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Learn SaaS release 3900.44.0

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.44.0
Release to Test/Stage: Tuesday, 21 June 2022 | Release to Production: Thursday, 7 July 2022
Original Experience
Ultra Experience

For full feature details please review the corresponding notes for the Learn 3900.44.0 version included below on this page. Details can also be found on Behind the Blackboard.

Latest release: 3900.44.0-rel.23+b930328 to Production servers to take place on 28 July 2022.

For more information on updates and bug fixes, please visit Behind the Blackboard.

 


Copy Question Banks - 3900.44

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View, Original Course View
Impact: Instructors

Instructors spend a great amount of time building and refining assessment questions. Reusing these questions across courses is of utmost importance. Now instructors can copy question banks from Original and Ultra courses. This saves time and provides greater efficiency.

From the Copy Content menu, instructors may select the Question Banks folder from the desired course. To copy all banks the instructor may select the checkbox for the Question Bank folder.

Image 1. Question Banks folder option from Copy Content menu

Question Banks folder option from Copy Content menu

To copy individual banks the instructor may select the Question Banks folder to open it. Select the checkbox for each bank to copy.

Image 2. List of all Question Banks

List of all Question Banks

Copied Question Banks appear in the Question Banks area. Select 'Manage banks' in the Details & Actions menu to review all question banks in the course.

For administrators: This feature is available for all Ultra courses. There are no configurations needed.

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Quality and accessibility improvements of math formulas - 3900.44

Blackboard Learn SaaS, Learn 9.1
Ultra Experience, Original Experience
Ultra Course View, Original Course View
Impact: Instructors, Students

Instructors and students often use math formulas in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses. In the past, formulas might render slowly or lose quality when zoomed. Now we will render math formulas as images in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format. This allows users to zoom in or enlarge formula images without losing quality. This change also improves accessibility for users with low vision.

Image 1. Before rendering images in SVG format

Before rendering images in SVG format

Image 2. After rendering images in SVG format

After rendering images in SVG format

Users can create math formulas using the text editor. Some content types include a description. The description appears on the Course Content page. Some notifications on the Activity Stream also display the description. When a description for a discussion or journal includes a math formula, we replace the formula image with '[Math formula].' When the user selects the content or notification, the math formulas will render as images.

Image 3. Example discussion description that includes a math formula.

Example discussion description that includes a math formula

Image 4. Example discussion topic that has math formulas.

Example discussion topic that has math formulas

For administrators: There are no configurations needed.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Display Pronouns and Pronunciation in Original Course View - 3900.44

Blackboard Learn SaaS, Learn 9.1
Original Experience
Original Course View
Impact: All users

The November 3900.26 and February 3900.32 releases included these features for Ultra Course View. This release adds full support for Original Course View. It also adds limited capabilities for Original Experience without Base Navigation enabled.

This release continues to deliver on planned diversity and inclusion improvements. Institutions can allow users to express their personal pronouns. This fosters greater respect among students and with faculty.

Institutions can also enable name pronunciation. Users can add text guidance to describe the pronunciation of their names for other users. Users can record the pronunciation of their names. The recording tool counts down to when the recording begins. The recording may be up to 20 seconds long. For accessibility reasons, text guidance must be allowed if name recording is enabled. Recordings are compressed and included in storage use calculations.

If a user has pronoun or pronunciation information, it is displayed on a profile card. Selecting any avatar icon in Original Course View displays the profile card. All avatars are selectable in user lists, course tools, and grading workflows.

Image 1. Pronouns and pronunciation for a student when the instructor views an assignment submission.

Pronouns and pronunciation for a student when the instructor views an assignment submission

Image 2. Pronouns and pronunciation in discussion.

Pronouns and pronunciation in discussion

Base Navigation is required for the following features:

  • Administrator can enable pronunciation recording
  • Administrator can configure pronoun options for user choice
  • Users can select their own pronouns
  • Users can create or play back pronunciation recordings

All deployments support the following, including Original Experience:

  • Display pronouns and pronunciations in Original Course View
  • Integrate pronoun and pronunciation guidance text from a user information system
  • Administrators can manually set user pronouns and pronunciation guidance text
  • Users can manually set pronunciation guidance text

Known issue in Safari browsers: There is a known issue creating or playing pronunciation recordings in Safari. The issue is because of a mismatch of compression codecs that Safari supports.

For administrators: Manage these features in Administrator Panel > Customize User Information. You may add pronouns and pronunciation guidance text through data integration. This includes REST, flat file, LIS, XML, and IMS methods.

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Institution Role Mapping to LTI Institution Roles - 3900.44

Blackboard Learn SaaS, Learn 9.1
Ultra Experience, Original Experience
Ultra Course View, Original Course View
Impact: Administrators

Some third-party integrated tools function better when users’ institution roles are more specific. This is especially true for tools accessed outside of courses. In the past, Learn did not send institution role information to LTI tools. Learn will now send to LTI tools users’ mapped primary institution role information. Secondary institution roles are not supported.

When administrators edit institution roles, they may select from a list LTI Institution Roles that their tools expect.

The mappings are supported for all deployment types. Mappings apply to both user experiences and course types. You can map the Learn default institution roles or any custom ones made by the institution. We support mapping for LTI 1.1 or 1.3/Advantage.

To prevent disruption for current users, the default role behavior remains unchanged. Administrators may edit each role configuration and choose the best LTI role for each. LTI institution role mapping applies to all LTI tools.

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Administrator launch for LTI course links - 3900.44

Blackboard Learn SaaS, Learn 9.1
Ultra Experience, Original Experience
Ultra Course View, Original Course View
Impact: Administrators, System Support Roles, Node Administrators

In the past, administrators would receive an error when selecting an LTI link in a course. To remediate the error, administrators would have to enroll in the course. Because only course members could launch LTI links, enrollment was a requirement.

Now administrators no longer need to enroll in the course.

The tool shows the user with an LTI system role of “Administrator” and an LTI context role of “Administrator.” The administrator or support user will not appear in tool requests for course membership. The tool shows them as an administrator, not an instructor. A tool must follow the LTI specification and be able to give a proper experience to an administrator user.

This change applies to the mobile application as well since LTI links are handed off to the responsive web browser.

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Blackboard Home Improvements – 3900.44

 

Blackboard Learn SaaS, Learn 9.1
Ultra Experience, Original Experience
Ultra Course View, Original Course View
Impact: Administrators

Administrators need access to timely information about storage and usage. We released Blackboard Home in the June 2022 - 3400.41 release. In response to client feedback, we have made four improvements:

 
  • Added a new ‘Courses’ Tab under Insights with two pie charts to show the number of Active and Total courses. Pie charts display the number of courses on Ultra and Original

Image 1. New Courses Tab

Courses Tan view in the Blackboard Home page
 
  • Included more support links in the My Support section

Image 2. More general support options from My Support menu

General Support menu view with more help options within the Blackboard Home page
 
  • Updated the language on the Logins subtab of Insights. We made this change to more clearly define unique logins and how they are counted.

Image 3. Updated description for Unique Logins

Unique logins description within the Blackboard Home page
 
  • A major change we added is the new option to download the metrics in .csv format. At the moment, it's available for Storage, Users, and Logins graph types, but not for Courses.

You asked, we listened: this feature was added as per initial feedback from one of our clients who took part on the Beta release. Thank you for helping us improve our platform for the benefit of all.

Image 4. Option to download the metrics in .csv format

Option to download metrics in cvs format

For administrators: This feature is an LTI 1.3 application and managed via DevPortal. Application must be enabled via Administrator Panel > LTI Tool Providers > Blackboard Home. LTI application must be configured to send the user fields "Role in Course". Administrators are unable to further limit access. If the application is not present, you may just need to resynchronize the LTI Tool Providers via: Administrator Panel > LTI Tool Providers > Synchronize LTI 1.3 Tools > Submit.

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Learn SaaS release 3900.41.0

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.41.0
Release to Test/Stage: Tuesday, 10 May 2022 | Release to Production: Thursday, 2 June 2022
Original Experience
Ultra Experience

For full feature details please review the corresponding notes for the Learn 3900.41.0 version included below on this page. Details can also be found on Behind the Blackboard.

Latest release: 3900.41.0-rel.22+d0bc71c to Production servers on 23 June 2022.

For more information on updates and bug fixes, please visit Behind the Blackboard.

 


June 2022 – 3900.41 Release

The June 2022 - 3900.41 release is rich with new features and improvements in three areas: assessment and grading; richer course and content design; and integration, extension, and management.

Instructors:

Instructors and students:

Administrators:

All users:

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Changed behavior for pasting JavaScript in Original Course View Content Editor - 3900.41

Blackboard Learn SaaS, Blackboard Learn 9.1
Original Experience
Original Course View
Impact: All users

The Original Course View Content Editor allows users to paste JavaScript into their HTML. JavaScript can add rich capability to web content but can be malicious. The Content Editor removes JavaScript automatically for most users when saved. This way, scripts cannot harm other users. Only authorized users can keep JavaScript when they save.

In the past, the Content Editor would temporarily render pasted scripts in the edit view. A user copying a script from a bad actor could inadvertently run a script against themselves.

A user could still run malicious JavaScript against their own device, but not by using the Content Editor. For users authorized to save scripts, JavaScript will still render after they save.

For administrators: This feature is available for all Original courses. There are no configurations needed. The existing permission for the ability to save scripts is called, “Add/Edit trusted content with scripts.”

