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What's New in Blackboard Learn

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Current Release: October 2014

The help in this section applies to both the April 2014 release and the October 2014 release.

Administrators: Don't forget to read the Release Notes and check out the Communication and Adoption Toolkit for your release to help you drive awareness and adoption of these new features and updates at your institution. (These resources are available in English only.)

The following tables will help you to get familiar with the features and building blocks available with the most recent updates to Blackboard Learn 9.1.

You can also check out BlackboardTV, the Blackboard YouTube channel, to view dozens of Blackboard Learn video tutorials. (These resources are available in English only.)

Learn 9.1 December 2014 Changes

Learn 9.1 December 2014 Changes
Feature Description To Learn More
Chegg Study Partner Cloud Integration Instructors can add Chegg Study materials to their courses for student to access. Administrator
Instructor

Learn SaaS December 2014 Changes

Learn SaaS December 2014 Changes
Feature Description To Learn More
Calendar 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.

A course list filter is now available in the calendar.

Administrator
Instructor
Content Editor The Content Editor spell check option is now ON by default. Instructor
Language Packs Translation change requests have been implemented to improve the quality and usability of the language packs for Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Spanish, and Turkish. Czech and Polish language packs have been added. Administrator
Video Everywhere 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. Administrator
Instructor

Learn 9.1 October 2014 Changes

Learn 9.1 October 2014 Changes
Feature Description To Learn More
Analytics for Learn A number of bug fixes and enhancements have been made. Administrator
Blackboard Store Students can easily purchase required course materials at competitive prices via personalized shopping lists and quick access from within Blackboard Learn. Instructors can find, compare, and assign materials from the largest online catalog of commercial and open educational content. Administrator
Instructor
Calendar 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.

A course list filter is now available in the calendar.

Administrator
Instructor
Content Editor The Content Editor spell check option is now ON by default. Instructor
Language Packs Translation change requests have been implemented to improve the quality and usability of the language packs for Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Spanish, and Turkish. Czech and Polish language packs have been added. Administrator
Outcomes Assessment Users can now access report options to create a printable view to save the visualized report as a PDF or XLS. Additional data fields are also available to provide further insight needed for in-depth data analysis for quantitative and qualitative assessment. Administrator
(in English only)
Video Everywhere 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. Administrator
Instructor

October 2014 Changes

October 2014 Changes
Feature Description To Learn More
Bb Grader App The Grader App provides instructors with a mobile solution for reviewing, providing feedback, and grading student submissions to Blackboard Learn Assignments. Mobile Learn Update, Bb Grader App

September 2014 Changes

September 2014 Changes
Feature Description To Learn More
ConnectTxt ConnectTxt is now available for Blackboard Learn. bbconnecttxt.com
(in English only)
SaaS Deployment Option of Learn Learn is now available as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployment option. With the SaaS deployment option, Learn is hosted, delivered, and managed using a modern cloud computing infrastructure. Administrator

Learn 9.1 April 2014 Changes

Learn 9.1 April 2014 Changes
Feature Description To Learn More
Activity Accumulator Tasks Activity Accumulator tasks have been moved from the database to bb-tasks. Administrator 
API: Input Sanitization Hardening This release contains updated input sanitization APIs around primary key identifiers to make a more secure platform. Administrator 
Assessments: Significant Figures In calculated formula questions, instructors can select the number of decimals or significant figures for the correct answers generated by the system. Instructor
Blackboard Collaborate Building Block The Blackboard Collaborate Launcher is now available to Windows users, giving them parity with Mac users. This utility provides a convenient and reliable way to launch Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing sessions and recordings. Instructor
Student
Building Blocks Framework Improvements Blackboard has added two improvements to the Building Block Framework which improve application startup time by circumventing unnecessary class loading via bean introspection activity and unnecessary checks for loading of shared libraries.  
Courses: Course Creation Wizard Improvements Course Creation Wizard module requires user to have a system role and with a specific entitlement. Administrator
Financial Aid Reporting Generate reports of student academic contribution within a single or multiple courses in Blackboard Learn 9.1. Administrator
Instructor
Grading: Anonymous Grading Instructors can hide student names from submitted assignments for anonymous grading. Instructor
Student
Grading: Delegated Grading Instructors can delegate grading to specific users. Instructor
Installer Improvements This release includes changes in the installer that modified the services and configurations of Blackboard Learn. Administrator
Integration: Feed Passwords Integration feeds no longer are required to provide Learn passwords (RDBMS) at creation time for users, and can safely be omitted from all types of integration feeds. Administrator
Integration: Learning Information Services (LIS) Support for IMS LIS has been updated to conform to the 2.0 final specification, supporting more recent releases from SIS partners and vendors. Blackboard also now supports the retrieval of grade information via the LIS specification. Administrator 
My Grades The look and feel of My Grades has been updated. Students can now view feedback by clicking View Feedback. Student
Portfolio Improvements Portfolios are now accessed from the global navigation and have a new authoring canvas. Instructors can create portfolio assignments. Administrator
Instructor
Student
Profiles 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. Administrator
Student
Redis Cache Redis Cache is bundled in Learn 9.1 April 2014. Administrator
SafeAssign Integration SafeAssign is integrated into regular Learn assignments. Administrator
Instructor
Student
SafeAssign Originality Report Changes

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.
Instructor
Student Preview Instructors can view their course exactly as a student does by using a student account the system generates for them. Administrator
Instructor
User Interface: Frames Removed Frames have been completely removed from the Learn application and replaced with HTML5 compliant DIVs and iFrames. This change improves page printing, accessibility, and page navigation. Administrator

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