The new navigation menu is the entry point to My Blackboard and also provides one-click access to your Courses, Organizations, Settings and Help.
Note: You will not be able to change personal information within the “Settings” panel (e.g.; password).
For more details, see Blackboard's brief tutorial on the navigation menu [3:40].
Inline Assignment Grading enhances the grading experience for faculty and instructors in Blackboard Learn. In the past, instructors needed to download student-submitted files in order to view or edit those submissions. Now, instructors can view those files "inline" (i.e. in a web browser).
Annotation tools also enable instructors to provide feedback - comments, highlights and even drawings - directly on the inline view of the document.
For more details, see Blackboard’s brief video on Inline Assignment Grading [1:53].
You can evaluate the quality of objective test questions, including each 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.
For more details, see Blackboard’s brief tutorial on the Test Item Analysis function [5:00].
Easily create mobile-compatible tests with a streamlined interface in Blackboard.
Students have the option to take Mobile Tests via their desktop computer or the Blackboard Mobile Learn app using their iOS or Android mobile device.
Additionally, any previously-created tests that contain the following compatible question types may be taken using the Blackboard Mobile Learn app:
Any tests containing question types other than those listed above cannot be taken via a mobile device.
For more information, see Blackboard's Faculty Guide to Mobile Tests [.pdf]. Note: Images and colors in the guide may vary slightly from your Blackboard Learn course interface.
The new Content Editor improves your ability to enter text, paste from Microsoft Word and add content to all areas of your Blackboard course or organization.
For more details, see Blackboard’s brief tutorial on the enhanced Content Editor [3:59].
Video Everywhere is a feature of the content editor. You will see a new icon in the content editor that accesses your webcam. You and your students can:
For a highlights video, see Blackboard's brief video on Video Everywhere [1:34].
The Calendar in Blackboard Learn has been enhanced with the following features:
For a highlights video, see Blackboard’s brief video on the Calendar feature [1:24].
The Discussion Board maintains all of its existing functions but with improved aesthetic and functional design. Highlights include:
For a highlights video, see Blackboard’s brief video on Discussions [1:20].
The Retention Center enables instructors to identify and give focused attention to students who are at risk of not performing well. The Retention Center replaces the Early Warning System feature, providing easier workflow while retaining the Early Warning System’s data and rules.
From the Retention Center, you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement. No set-up is required, so you can begin using the Retention Center features immediately. The Retention Center settings can be customized. Only the “Instructors” in a course can see the Retention Center.
For more details, see Blackboard's brief tutorial on the Retention Center [4:30].
For more information on making your online materials accessible or if you have students that need academic accommodations for disabilities, contact eLearning.
Previous challenges with the Blackboard content editor have been resolved with the new content editor. Formatting controls such as bold, italics and underline can be accessed with common keyboard shortcuts.
The full set of formatting toolbars can be accessed at any time by pressing Alt+F10 (on a PC) or Alt+Fn+F10 (on a Mac).
All default color schemes in Blackboard now meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA expectations for color contrast, making the screen easier to read for viewers with visual disabilities. Contrast ratios are now 4:5:1 consistently across the whole of Blackboard.
Test-taking has been improved at the form mark-up level to ensure the best experience for both keyboard-only and screen reader users. Specific improvements have been made to the screen reader interaction with a "fill-in, multiple blanks" question when building and taking a test.
The Skip Links function allows users to skip over major navigation sections (such as the course menu) and jump directly to the most relevant content. Skip Links is available to keyboard users and screen reader users.
This Blackboard release includes an increased use of ARIA markup across the application to improve the screen reader's experience navigating the Blackboard Learn application. ARIA landmarks have been implemented on some new pages but this is not yet application-wide.
The structure of forms (any text-field box that requires a user to enter information) has been improved to help users understand what is required within each of the form's text fields.
A new global navigation menu has been developed, providing quick links to courses, organizations, settings, bookmarked files and user settings in addition to some of the new tools provided within the new My Blackboard feature set (see below).
This menu can be accessed at any time throughout the application by pressing Shift+Alt+M (PC) or Control+Alt+M (Mac) on your keyboard.
My Blackboard aggregates conversations, grades and activities within a user’s courses into a central location within Blackboard. Users can get an overall sense of what's happening for their courses and organizations within Blackboard without having to navigate into and out of each course or organization individually.
The My Grades tool for students was completely re-designed to simplify students’ ability to access their grades within a single course and across all courses they are enrolled in.
The "Needs Grading" workflow for teachers was improved to provide easier access to see and grade all outstanding student submissions within a course.
There is now a controlled focus when completing tasks within the screen reader view of the Grade Center, ensuring that the user is returned to the proper cell in the main Grade Center table.
The complexity of the messages page in the Discussion board still needs improvement to work with assistive technology tools. Viewing collections of messages (for example, all messages from a specific user or all unread messages) can somewhat improve the experience, but training may be required for users to be successful with assistive technology tools.
Although the Accessible Chat alternative is provided, this feature is not considered "equal access" to all users.
The multi-file upload function within Course Files and the Content System uses a Java Applet that does not interact well with various assistive technology tools. Users have the option to upload files one at a time using the "Single File Upload" function. Multiple files can still be attached to content items, but the process takes much longer.
Keyboard navigation within contextual menus and list action menus has been updated to ensure that these menus follow commonly-understood keyboard patterns.
New settings have been added to the Test and Survey Options pages called Test Availability Exceptions. The new settings allow you to select one or more groups of students and make a number of exceptions to the test or survey availability settings. You can use exceptions to provide an accommodation to Disability Resource Center registered students or provide accommodations for technology and language differences.
You can change these settings at any time, even after some students have attempted the test.
You can create exceptions for:
After students complete a test, test results and feedback are available to them. By setting up rules, you can set the release of progressive feedback to keep test results secure and prevent cheating.
For example, you can choose After Submission to present Score, All Answers, Correct, Submitted, Feedback and Show Incorrect Answers to show students their scores along with all answer options. Students also see their submitted answers marked as correct or incorrect and any feedback you provided.
|When|| Sets the time when test results and feedback are shown to students:
|Score||Shows the final score out of points possible to students.|
|All Answers||Shows all answer options for certain question types, such as multiple choice.|
|Correct||Shows the answers the student answered correctly.|
|Submitted||Shows all the student's submitted answers.|
|Feedback||Shows instructor generated feedback messages for each question.|
|Show Incorrect Answers||Shows the answers the student answered incorrectly or partially incorrectly.|
The Access Log provides detailed information on student test attempt interactions. Instructors, and other users who are granted permission, can view the Access Log for a test from the Attempts page of the test.
The access log shows a detailed list of every interaction that students engage in when taking a test. If a student claims to have started a test, the log will show the time the test was started. If a network or Internet disruption occurred during the test for example, the log would show an unusual gap in the time.