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Blackboard Home: storage and utilization reports – 3900.41

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience, Original Experience
Ultra Course View, Original Course View
Impact: Administrators

Administrators need access to timely information about storage and usage. They use this to compare actual usage against contracted limits. We send administrators monthly reports of peak usage metrics. Using Insights Reports, admins can also look at many daily metrics over time to find the peaks. Blackboard Home now provides up-to-date peak usage metrics. The reports show peak usage over a configurable number of months. These metrics include billable storage and users, displayed together with the contracted limits. There are also reports for login counts and current storage use segmented by file type. Blackboard Home has not yet replaced the Insights Report. Both reports will appear for now. Blackboard Home appears to full System Administrators in the Admin panel.

Blackboard Home will become available to all Blackboard Learn SaaS instances with the next SaaS Feature Release in June, scheduled for June 2nd, 2022. This includes production, stage, and test environments. Blackboard Home is only for Learn SaaS.

Image 1. Peak storage usage

Peak storage usage

Image 2. File type breakdown

File type breakdown

Image 3. Peak User Counts

Peak User Counts

For administrators: This feature is an LTI 1.3 application and managed via DevPortal.
Application must be enabled via Administrator Panel > LTI Tool Providers > Blackboard Home. LTI application must be configured to send the user fields "Role in Course". Administrators are unable to further limit access.
If the application is not present, you may just need to resynchronize the LTI Tool Providers via: Administrator Panel > LTI Tool Providers > Synchronize LTI 1.3 Tools > Submit.


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Video: Storage and Utilization reports in the Blackboard Home shows how Blackboard Home provides up-to-date peak usage metrics.

Storage and Utilization reports in the Blackboard Home video

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REST APIs to read all Content Collection files - 3900.41

Blackboard Learn SaaS, Blackboard Learn 9.1
Ultra Experience, Original Experience
Ultra Course View, Original Course View
Impact: Administrators

The Content Collection stores files used in courses. It also stores files needed for other features of Blackboard Learn. Some third-party apps need access to these files to function. In the past, tool developers may have used Building Blocks APIs to read these files. Now developers can use REST APIs to read all files in all Content Collection directories. An administrator must authorize this access for a third-party app. The admin should assign permission “Read-only access to the Content System filesystem” to the API user. This improvement is part of ongoing work to expand the capabilities of the Content Collection REST APIs.

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Learn SaaS release 3900.39.0

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.39.0
Release to Test/Stage: Friday, 22 April 2022 | Release to Production: Thursday, 5 May 2022
Original Experience
Ultra Experience

For full feature details please review the corresponding notes for the Learn 3900.39.0 version included below on this page. Details can also be found on Behind the Blackboard.

Latest release: 3900.39.0-rel.27+6e72bbb off cycle release to Production servers on 13 May 2022.

For more information on updates and bug fixes, please visit Behind the Blackboard.

 


May 2022 – 3900.39 Release

This release features a variety of improvements. Some improvements center on assessment and grading and better, more efficient workflows. Other features focus on refinement based on instructor, student, and administrator feedback.

The May 2022 - 3900.39 release includes several new features.

Instructors:

Students:

Administrators:

All users:

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Support "undo" and “redo” capability in Bb Annotate - 3900.39

Blackboard Learn SaaS, Managed Hosting, Self-Hosted
Ultra Experience and Original Experience
Ultra Course View and Original Course View
Impact: Instructors, roles with grading permissions

We've paused the release of the new undo/redo capability in Bb Annotate due to an issue causing loss of information on comments. The root cause of it has been identified, and we'll communicate a new target date for the deployment in the following days. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, as we understand this is a critical timing, and a critical tool for the grading process.

Many instructors today enjoy the efficiency and effectiveness of using Bb Annotate. Assignments with file submissions include the Bb Annotate feature. This release adds new functionality to include an "undo" and "redo" option. An instructor may undo a change and then if inclined, redo it.

Image 1. Before - Bb Annotate toolbar.

BBAnnotate: Before the new Undo and Redo functionalities on the top bar

Image 2. After - undo and redo buttons on the Bb Annotate toolbar

BBAnnotate: After the new Undo and Redo functionalities included on the top bar

"Undo" and "redo" will not apply to comments. All other annotations are included for this capability.

For administrators: This feature is not aligned to the deployment dates for 3900.39. This feature will be released on 19 May 2022. There are no configurations needed.

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Improvements to permissions - 3900.39

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View and Original Course View
Impact: All users - system and course roles with corresponding permissions

There are several areas where permission checks do not work as expected. This results in “You’re not on the list” errors. We are making improvements in several upcoming releases that address permission issues. These improvements will also remove the need for a quick enroll option. In this release, we have corrected the following permission issues:

  • Managing settings in Course Timeline for graders, course builders, and other non-instructors:
    There are non-instructor course roles such as graders and builders. In the past, they could not favorite their courses in the Course Timeline. They also could not choose to hide and show courses. When they had permissions, they could not open courses and make them private. We have corrected these issues in the Course Timeline.
  • Access to notification settings for graders, course builders, and other non-instructors:
    There are non-instructor course roles such as graders and builders. Users manage their email notification preferences in the Stream. Before users with these roles could not set their email notification preferences. We have corrected this.
  • Support users accessing Journals will not receive errors:
    There are support users such as administrators who access courses. In the past, these users who accessed a Journal saw error messages in Ultra courses. We have corrected this.
  • Improved Rubric access for graders:
    In the past, some Rubric grading workflows would cause errors for graders. We have corrected these.
  • Improved SCORM access for course builders:
    Course builders could receive errors editing SCORM settings. We have corrected this.
  • Support users without view enrollment permissions will not see Roster errors:
    There are support users who access courses. Sometimes these users do not have permission to view course enrollments. At times, these users would click on the Roster tool and see errors. Now the Roster tool will not appear for these users. They also will not see the Course Faculty section in the Course Outline.

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In-product Updates and User Engagement Surveys Improvements - 3900.39

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View and Original Course View
Impact: Administrators

We have a responsibility to help users understand new features and other changes. To support this effort, we introduced in-product updates and user engagement surveys. Product updates are brief mentions of what is new in the Ultra Course View. User engagement surveys are brief polls launched to small samples of users. These polls help us improve our product.

In the April release, these settings were "off" by default.

With the May release, these settings will be "on" by default.

For administrators: If you do not wish to allow in-product updates and/or user engagement surveys, you may opt out. Define the setting for your institution: Administrator Panel > Configure Ultra Experience.

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Manage image title attribute in Original course Content Editor - 3900.39

Blackboard Learn SaaS, Managed Hosting, Self-Hosted
Original Experience
Original Course View
Impact: All users

The Content Editor in Original courses allows users to add image attributes. Now it also supports adding the "title" attribute. This attribute adds text tips to images. We still recommend prioritizing alternative description. An alternative description makes content more accessible, while a title doesn't.

Image 1. Before

Learn Original Content Editor: Before the new image title attribute existed

Image 2. After

Learn Original Content Editor: with the new image title attribute addition

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Learn SaaS release 3900.37.0

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.37.0
Release to Test/Stage: Tuesday, 15 March 2022 | Release to Production: Thursday, 21 April 2022
Original Experience
Ultra Experience

For full feature details please review the corresponding notes for the Learn 3900.37.0 version included below on this page. Details can also be found on Behind the Blackboard.

Latest release: 3900.37.0-rel.37+c829417 off-cycle release to Production servers on 29 April 2022.

For more information on updates and bug fixes, please visit Behind the Blackboard.

 


April 2022 – 3900.37 Release

Educators consider many areas as they design high-quality, engaging courses. This release features improvements for instructors and students around assessment. Other features focus on intuitive and time saving workflows and surfacing data insights.

The April 2022 - 3900.37 release includes several new features.

Instructors:

Instructors and students:

Students:

Administrators:

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Granular Content Copy within the current Ultra Course - 3900.37

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors, Course Builders

Course copy is an important feature for building out and updating courses. Instructors desire flexible approaches to support how they design and build courses. To better equip instructors, we have added a way to copy content within a single course. This new workflow supplies a way to duplicate content for quicker course building. Instructors can access the Copy Content menu to search for the current course. From there it is easy to navigate content and select content to copy or duplicate.

Supported content types include:

  • Folders
  • Documents
  • Tests, including group tests
  • Assignments, including group assignments
  • Links to websites
  • SCORM packages
  • Discussions and Journals
  • Learning Modules and individual items within a Learning Module

Image 1. Instructor view - Copy Content from an Ultra course within the Same Ultra Course

Instructor view - Copy Content from an Ultra course within the Same Ultra Course

Image 2. Instructor view - Copy items from within a Learning Module

Instructor view - Copy items from within a Learning Module

For administrators: This feature is available for all Ultra courses. There are no configurations needed.


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Branded URLs in Scheduled Notification Emails - 3900.37

Blackboard Learn SaaS, Managed Hosting, Self-Hosted
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Original Experience
Original Course View
Impact: All users

Some institutions use domain branding. Different authentication providers (IdPs) can have an association with a specific domain. When this is the case, notification emails reflect the domain in the URL for each individual user. This functionality supplies support for all authentication types for each individual user. When a user clicks into a notification email, they will authenticate to that domain.

Recently scheduled notifications sent daily had correct URLs in links. This release improves links for emails sent because of a user action (e.g., a user may share a portfolio or send an announcement).

For administrators: No action is necessary. This update is structural only.

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Automatic grades release for 3rd party tools using LTI Advantage - 3900.34.0

Blackboard Learn SaaS, Learn 9.1 MH/SH
Original & Ultra Experience, Original & Ultra Course Views
Impact: Instructors and Students

We support the latest interoperability standards for adding 3rd-party apps into your courses. We use LTI Advantage from IMS Global. In the past, scores from integrated apps would not auto-post in Ultra Course View. This required instructors to act so students could see their grades.

