Blackboard Upgrade – Summer 2015

The upgrade of Blackboard in the summer to the latest version (9.1 2014) will provide you with access to some new and enhanced features. Here is a round-up of some of the new features:

A real student preview. Instructors can see exactly what a student sees in a course area, including the ability to submit assignments, take an online test or join a group, and even view results in My Grades.

True Anonymous grading using the Blackboard assignment tool.

Delegated marking of Blackboard assignments. This feature provides a streamlined online workflow for the allocation of assignments to markers, double marking and the reconciliation of grades.

Improvements to the Portfolio tool.

Use the new Retention Centre to track student performance and online engagement.

Real time Notifications when new announcements, content or learning activities are posted in courses. Staff and students can choose what types of notification to receive for different types of content. If students have the Blackboard mobile app installed, they can receive push notifications directly to their mobile devices.

We will also be introducing a modern look and feel to Blackboard that complements the University’s professional brand. Watch out for more information about (and a first look at) the new look and feel here on the TEL blog.

Let us know what you think of the new features by adding your comment to this post.


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