Learn assignments.
The Enhanced Cloud Profile provides users with their first professional profiles. The added features help users demonstrate competencies they have developed through their educational journeys in a visual and uniquely /compelling way. If you do not see this update, your institution has not turned it on.
SafeAssign is integrated into regular Blackboard Learn assignments.
The SafeAssign originality report has been changed in the following ways:
The report has been updated with a new look and feel. The report now displays multiple attachments.
The email option has been removed. While viewing the report, you can "print to pdf" either natively or using a plug-in based on the operating system and browser combination that you are using to create an accessible PDF. Then, you can share the PDF in multiple ways, including secure email.
Each source now has a color unique to the source. Text matching the source is highlighted in the unique source color. There are a maximum of 30 different colors. This matches the maximum of 30 different sources.
By default, all citation source highlighting is on. Instructors can click Show/Hide All Highlighting to turn source highlighting off and on for all sources at once.
The report layout has been improved for narrow screens. The report information and citations now appear at the top of the submission when instructors reduce the width of the viewing area.
Instructors click Select Sources and Resubmit to determine which sources they want to include in the next report. By default, all sources are included. Instructors can clear the check box for each source to exclude from the results. This behavior is the reverse of previous releases.
The page instructors are redirected to after resubmitting a paper has been updated to be more in line with the styling of the new report.
During the redesign of the SafeAssign originality report, it became clear that the mixed script count was potentially showing misleading and confusing information. The mixed script count identifies the potential of multiple scripts used in an assignment to hide acts of plagiarism. It was discovered that the count was based on the number of words or sentences in the text and was only triggered by Cyrillic. The count should be based on all of the ways multiple scripts can be used to avoid plagiarism detection. Also, the areas where each script was used were not identified in the document and had to be manually located. For these reasons, while the originality report continues to alert you to any use of mixed-script characters within individual words anywhere in a submission, the word count will not be available until it can be accurate for all script combinations and all instances can be highlighted in the report.
Instructors can view their course exactly as a student does by using a student account the system generates for them.
Blackboard Learn has integrated with OAuth 2.0. With this update users are able to seamlessly use several video features within Learn without authentication issues.
Individual users now have more choice about how their calendars are formatted both in the Calendar tool and when making date selections. They can alter the first day of the week that starts the calendar view in month and week views.
Users can also now choose the Hijri Islamic lunar calendar.
There is now a course list filter in the calendar.
The look and feel of My Grades has been updated. You can now view feedback by clicking View Feedback.