The specification for LTI Advantage was ambiguous about how to handle grade visibility. We partnered with the IMS organization to update the standard. Now the LTI Advantage / LTI v1.3 tools can define whether grades should auto-post to students.

Updated behavior for tools

  • Ultra Course View: We now default to auto-post grades for LTI Advantage tools. Instructors will not have to remember to post grades. One exception exists when a tool indicates that grades should not post to students.
  • Original Course View: The behavior for LTI Advantage tools remains unchanged. Grades auto-release when the tool sends scores. One exception exists when the Grade Center column is not visible.

New capability for tools

We also now support the ability for an LTI Advantage tool to manage the release of grades. When appropriate, grades auto-post to students. TurnItIn, for example, plans to use this approach in an upcoming release.

  • Ultra Course View: If a tool sets that grades should not auto-post, scores sent to the Learn Gradebook only display to instructors. Instructors can choose to post grades for students, or the tool can auto-release grades later.
  • Original Course View: If a tool sets that grades should not auto-post, scores sent to the Learn Grade Center appear behind a “Needs Grading” status indicator. Students and instructors see that students have submitted work but not the result. When the tool releases grades, all students will see their scores.

The improvements in this release are specific to LTI Advantage/LTI 1.3 tools. Behavior for older LTI 1.1 tools remains unchanged. For older LTI 1.1 tools in Ultra Course View, new scores sent from tools are always auto posted.

For developers and tool providers: LTI Advantage has a new Line Item attribute - gradesReleased. You can specify it in a Deep Linking message or an Assignment and Grades service call. You only need to update your tool if you want to send scores to Learn but release them to students later. The default value for gradesReleased is true if you do not specify the attribute. When set to false, students will not see scores sent to the gradebook. When the attribute is true, students see current scores and future updates. If you use the gradesReleased=false attribute and want to maintain compatibility with Original Course View, you will need to manage the release of grades. Instructors do not have a post action in Original Course View to release grades. Instructors do have the post action in Ultra Course View.

 

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Automatic cleanup of user-created archive and export packages - 3900.34.0

Blackboard Learn SaaS, Learn 9.1 MH/SH
Original and Ultra Experience, Original and Ultra Course Views
Impact: Users with permission to create course packages (Administrators; in some cases, instructors, course builders, and other privileged users)

Export and archive packages within a course will now have auto-delete settings. This automatic cleanup enables institutions to reduce storage space used. The auto-cleanup also allows administrators to control storage growth. This also saves time and reduces frustration for administrators.

In the past, all packages remained in the course until the deletion of the packages or the course. The retention of the course packages resulted in extensive storage usage.

Existing user-generated course packages will be set to expire in 90 days from the 3900.34 upgrade. This gives more time to copy packages to external storage if needed. In the course package list view, the expiry date for these packages will reflect a 90-day expiry. Packages are deleted on the expiry day.

Course packages created after the upgrade to 3900.34 will expire and auto-delete 30 days after the creation date.

We will notify users of this behavior in three ways:

  • When creating the package, the interface informs the user of this time constraint.
  • The notification that a package is ready to download informs the user of the time constraint.
  • In the course package list view for the course, the removal date displays for each package.

This improvement does not change the way administrators delete courses. These changes only apply to the export/archive packages stored within the course. There are no changes to the behavior of automatic archive creation or deletion.

For Administrators: Please leverage your own communication channels to reinforce this change to affected users.

 

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Access automatic archive packages from within courses - 3900.34.0

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Original and Ultra Experience, Original and Ultra Course Views
Impact: Administrators, others to whom admins grant permissions

In SaaS, daily archives are auto created for active courses. Administrators can retrieve lost data from these archives. These archives are available for 30 days. Now privileged users can now access and download archive packages from the course. The daily archives often lessen the need for other users to create their own packages. This change in access reduces storage space used. The access change saves time and reduces frustration for privileged users and administrators.

For Administrators:

  • This permission is not on by default for instructors. Required permission: Course/Organization Control Panel (Packages and Utilities) > Archive Course/Organization, including user passwords
  • Automatic archive packages include highly sensitive personal information for users. If you use the default authentication type in Learn, the package includes an encrypted version of users' passwords. When this is the case, we recommend that you do not enable this feature for instructors.
  • The password values in the Learn database pose no security risk if you use an identity provider (IdP) for authentication (e.g., SAML/LDAP) without fallback to the default Learn authentication.
  • We recommend that you review policies about storing and handling sensitive personal data. These archives contain highly sensitive data. Please ensure it is appropriate to grant users privileges to access these archives.
  • There are no changes to the restore process with this enhancement. Only administrators can retrieve user data through a restore process. We always recommend restoring courses into a non-production environment. This helps to ensure no disruption to current courses/users in production.

 

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Bb Annotations: Save preferences / Settings 

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery | Blackboard Learn 9.1
Ultra Experience, Ultra Course View, Original Course View, Original Experience

For this improvement, we constantly work with our partners to align the product functionality with the pillars of efficiency and pedagogy, now we are pleased to present this update for Bb Annotate tool, available for both Original and Ultra Courses which is built around the common and really used workflow: the grading process.

Since the initial deployment of Bb Annotate, we have identified that saving preferences is a great need for instructors and grading roles, avoiding the need to reset common preferences when switching from submission to submission. For this release, we will be able to go through the inline grading process in the Course, saving common preferences for Annotation tools, and having the possibility to save custom Stamps to add to the submissions, these new functionalities are user-defined, which means that user preferences and custom stamps will persist through all courses.

With this release, we help our instructors and grader roles to improve their productivity, decreasing work time in a “do it once and then forget” way and encouraging the use of the application as a preferred tool for feedback.

Enhancement is going to be out in January, the exact date may differ from the release update and even be different across regions. This improvement will be released to client Production environments with the 3900.30.0 release.


Bb Annotations - Save preferences and settings: Delay for release to client Production environments

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery | Blackboard Learn 9.1
Ultra Experience, Ultra Course View, Original Course View, Original Experience

As part of our commitment to release quality, and transparency to our users, we’re delaying the Bb Annotations: Save preferences and settings release previously scheduled in tandem with version 3900.28.0 on December 2, 2021. This will now be included in the 3900.30.0 release to client Production sites on January 6, 2022.


File upload size limit (Original Course View) - 3900.28.0

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.28.0 | Release to Production 2 December 2021
Original Course View

Setting limits on users’ uploads helps institutions contain storage utilization, maintain institutional policies, and encourage use of resources better suited to online use or limited bandwidth. This release includes the following capabilities:

  • Administrators can set a file size limit in megabytes for all files uploaded into courses. This restriction is applied to uploads in the Original Course View. This is configured in Administrator Panel > System Configuration.
  • Administrators can optionally configure recommended alternative storage locations that will appear in warning messages when the file limit is surpassed, directing users to more appropriate services the institution licenses, supports, or recommends.
  • In Original courses, users who attempt to upload files that are larger than the specified restriction will receive a warning, indicating the filenames of files that were rejected. When adding multiple files at once, each file is considered individually and accepted or rejected based on their individual sizes.
  • The file size limit isn’t applied when uploading course import or SCORM packages.
  • Blackboard mobile apps have an existing file size limit for both Original and Ultra courses that is set to 250MB. That is unchanged with this release.

In a future release, the configured file size limit will also be applied to Ultra Course View.


Learn SaaS releases 3900.26.0 and 3900.28.0: Update on release to client Production and Test/Stage environments

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.26.0 | Release to Production 4 November 2021
Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.28.0 | Release to Production 2 December 2021

Ultra Experience, Original Experience

Due to a critical issue reported in discussion forums during the latest release, we’re performing an unscheduled update today, Monday 8 November, 2021, to the Blackboard Learn SaaS 3900.26.0 release (full release number 3900.26.0-rel.18+de6a634) to client Production environments in APAC and US Pacific, Mountain, and Central time zones. This update will only apply to production sites which have already been upgraded to 3900.26.0, and won't impact Europe or US Eastern time zones.

The issue addressed in this release is:

  • In the Ultra Course View, when grading discussion boards, the entire discussion thread wasn't appearing. We've fixed the issue.

As a result of the delay completing the full roll-out of 3900.26.0 to production environments, we will postpone the Blackboard Learn SaaS 3900.28.0 release to client Test/Stage servers, previously scheduled for Tuesday, November 9, 2021, to Tuesday, November 16, 2021. This new release date aligns with our usual pattern. 

The release schedule has been updated to reflect this latter change.


Learn SaaS release 3900.21.0: Update to client Production environments

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.21.0 | Release to Production 7 October 2021
Original Experience, Ultra Experience, Original Course View, Ultra Course View

We’re applying an updated version of 3900.21.0 (full release number 3900.21.0-rel.30+4b0740b) to client Production servers on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Updates in this release include:

  • In the Ultra Course View, students couldn't access the feedback when selecting the feedback icon in tests that used Respondus LDB, getting a console error instead. We've fixed the issue.
  • In the Original Course View, LTI Contents of Original course in Ultra base navigation calendar were displaying permission errors when selected, preventing users from opening them. We've fixed the issue.
  • In the Original and Ultra Experiences, during the September 16 Production SaaS update, an issue with the  deployment configuration management tool prevented log folders and log files from being added and displayed in the Content Management /internal/logs  folder. We've fixed the issue.

