The 9.1 Q4 2016 release fully supports REST APIs. Administrators and developers can create integrations using REST APIs and secured with OAuth. Please note that we strongly encourage anyone making use of these APIs to thoroughly test their functionality.

More on REST APIs is available on the Blackboard Community site

Learn 2016 theme

This release includes a new theme that provides a more modern look and feel. Most importantly, the Bb Learn 2016 theme significantly increases the responsiveness of the interface for small devices. The theme also incorporates elements from the new Blackboard design language including color, fonts, and spacing, for greater consistency between Blackboard Learn, Collaborate Ultra, and the Blackboard app.

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Dropbox integration

Users can attach files and submit assignments from their personal Dropbox accounts using this new cloud service integration.

More on Administrator: Dropbox Integration | Instructor: Add files | Student: Add files

Drag and drop files

When instructors create content items, assignments, and web links, they can drag files from their computers to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. Students can also drag files to upload when they submit assignments.

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Submission receipts

Administrators and instructors can keep track of all student submissions, regardless of whether the attempt or assignment is deleted or the submission history is changed. A submission receipt is captured at the time of submission and includes information such as attached file information, date, time, etc. This feature provides evidence for academic disputes, giving students assurance about their work.

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Instructors can send email reminders from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework. Students receive a system-generated email that lists the course, coursework, and the due date if included.

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Needs Grading improvements

A new filter is now available both in the Needs Grading workflow as well as within the Grade Center to show or hide attempts that won't be included in the grade calculation. Attempts that won't calculate towards the assessment grade are now indicated with an icon.

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Activity reports

The Course Activity Overview report has been updated to improve the experience for larger enrollment courses. Instructors can filter the report and break down the calculations of student activity by course groups.

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