Learn SaaS release 3900.23.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.23.0 | Release to Production 7 October 2021
Original Experience, Ultra Experience, Original Course View, Ultra Course View

We’re applying an updated version of 3900.23.0 (full release number 3900.23.0-rel.20+390fc02) to client Test/Stage servers on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Updates in this release include internal enhancements and system optimization.


Learn SaaS release 3900.23.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.23.0 | Release to Production 7 October 2021
Original Experience, Ultra Experience, Original Course View, Ultra Course View

We’re applying an updated version of 3900.23.0 (full release number 3900.23.0-rel.19+2fb7fc2) to client Test/Stage servers on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Updates in this release include:

  • In the Ultra Course View, students couldn't access the feedback when selecting the feedback icon in tests that used Respondus LDB, getting a console error instead. We've fixed the issue.
  • In the Original and Ultra Experiences, some client Test/Stage instances experienced outages due to an incorrect query during notification cleanup. We’ve fixed the issue.
  • In the Original Course View, LTI Contents of Original course in Ultra base navigation calendar were displaying permission errors when selected, preventing users from opening them. We've fixed the issue.
  • In the Original and Ultra Course Views, instructors were required to login again to Learn, after they accessed an LTI tool and selected the Return to Learn button. We've fixed the issue.

Learn SaaS release 3900.23.0: Release to client Test/Stage environments

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.23.0 | Release to Production 7 October 2021
Original Experience, Original Course View, Ultra Experience, Ultra Course View

We’re releasing a new Learn version 3900.23.0 (full release number 3900.23.0-rel.7+ad745cb) to client Test/Stage servers on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The details on new features and updates will be published during the course of that day.


Learn SaaS release 3900.21.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.21.0 | Release to Production 2 September 2021
Original Experience, Original Course View, Ultra Experience, Ultra Course View

We’re applying an updated version of 3900.21.0 (full release number 3900.21.0-rel.19+e6e7e83) to client Test/Stage servers on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

Updates on this release include:

  • In the Ultra Course View, the automatic zero functionality wasn't working for some content items with release conditions that were partially visible within a course. It wasn't working for Ultra courses or Original to Ultra converted courses. We've fixed the issue.
  • In the Ultra Experience and Ultra Course View, for course announcements and instructor feedback features, users couldn't use the A/V recording option for Collab in the Rich Text Editor. We've fixed the issue.
  • In the Original and Ultra Course Views, the Wiris math editor was sometimes displaying overlapped formula symbols, due to an improper font family type setting, making it difficult to read. We've fixed the issue and set a default font family, but please be aware that any formulas currently corrupted need to be manually edited.

Learn SaaS release 3900.19.0: Update to client Production environments

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.19.0 | Release to Production 5 August 2021
Ultra Experience, Original Experience

As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3900.19.0 (full release number 3900.19.0-rel.36+070b377) to client Production servers on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Updates in this version include:

  • In the Original Course View, instructors weren't able to create math equations for content within courses on alternate domains, unless it's the default domain at the Blackboard configuration properties. We’ve fixed the issue.

Learn SaaS release 3900.19.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.19.0 | Release to Production 5 August 2021

Original Course View, Original Experience

We’re applying an updated version of 3900.19.0 (full release number 3900.19.0-rel.20+7105532) to client Test/Stage servers on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

Updates in this version include:

  • In the Ultra Course View, users carrying out a proctored assessment on the latest Chrome versions were redirected to login. By updating the authentication method to use a one-time session token rather than cookies, we allowed proctoring partners to continue with their integration projects. We've fixed the issue.
  • In the Original Content Editor, we’ve fixed issues with the height of the editor window and alignment of content in tables. Clients using custom theme packages may need to refresh their theme package from the default Learn 2016 Theme to get these fixes.
  • In the Original Experience, a query associated with the disk usage task was consuming CPU time without completing executions. This was affecting performance, especially for Oracle data base clients. We've fixed the issue.
  • In the Original Course View, a text in a table cell remained left aligned even though a different text alignment was specified using the TinyMCE. We've fixed the issue.
  • In the Original Experience, Assist users could have been impacted by the integration not being visible in the base navigation UI. We've removed previous dependencies to allow displaying Assist through the base navigation, and fixed the issue.

Learn SaaS release 3900.19.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.19.0 | Release to Production 5 August 2021

Ultra Course View, Original Experience

We’re applying an updated version of 3900.19.0 (full release number 3900.19.0-rel.13+02039cd) to client Test/Stage servers on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Updates in this version include:

  • In the Ultra Course View, when making a copy of a course, if quotes were used in custom alt-text descriptions for images, the Ultra assignments and assessments in the course appeared blank. We've fixed the issue.
  • In the Ultra Course View, when using the REST API for courses copied from a specific template course, due dates for assignments and other activities couldn't be updated. We've fixed the issue.
  • In the Original Experience, some SCORM attempts remained In Progress in the Grade Center, even after a successful completion of the corresponding SCORM quiz. We've worked with our partner to fix the issue and mitigate future problems.
  • In the Original Experience, some Learn SafeAssign reports couldn't be rendered.  We've fixed the issue.

Learn SaaS release 3900.17.0: Update to client Production environments

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.17.0 | Release to Production 1 July 2021

Original Experience, Ultra Experience

We’re applying an updated version of 3900.17.0 (full release number 3900.17.0-rel.51+174af62) to client Production servers on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

Updates in this version include:

  • In the Ultra Experience, when making a copy of a course, if there were quotes used in custom alt-text descriptions for images, the Ultra assignments and assessments in the course appeared blank. We've fixed the issue.
  • In the Original Course View, some instructors and administrators couldn't save their HTML in the new Content Editor despite having the privilege to do so. We've fixed the issue.
  • In the Original Experience, some SCORM attempts remained "In Progress" in the Grade Centre, even after a successful completion of the corresponding SCORM quiz. Rustici identified the potential problem causing the issue. We've made their recommended fixes to mitigate future problems.
  • In the Original Experience, some Learn SafeAssign reports could not be rendered. Submissions could remain in a "report in progress" status for days. We've fixed the issue.

Original Course View Tests, Surveys, and Pools: Support for media and files in more places - 3900.19.0

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.19.0 | Release to Production 5 August 2021
Original Course View

In Original Course View Tests, Surveys, and Pools, there are limits for which test question options support file attachments and embedded media. In this release, we’ve expanded the places where files and media can be embedded, allowing instructors and content authors to create more interactive and visual questions. These question types and fields now support attached files and media using the Add Content button in the editor:

  • Calculated formula: Question text
  • Essay: Answer text
  • Matching: Question/Answer pairs
  • Multiple Answer: Answer options
  • Multiple Choice: Answer options
  • Ordering: Answer options
  • Short Answer: Answer text

Note: In release 3900.0.0, we introduced the ability to copy and paste images into these fields. Due to performance concerns, this was removed in 3900.6.0. This enhancement replaces that workflow to once again be able to support not only images, but now also links to files.


Original Content Editor: Format consistency between edit and display - 3900.19.0

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.19.0 | Release to Production 5 August 2021
Original Experience, Original Course View

The Content Editor for Original Experience and Original Course View was last updated in November 2020 (3900.0.0). Since then, there have been inconsistencies in the way content is formatted when editing content and when viewing it.

With this release, settings like font, size, color, and spacing are more consistent. When existing content is selected, the editor tool bar updates to display its current font, size, and header settings. This creates a better WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) experience.

 

The CSS changes associated with these improvements could impact clients using custom theme packages. We recommend testing.

  • CSS in a custom theme package could disrupt the consistency between content edit and display in the Content Editor.
  • Overly-broad CSS changes in a custom theme package could be applied to the Original Content Editor in unexpected ways. These may need to be corrected in a custom theme package and uploaded to Learn. Alternately, fall back to the default Learn 2016 Theme.
  • There may be circumstances in which the Content Editor’s styles are preventing custom CSS from presenting. We are planning an enhancement in an upcoming release to include the opportunity to customize the CSS of the Content Editor within the custom theme package.

Learn SaaS release 3900.17.0: Update to client Production environments

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.17.0 | Release to Production 1 July 2021
Original Experience

We're applying an updated version of 3900.17.0 to client Production servers on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Due to an issue identified during today’s rollout, clients will receive different build numbers depending on the time their update was performed.

    Updates with full release number 3900.17.0-rel.37+505c78f include only:

    • In the Original Experience, the installer was leaving the SCORM B2 in a corrupted state after an upgrade failure. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Experience, the Rustici Engine required a provider update to fix a library defect and installation snags. We've fixed the issue.

    Updates with full release number 3900.17.0-rel.42+b2e6934 include the above fixes as well as:

    • In the Original Experience, we've implemented an enhancement to reduce the need for heavy load and to avoid system slow down for the loadAllAchievements process.
    • In the Original Experience, a table lock issue prevented upgrades, leading to some outages. We've fixed the issue.

    The next full rollout will include all fixes for everyone.

     


    Course Role Mapping to LTI Context Roles

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.17.0 | Release to Production 1 July 2021
    Ultra Experience, Ultra Course View, Original Experience and Original Course View

    Some third-party integrated tools function better when users’ course roles are more specific to the responsibilities they have in their courses. Before, all privileged course users were sent to LTI tools with the context role instructor. Administrators can now edit course roles and choose from a list of LTI Context Roles that may be more appropriate for each.

    Default and custom course roles, Original and Ultra courses, and older LTI 1.1 and newer LTI Advantage/1.3 tools are all supported.

    To prevent possible disruption for current users, the old default role behavior wasn't changed. Administrators may wish to review all course role configurations after this release, and choose LTI context roles. Any given LTI context role mapping is specific to a course role and will apply to all LTI tools.


    Bb Annotate enhancements

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery | Blackboard Learn 9.1
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    As part of the Q1 work on Bb Annotate we released the following fixes to known issues that were affecting our clients:

    • Some users couldn’t delete an annotation note after they reselected it unless they edited the note again. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • The selection of text in the document was not working properly, causing difficulty when highlighting or placing notes into documents. We've fixed the issue.
    • When placing a note or comment into the file there was an additional comment count added to it, which caused confusion and the feeling of an unseen reply. We've fixed the issue.

    The fixes were deployed for Singapore, Polymall, Korea, and Govcloud regions on March 3, 2021. Customers in Sydney, Europe, Canada, and US regions were updated on May 12, 2021.


    Learn SaaS release 3900.13.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.13.0 | Release to Production 6 May 2021
    Original Course View

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3900.13.0 (full release number 3900.13.0-rel.36+ee2113e) to client Production servers on Thursday, May 20, 2021

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, the Last updated time/date stamp in the full grade center view has been removed to improve performance. The upper-right corner of the full Grade Center in an Original Course displayed a time/date stamp indicating the last change by any user. This display caused significant performance issues in courses with large enrollments or when many users graded concurrently, thus it has been removed. If reviewing when changes were made in the Grade Center, you still see this information, including the last update, under Reports > View Grade History.
    • In the Original Course View when base navigation is enabled, when embedding a new Kaltura content item within text, then moving on to the base navigation activity stream and refreshing it, the link would show HTML content and an inactive link instead of providing a proper, readable link to the Kaltura video. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3900.15.0: Update to client Test environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.15.0 | Release to Production 3 June 2021
    Ultra Experience, Original Course View

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3900.15.0 (full release number 3900.15.0-rel.9+82a89d6) to client Test servers on Tuesday, May 18, 2021

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Experiences, an accessibility issue was present in threads within forums as the Thread Reply, Quote, Edit or Delete buttons were inoperative using the keyboard via the tab, space or enter keys. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, the Last updated time/date stamp in the full grade center view has been removed to improve performance. The upper-right corner of the full Grade Center in an Original Course displayed a time/date stamp indicating the last change by any user. This display caused significant performance issues in courses with large enrollments or when many users graded concurrently, thus it has been removed. If reviewing when changes were made in the Grade Center, you still see this information, including the last update, under Reports > View Grade History.
    • In the Original Course View when base navigation is enabled, when embedding a new Kaltura content item within text, then moving on to the base navigation activity stream and refreshing it, the link would show HTML content and an inactive link instead of providing a proper, readable link to the Kaltura video. We've fixed the issue.

    Highlight on bug fixes - 3900.13.0

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.13.0 | Release to Production 6 May 2021
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    The bug fixes in this Learn release include:

    • In the Ultra Course View, when an assignment was created with Anonymous Grading, some daily notifications and digest email received after submissions were made, contained the names of the students who have submitted them. We've fixed the issue.

    • In the Original Course View, in tests, some calculated numeric questions were wrongly marked as correct when the student introduced a combination of numeric values and letters in an answer that should be numerical only. We've fixed the issue and added a further explanation on the Help pages regarding supported types of input for scientific notation, units and constants.

    • In the Original Course View, when recipients were selected for an enterprise survey response period, there was no way to identify or exclude child sections of merged courses, which caused some students to receive two copies of each survey. We've fixed the issue.

    You can view all maintenance items in Behind the Blackboard. Our Known Issue articles provide information for individual bug fixes, and may include bug descriptions and which Learn versions were affected. You can filter bug fixes by SaaS release for easier navigation. View the 3900.10.0 maintenance issues on Behind the Blackboard.


    Learn SaaS release 3900.10.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.10.0 | Release to Production 15 April 2021
    Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.10.0 (full release number 3900.10.0-rel.23+d32af8a) to client Test/Staging environments on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, for some instances, when an authorized user attempted to enroll another user in a given course, even from within the course, they received an error message related to the necessary privileges required to perform the enrollment. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3900.10.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.10.0 | Release to Production 1 April 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.10.0 (full release number 3900.10.0-rel.17+81ba8fd) to client Test/Staging environments on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Ultra and Original Course Views, all course content pages displayed an error if the Blackboard Store B2 was installed and set to be available or unavailable. We've fixed the issue and removed the Blackboard Store B2 (which reached its end of life in 2016) with this upgrade.

    Learn SaaS release 3900.10.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.10.0 | Release to Production 1 April 2021
    Ultra Experience, Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.10.0 (full release number 3900.10.0-rel.11+c24ca4f) to client Test/Staging environments on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Ultra Experience, when questions were imported from an Original unit, some of them got randomly and unnecessarily duplicated in the Ultra Question Banks. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original and Ultra Experiences, the Change Hostname option within the Admin authentication SAML settings returned the user to the Admin Panel page instead of changing the host name. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Experience, when a Calculated Formula question was used in a test, if the answers used the exponential form (E-2, E-4, etc), with significant figures expressing the result, some right answers were marked as wrong, depending of the position of the decimal point. Also, the correct answer format field wasn't verified, students were able to answer a question with an incorrect format and the system would mark it as correct. We've fixed both issues.

    Highlight on bug fixes

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.10.0 | Release to Production 1 April 2021
    Original Course View

    The bug fixes in this Learn release include:

    • In the Original Course View, automatically disable notifications for users with > n enrollments (with a default value for n = 500) has been enabled. Now admins are able to automatically disable the generation of new notifications for users when the user has more than a certain configurable number of enrollments. Note that Institutions that create large enrollment volumes for support staff should use Institutional Hierarchy instead.

    • In the Original Course View, in the responsive Mobile View for the 2016 theme, Instructors, teaching assistants, course builders, graders and facilitators couldn't see the Instructor Gear icon which, in turn, contains the Student Preview and Edit Mode buttons. We've fixed the issue.

    • In the Original Course View, a student could receive a past due notification for an on-time submission sporadically. We've put in place proactive measures to monitor this behavior in order to fix it in a future release.

    You can view all maintenance items in Behind the Blackboard. Our Known Issue articles provide information for individual bug fixes, and may include bug descriptions and which Learn versions were affected. You can filter bug fixes by SaaS release for easier navigation. View the 3900.10.0 maintenance issues on Behind the Blackboard.


    Disable notifications for users with high enrollments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.10.0 | Release to Production 1 April 2021
    Ultra Experience, Original Experience

    In both Original and Ultra Course Views, we've improved the timeliness and performance of notifications for all users (including emails, push notifications, Stream, and MyBlackboard) by no longer generating these notifications for users with more than 500 enrollments.

    A user with this large volume of course enrollments will still have access to all course resources but won’t receive notifications regardless of their settings.

    Typically, users enrolled in so many courses are support staff or instructional designers. We recommend administrators to configure these users to be node administrators instead, with privileges to enroll and unenroll themselves from any course in the appropriate Institutional Hierarchy nodes, and with access to all the courses they may need without enroll them. Enrollment availability or enablement states are not considered for a user to count as to have over 500 enrollment records.


    Embed LTI Content in Original Content Editor

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.10.0 | Release to Production 1 April 2021
    Original Experience, Original Course View

    In the Original Experience and Original Course View, the ability to support access to third-party content within the Content Editor by the use of LTI is an important milestone for institutions, partners, and tool creators who look to transition from Building Block mashups to the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard from IMS Global. Appropriate LTI course tools will appear for instructors, course builders, teaching assistants, and students in the Add Content menu as additional tools alongside Building Block mashup tools. Two methods are supported: either the tool can add a link in the editor, or if the tool designates that the resource should be embedded, it will be inserted into an iframe in the Content Editor and rendered automatically.


    Learn SaaS release 3900.8.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.8.0 | Release to Production 4 March 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Experience and Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.8.0 (full release number 3900.8.0-rel.32+30fa709) to client Test/Staging environments on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Ultra Course View, when an instructor is grading with a rubric a student's submission with a very long description in its content, the instructor needed to scroll down in order to see the submission and scroll up to see the rubric. We made this flow more comfortable, so the instructor can now see the submission and the rubric at the same time.
    • In the Original Course View and the Original Experience, within the Content Editor, a user won't be able to use copy and paste functionalities to transfer images from other sources. The user can include images with the Add Content workflow, as it used to be before version 3900.0. We've made this change to address performance problems that arose with certain large or numerous images. We’ll review whether it's possible to reintroduce this capability in the future.
    • In the Original Course View, when an XSS filter is applied to sanitize the content for different fields present in the plugin modules section, the fields are sanitized for both trusted and untrusted users as well. This behavior only occurred when a course tool was created via importing a package with the Import Package & Utilities  functionality. We fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3900.6.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.6.0 | Released to Production 4 Feb 2021
    Original Experience, Original Course View

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3900.6.0 (full release number 3900.6.0-rel.32+4fc1198) to client Production servers on Thursday, February 25, 2021

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View and the Original Experience, within the Content Editor, a user won't be able to use copy and paste functionalities to transfer images from other sources. The user can include images with the Add Content  workflow, as it used to be before version 3900.0. We've made this change to address performance problems that arose with certain large or numerous images. We’ll review whether it's possible to reintroduce this capability in the future.

    Learn SaaS release 3900.8.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.8.0 | Release to Production 4 March 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.8.0 (full release number 3900.8.0-rel.28+7eb0c69) to client Test/Staging environments on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Ultra Course View, in Assignments, Assessments and Journals, when a student inserted a math formula image it was replaced with a broken image and ALT text and the instructor couldn't see it properly in order to grade the submission. We fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, when copied from an Original course, incompatible discussion board availability settings were retained, blocking access to current students. We fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, when feedback was about to be recorded for an Assignment using Chrome, a misleading error message appeared instead of the expected recording controls and prevented the user to continue. We fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, students were unable to view iframe content in the Notes area for Contacts, Tasks and Glossary posted by their instructor including YouTube and Kaltura uploaded content. We fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3900.6.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.6.0 | Release to Production 4 February 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    The scheduled Production release of 3900.6.0 (full release number 3900.6.0-rel.27+4fc382c) during off-hours on Thursday, February 18, 2021 includes this additional update.

    • In the Original Course View, students were unable to view iframe content in the Notes area for Contacts, Tasks and Glossary posted by their instructor including YouTube and Kaltura uploaded content. We fixed the issue.


    Learn SaaS release 3900.8.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.8.0 | Release to Production 4 March 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3900.8.0 (full release number 3900.8.0-rel.19+5f99a51) to client Test/Stage servers on Friday, February 12, 2021

    Updates in this version include:

    • Some Test/Stage environments encountered a deadlock during startup and couldn’t be upgraded. We’ve reverted the changes made while we gather the required diagnostic information to implement a permanent solution.
    • In the Ultra and Original Course Views, in Mobile, course messages had duplicated content in their push notifications and appeared encoded and unreadable to users. We’ve reverted the changes made while we verify a permanent solution.
    • In the Ultra Course View, in Mobile, course messages' push notifications were sent to sender users. We’ve fixed the issue (updated).
    • In the Original Course View, the Goal Performance Dashboard was failing on SaaS Servers for certain reports. We've fixed the issue.

    Highlight on bug fixes

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.8.0 | Release to Production 4 March 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    The bug fixes in this Learn release include:

    • In the Ultra Course View, when a user created a TurnItIn assignment using the LTI 1.3 integration and clicked to access the LTI content on the Activity Stream, the peak panel was displayed empty. We've fixed the issue.

    • In the Original Course View, after a refractor process from SOAP to REST when grades were called from the Grade Centre, the REST public API was considerably slower. We managed to improve the response time and fixed the issue.

    • In the Original Course View, where a calculated formula rounding was required, the number 5 was rounded down rather than rounded up for some values. We've fixed the issue.

    • In the Original Course View, after a performance improvement for the Blog View response times was made in the 3900.0 release, the workflow for grading non-participants was affected. When an instructor wanted to find non-participant users to grade them with zero, students were not visible in the blog or journal. We've reversed the related improvement changes until we find a permanent solution.

    You can view all maintenance items in Behind the Blackboard. Our Known Issue articles provide information for individual bug fixes, and may include bug descriptions and which Learn versions were affected. You can filter bug fixes by SaaS release for easier navigation. View the 3900.8.0 maintenance issues on Behind the Blackboard.


    Annotate information message

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery | Blackboard Learn 9.1
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    In the Original and Ultra Course Views, formatting space differences may be visible between the original uploaded document and the one rendered online for .docx, .doc, .ppt, and .pptx files. We've added an on-screen information message to let users know about this. The message appears anywhere where Bb Annotate is enabled, including the Mobile View. Instructors and students are able to download the original file as usual.


    Learn SaaS release 3900.6.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.6.0 | Release to Production 4 February 2021
    Original Course View

    The scheduled Production release of 3900.6.0 (full release number 3900.6.0-rel.16+e5c4a95) during off-hours on Thursday, February 4, 2021 includes one additional update.

    • In the Original Course View, when an instructor added content to a discussion (forum) thread that contained an iframe, the student couldn't see the content within the iframe. We fixed the issue.


    Learn SaaS release 3900.6.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.6.0 | Release to Production 4 February 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.6.0 (full release number 3900.6.0-rel.12+0cc66df) to client Test/Staging environments on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Ultra Course View, instructors were unable to access the rubrics for anonymous assessments. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, when LTI 1.3 profiles were automatically enabled, a default course tool was created for use in LTI Advantage services that could appear without the administrator's approval. We've made a quick fix to avoid this appearance in the course tools area. In a future release, a profile change will drive this fix.
    • In the Original Course View, enterprise surveys with open questions followed by a page break displayed an error when a user tried to move to the next page, and the survey couldn’t be completed. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3900.4.0: Addition to client Production release

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.4.0 | Release to Production 7 January 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.4.0 (full release number 3900.4.0-rel.23+718491f) to client Production on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, a recent fix to the Grade Center scrolling behavior caused problems loading custom color palettes. We’ve reverted the Grade Center scrolling behavior until both issues are resolved.
    • For sites on Ultra base navigation, when a user opened the Student Activity page in an Original Course View course, the course disappeared and the user returned to the Ultra base navigation page. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, when LTI 1.3 profiles were automatically enabled, a default course tool was created for use in LTI Advantage services that could appear without the administrator's approval. We've made a quick fix to avoid this appearance in the course tools area. In a future release, a profile change will drive this fix.

    Course archive quarantine

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.6.0 | Release to Production 4 February 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We’ve improved the performance of the course archives process when an archive fails due to specific, particular circumstances. 

    After three unsuccessful archive attempts, the course will be quarantined for evaluation. Administrators will receive an email notification that a course has been quarantined. Once the email notification is received, the administrator can check the quarantined courses list and reach out to Blackboard Support for further assistance, similar to the process for an export course issue. 

    • A notification will be sent to the administrator every time a new course enters quarantine.
    • The functionality is enabled by default. To disable it, the system administrator should contact Blackboard Support.

    Highlight on bug fixes

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.6.0 | Release to Production 4 February 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    The bug fixes in this Learn release include:

    • Adaptive Release and Test Exceptions: The text under Test Availability Exceptions and Review Status sections related to organizations and courses is now showing as expected.

    • The Group Assignment Submission page was confusing to students: Whenever the first student from a group clicked on the assignment, he/she arrived to a submission page with an option to submit the assignment. If this student navigated away from this page without selecting Cancel, then all group members that log in afterward would see a page with previous submission information (i.e. a "review submission history" page) that suggested there was an ungraded attempt already submitted. The student then had the option to continue.
      Now, the system still shows the Upload Assignment page since no attempt was ever actually submitted.

    You can view all maintenance items in Behind the Blackboard. Our Known Issue articles provide information for individual bug fixes, and may include bug descriptions and which Learn versions were affected. You can filter bug fixes by SaaS release for easier navigation. View the 3900.6.0 maintenance issues on Behind the Blackboard.


    Learn SaaS release 3900.4.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.4.0 | Release to Production 7 January 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.4.0 (full release number 3900.4.0-rel.17+f210f75) to client Test/Staging environments on Tuesday, December 29, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Ultra Course View, the course groups tool wasn't visible if an institution had a large number of tools installed. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, the rich text editor didn't display an HTML preview after a media link was pasted. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3900.4.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.4.0 | Release to Production 7 January 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.4.0 (full release number 3900.4.0-rel.14+d8ea606) to client Test/Staging environments on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Ultra Course View, the minimal rich text editor displayed some incorrect icons and tooltips and some unnecessary buttons. We've fixed the issues.
    • In the Original Course View, the content editor removed link tags and URLs with Javascript in image and anchor tags whether or not the user had the Add/Modify Trusted Content permission. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, when an alternate domain is enabled, allowing guest access to course files could deny signed-in users the ability to access the files. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • We've added a page to the Admin Panel to allow the ability to enable an alternate domain for serving content files, and specify the host name for the alternate domain. You’ll find the Alternate Domain for Serving Content page in the Security section of the Admin Panel.

    Learn SaaS release 3900.2.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.2.0 | Release to Production 3 December 2020
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.2.0 (full release number 3900.2.0-rel.34+4ad580a) to client Production environments on Thursday, December 17, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Ultra Course View, the Question Analysis report for tests presented incorrect results at some institutions. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, some students didn’t have permission to access a group assignment. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, the Link to Wiki page option was missing from the new Content Editor experience. You can now find it under the Add content dialog. Learn more about linking to other wiki pages.

    Learn SaaS release 3900.4.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.4.0 | Release to Production 7 January 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.4.0 (full release number 3900.4.0-rel.10+9fc85c4) to client Test/Staging environments on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • If HTML content written by instructors or administrators referenced hosted content served from an alternate domain, the iframe didn’t load properly. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, the Question Analysis report for tests presented incorrect results at some institutions. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, some students didn’t have permission to access a group assignment. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, the Link to Wiki page option was missing from the new Content Editor experience. You can now find it under the Add content dialog. Learn more about linking to other wiki pages.

    Learn SaaS release 3900.2.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.2.0 | Release to Production 3 December 2020
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.2.0 (full release number 3900.2.0-rel.31+0a50fe3) to client Production environments on Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • If HTML content written by instructors or administrators referenced hosted content served from an alternate domain, the iframe didn’t load properly. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, test questions linked from a question pool had a difficulty score of 0% regardless of how students answered. We’ve fixed the issue.

    Fixed issues

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.4.0 | Release to Production 7 January 2021
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    The bug fixes in this Learn release include:

    • In the Ultra Course View, the Post Now button for Announcements didn't disable after its first selection while the work processed in courses with large numbers of students. This meant instructors could select the button, post the announcement, and email students multiple times. Now, the Post Now button will disable on first selection.

    • In the Original Course View, when a Grade Center column had a long title and required multi-line wrapping, the window size changed depending on whether the column with the long title was visible. This made it difficult to scroll, because the horizontal scroll bar changed position with the size of the window. Now, the window size remains consistent.

      If particularly long item names make the header larger than you’d like, shortened alternative names can be added just for displaying in the Grade Center. In the Grade Center, select a column and in the menu, choose Edit Column Information and set a shorter title for Grade Center Name.

    • In the Original Course View, when a user added an image in the content editor, the text after the image was forced to the next line. We've fixed the issue.

    You can view all maintenance items in Behind the Blackboard. Our Known Issue articles provide information for individual bug fixes, and may include bug descriptions and which Learn versions were affected. You can filter bug fixes by SaaS release for easier navigation. View the 3900.4.0 maintenance issues on Behind the Blackboard.


    Learn SaaS release 3900.2.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.2.0 | Release to Production 3 December 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Experience, Original Experience

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.2.0 (full release number 3900.2.0-rel.25+e0228f9) to client test/stage servers on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, when an instructor edited response feedback to a test question, the content editor loaded after a 2-second delay. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • When an institution had the same entityID configured in their IDP and SP metadata, SAML authentication failed and users couldn’t log in. We’ve fixed the issue.


    Annotate comment enhancement

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery | Blackboard Learn 9.1
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    Now, instructors can create multiple comments in Bb Annotate without needing to select the comment tool for every comment they add.

    The comment tool will get de-selected if an instructor scrolls through the document, but once they fit the document to the screen, the comment tool will stay selected.


    Bb Annotate enhancements

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery | Blackboard Learn 9.1
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    Starting on Tuesday, November 24th, PDF files will be flattened for the BbAnnotate preview when uploaded for an assignment. On PDFs, text comment annotations made prior to submission will appear as yellow boxes in the document and will not be movable or collapsible. Drawings, pictures, shapes, and other annotations that are not comments will appear normally and also won't be movable after flattening.

    When the file is flattened, students can also see their drawable annotations made with iPad or Microsoft Surface pens on PDF preview before the professor grades it. Currently students cannot see annotations until after professor grades it, which can cause confusion about whether the file appears correctly.

    This enhancement is an additional security layer in BbAnnotate to prevent forgeable re-submissions of professor annotations. It also resolves an issue where iPad annotations (APStreams) weren’t appearing on annotated PDFs.

    This change only affects PDFs submitted in the future. Previously uploaded files (including files with iPad annotations) will render as they have been.


    Learn SaaS release 3900.0.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.0.0 | Release to Production 5 November 2020
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View, Ultra Experience, Original Experience

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.0.0 (full release number 3900.0.0-rel.57+59c5f28) to client Production servers during off-hours on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • When an instructor copied a journal from one Ultra course to another, all journals from the first course were copied to the second. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • In the Ultra Course View, some Collaborate sessions didn’t appear in the Join Session overflow menu. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • In the Original Course View, response feedback for the Grade Questions feature of the Grade Center was missing the new content editor, and text entered into the box there wouldn’t save. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • Unannotated Box documents wouldn’t load in Bb Annotate. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • The download button for the Insight Report (Beta) for administrators wouldn’t respond or create a CSV. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • When restoring a merged course from an archive, Learn only restored the parent course and not its child course(s). We’ve fixed the issue.

    • When a Redis connection failed, Learn didn't attempt to reconnect, so users had to manually retry their task. We’ve fixed the issue.


    Learn SaaS release 3900.2.0: Update to client Test/Staging environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.2.0 | Release to Production 3 December 2020
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View, Ultra Experience, Original Experience

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.2.0 (full release number 3900.2.0-rel.11+071cf8e) to client Test/Stage servers during off-hours on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • When an instructor copied a journal from one Ultra course to another, all journals from the first course were copied to the second. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • In the Ultra Course View, some Collaborate sessions didn’t appear in the Join Session overflow menu. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • In the Original Course View, response feedback for the Grade Questions feature of the Grade Center was missing the new content editor, and text entered into the box there wouldn’t save. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • Unannotated Box documents wouldn’t load in Blackboard Annotate. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • Ally wouldn’t work in Learn when alternative domains were enabled. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • When a Redis connection failed, Learn didn't attempt to reconnect, so users had to manually retry their task. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • Final automatic archive files created after a course was deleted didn’t include enrolled user data. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • After an upgrade, some institutions had to manually uninstall and reinstall their Authentication Provider SAML building block because of a Postgres installation problem. We’ve fixed the issue.


    Learn SaaS release 3900.0.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.0.0 | Release to Production 5 November 2020
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View, Ultra Experience, Original Experience

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.0.0 (full release number 3900.0.0-rel.46+e0d1a9b) to client Production servers during off-hours on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • When an instructor copied a journal from one Ultra course to another, all journals from the first course were copied to the second. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • Unannotated Box documents wouldn’t load in Bb Annotate. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • SAML logins intermittently failed on one app server at a time for a small number of institutions. We’ve fixed the issue.


    Learn SaaS release 3900.0.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.0.0 | Release to Production 5 November 2020
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.0.0 (full release number 3900.0.0-rel.42+47a7c9a) to client Test/Stage servers during off-hours on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • When D2L course content was imported into an Ultra course, document heading formatting was lost. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • Some Ultra tests that use Respondus LockDown Browser added extra time permitted to the test time limit automatically, instead of presenting as two different time totals. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • If an Ultra test had a set time limit and then was set to require Respondus LockDown Browser, the time limit was removed. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • When Ultra discussion boards were copied from a different course and Include only the forums, with no starter posts was selected, members of the destination course could only see the discussion name and couldn’t edit or reply to the discussion. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • When an Original course was converted to Ultra Course View, unlinked journals were retained and slowed course content copying. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • In the Original Course View, if the Content Collection Availability was set to “No,” administrators couldn’t browse the Content Collection to restore a course from automatic archives. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • Institutions that use the Redis Cache Building Block couldn’t connect to the Redis service during high traffic periods. We’ve fixed the issue.


    Blackboard Chatbot for Learn

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.0.0 | Release to Production 5 November 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    We’re excited to announce the first availability of Blackboard Chatbot in Learn. Blackboard Chatbot is a free tool offered in Blackboard Learn that will be automatically available to SaaS higher education clients in North America who have enabled the Ultra Base Navigation. It launches beginning on November 5, with the 3900.0.0 Learn SaaS production release. Some institutions may not see Chatbot in Learn until November 6.

    Seamlessly integrated into Ultra Base Navigation and Ultra courses, Blackboard Chatbot provides always-on support. It returns answers to students' commonly asked Learn questions and issues directly from Blackboard Help. For this initial release, Blackboard Chatbot is available only in English.

    To access Blackboard Chatbot, select the help icon in the bottom right. Then select Chat Support to open the Chatbot panel. Students can ask Blackboard Chatbot their questions or select from a pre-populated list. Chatbot uses machine learning to better serve your learners over time.

    Blackboard Chatbot will be on by default, but administrators can manage its availability.

    For more details about Blackboard Chatbot for Learn, visit the Community site


    Learn SaaS release 3900.0.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.0.0 | Release to Production 5 November 2020
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3900.0.0 (full release number 3900.0.0-rel.28+4af3c58) to client Test/Stage servers during off-hours on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • Based on user feedback, we’ve removed the blue background from course-related icons in the large icon update for Ultra Course View and base navigation.

    • In the Original Course View, some students could access private journal entries written by other students. Also, additional students couldn't post after the first student responded to the journal prompt. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • When Learn SaaS environments were updated, Original course and organization menus reverted to the default and customizations had to be reapplied. We’ve fixed the issue.


    Content editor updates

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.0.0 | Release to Production 5 November 2020
    Original Course View, Original Experience

    This release introduces big updates to the content editor in the Original Course View and the Original experience. We’ve made numerous simplifications and improvements, including:

    • A single menu to add content that automatically recognizes file types

    • Optimized experience for all devices and screen sizes

    • Better accessibility for both the editor and the content you create. Menus and icons have higher contrast, pop-ups are gone, and an accessibility checker lets you know about accessibility issues as you write

    • The ability to paste content from Word, Excel, and websites with basic formatting and easily remove extra HTML

    • The ability to paste a link in the editor and automatically embed videos and previews

    • The ability to display formatted computer code snippets

    Institutions using custom language packs created for older versions of Learn have found they may need to update their language packs for the editor to work properly.

    More on the Original content editor for students 

    Visit the Community site for more details and guides you can use to share the changes at your institution


    Blog performance

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.0.0 | Release to Production 5 November 2020
    Original Course View

    In very large classes, performance is one of our top concerns. We’ve received feedback that including all students in the blog and journal view filter created slow loading times. To improve this performance, we’ve changed the view filter to display only those course members who have completed participation in the blog or journal activity. Non-participants are not displayed. For graded blogs or journals, instructors can display non-participants in the Grade Center.


    Learn SaaS release 3800.19.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.19.0 | Release to Production 1 October 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View, Original Experience, Ultra Experience

    We’re applying an updated version of 3800.19.0 (full release number 3800.19.0-rel.42+e227a86) to client Production servers during off-hours on Thursday, October 8, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • Emailed course announcements in both the Original and Ultra Course Views now include both the course name and the title of the announcement in the email subject.

    • The calculated grade snapshot information didn't update correctly in courses that use the Telemetry B2. We've fixed the issue.

    • Learn environments ran out of memory when archiving courses with large volumes of activity accumulator records. We've fixed the issue.

    • In the Ultra Course View, students couldn’t navigate to the next course content item from a discussion board post if conditional availability was set. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • In the Ultra Course View, users who had system permission to create materials but were not enrolled in a course couldn’t add permanent files to a course. We’ve fixed the issue.


    Learn SaaS release 3800.19.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.19.0 | Release to Production 1 October 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View, Original Experience, Ultra Experience

    We’re applying an updated version of 3800.19.0 (full release number 3800.19.0-rel.32+99f4ccd) to client Test/Stage servers during off-hours on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • We’ve added unique login counts for the previous 30, 90, and 180 days to the Learn Insight Report.
    • In the Ultra Course View, some replies weren’t visible in discussions. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, some users’ discussion response and reply counts didn’t appear correctly. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, some users’ profiles and activity in discussions appeared as though the users were unavailable. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, discussion forum links that were broken during a course copy couldn’t be removed from the new course. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • When an instructor reverted a course back to the Original Course View from Ultra Course Preview, a lost association with the course data source key caused problems with SIS integration. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Some users at institutions that use SSO with the SAML Building Block had trouble logging in to their Learn environments. We’ve fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.17.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.17.0 | Release to Production 3 September 2020
    Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3800.17.0 (full release number 3800.17.0-rel.27+f09831f) to client Production servers during off-hours on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, emailed announcements didn't include the announcement title in the subject line. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, students received an incorrect password error when a test used a password with certain character patterns. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.19.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.19.0 | Release to Production 1 October 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3800.19.0 (full release number 3800.19.0-rel.24+879e1a1) to client Test/Stage servers during off-hours on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, emailed announcements didn't include the announcement title in the subject line. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, students received an incorrect password error when a test used a password with certain character patterns. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View with Ally enabled, administrators couldn’t remove replaced files included in a course copy from the new course’s content collection. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, students couldn't view a course document after visiting an LTI link in a learning module that uses sequential availability. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, students couldn’t view a test submission when SafeAssign was enabled and Respondus LockDown browser was required. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Instructors couldn’t add LTI deep linked content to their courses if SameSite cookie support was enabled in their browser. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Instructors couldn’t access the users enrolled in their course through third-party applications that use the course membership REST API. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • At some institutions that use SIS integrations for notifications, a small number of user accounts were locked when notification traffic was heavy. We’ve fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.17.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.17.0 | Release to Production 3 September 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3800.17.0 (full release number 3800.17.0-rel.23+292bc5b) to client Production servers during off-hours on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Ultra Course View, students couldn't view a course document after visiting an LTI link in a learning module that uses sequential availability. We've fixed the issue.
    • Instructors couldn’t access the users enrolled in their course through third-party applications that use the course membership REST API. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, students couldn’t view a test submission when SafeAssign was enabled and Respondus LockDown browser was required. We’ve fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.17.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.17.0 | Release to Production 3 September 2020
    Original Course View

    We’re applying an updated version of 3800.17.0 (full release number 3800.17.0-rel.21+0b17a13) to client Production servers during off-hours on Thursday, September 10, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, some instructors intermittently encountered an undefined error in the Grade Center. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.17.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.17.0 | Release to Production 3 September 2020
    Original Course View, Original Experience, Ultra Experience

    We’re applying an updated version of 3800.17.0 (full release number 3800.17.0-rel.17+ca99c4d) to client Test/Stage servers during off-hours on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • For some administrators, the Insight Report (Beta) displayed 0 for Auto-Archived Courses and Organizations and Days of logs available instead of the correct count. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, when an instructor quoted a post with embedded files, students couldn't access the files from the instructor's reply.  We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Some environments encountered short periods of downtime after RDS maintenance. We've fixed the issue. 

    Send course announcement by email

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.17.0 | Release to Production 3 September 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    To be sure Ultra course announcements reach as many students as possible, we've added the ability to send course announcements by email. Emails about Ultra announcements are always sent and aren't controlled by the global notification settings. Instructors also receive a copy as the email is sent to all course members. In the email, embedded content appears as links. Students can select the links to view the content.

    You can't send an email for an announcement that you schedule for a future date.

    We also reformatted the subject line for announcement emails in the Original Course View. Now, they’re consistent with the Ultra Course View.

    More on the instructor workflow


    Learn SaaS release 3800.15.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.15.0 | Release to Production 6 August 2020
    Original Course View

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.15.0 (full release number 3800.15.0-rel.22+7825384) to client Test/Stage servers during off-hours on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, instructors couldn't access created tests. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.13.0: Update to client Test/Stage environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.13.0 | Release to Production 2 July 2020
    Original Course View, Original Experience, Ultra Experience

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.13.0 (full release number 3800.13.0-rel.17+e9dcbb4) to client Test/Stage servers during off-hours on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Ultra Experience, users couldn't access the date picker to edit a date. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, some grades entered as letters were incorrectly changed to the next highest letter grade. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Experience, the exported Outcomes Assessment report had some incorrect column headers and was missing data. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Experience, some students couldn’t access enterprise surveys. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • We enhanced logging for the SAML B2.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.11.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.11.0 | Release to Production 4 June 2020
    Original Course View, Original Experience

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.11.0 (full release number 3800.11.0-rel.34+e7b8bbb) to client Production servers during off-hours on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, when a Learn instance used custom brands or themes based on the 2012 theme, users couldn't see links under the Course Control Panel. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, some grades entered as letters were incorrectly changed to the next highest letter grade. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Experience, the exported Outcomes Assessment report had some incorrect column headers and was missing data. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.13.0: Update to client Test/Staging environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.13.0 | Release to Production 2 July 2020
    Original Course View

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.13.0 (full release number 3800.13.0-rel.11+32b12c7) to client Test/Stage servers during off-hours on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, the Grade Center didn't load for users who use the Spanish language pack with a Chilean grading schema. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, when a Learn instance used custom brands or themes based on the 2012 theme, users couldn't see links under the Course Control Panel. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.11.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.11.0 | Release to Production 4 June 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.11.0 (full release number 3800.11.0-rel.26+6de5309) to client Production servers during off-hours on Thursday, June 11, 2020. 

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, the Grade Center didn't load for users who use the Spanish language pack with a Chilean grading schema. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, recurring Collaborate Ultra sessions didn't appear under Join Session in the Details & Actions section after the first session. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.11.0: Update to client Test/Staging environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.11.0 | Release to Production 4 June 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View, Original Experience, Ultra Experience

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.11.0 (full release number 3800.11.0-rel.23+7619f1a) to client Test/Stage servers during off-hours on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. 

    Updates in this version include:

    • Files attached to discussion threads replaced existing discussion files when copied into existing courses. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, when an instructor created a test from a question set, they couldn't add more than one question. We've fixed the issue.
    • Some administrators saw large numbers of assignment submission exceptions in their logs. We’ve added log information to help determine the sources of those exceptions.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.11.0: Update to client Test/Staging environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.11.0 | Release to Production 4 June 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View, Original Experience, Ultra Experience

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.11.0 (full release number 3800.11.0-rel.13+dc44ed6) to client Test/Stage servers during off-hours on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. 

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Ultra Course View, students with special characters in their name couldn't launch a test in Respondus LockDown Browser. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, instructors couldn't enter maximum points for a graded discussion thread. We've fixed the issue.
    • Some administrators still saw "New Box View" as their building block title after Bb Annotate was turned on. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.9.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.9.0 | Release to Production 7 May 2020
    Original Course View

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.9.0 (full release number 3800.9.0-rel.25+4afe1a1) to some client Production servers during off-hours beginning Tuesday, May 19, 2020. This update will be applied to clients in the following regions or time zones:

    • US Central
    • US Mountain
    • US Pacific
    • Asia and Oceania

    Clients in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and the US Eastern time zone have already received this updated version.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, instructors couldn't view a survey's Attempts Statistics from the Grade Center. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.9.0: Update to client Test/Staging environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.9.0 | Release to Production 7 May 2020
    Original Course View, Original Experience, Ultra Experience

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.9.0 (full release number 3800.9.0-rel.24+a58123a) to client Test/Staging servers during off-hours on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • We changed the title of a basic usage report for Learn administrators. It's now called Insight Report (Beta)Learn more about where to find the report and how to read it.
    • In the Original Course View, some tests got stuck in "In Progress" status, so instructors couldn't end attempts or grade them. We've fixed the issue.
    • Some Learn instances didn't receive grade events information from Caliper. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Custom SafeHTML filters reverted to the default policy with certain SaaS upgrades. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.9.0: Update to client Test/Staging environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.9.0 | Release to Production 7 May 2020
    Original Course View, Original Experience, Ultra Experience

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.9.0 (full release number 3800.9.0-rel.13+116516d) to client Test/Staging servers during off-hours on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • A basic usage report for Learn administrators on system usage and storage. Learn more about where to find the report and how to read it.
    • Improved dynamic flow control for better system resiliency and efficient database queries.
    • In the Original Course View, the Overall Summary of User Activity report only listed the Guest user in the Access/Date graphic. We've fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, course content that used adaptive release with groups created an unwanted membership criterion that blocked student access to the content. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.6.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.6.0 | Release to Production 2 April 2020
    Original Course View

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.6.0 (full release number 3800.6.0-rel.18+ade3869) to client Production servers during off-hours on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, when grades were transferred with the Grade Journey B2, some grade columns were hidden from instructors in the Grade Center. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.6.0: Update to client Test/Staging environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.6.0 | Release to Production 2 April 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.6.0 (full release number 3800.6.0-rel.13+fa0f5ed) to client Test/Staging servers during off-hours on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Ultra Course View, some students couldn’t see the group they were assigned to after they were randomly enrolled. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, if a course had a large number of enrolled students, instructors couldn't access the Grades and Participation view. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Original Course View, students couldn’t view completed assignment rubrics if their assignment was graded using delegated grading. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Some instructors couldn’t create math equation assessment questions using the math editor. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Students who accessed Blackboard with Google Chrome couldn’t view a full PDF in their course. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Some private APIs required permissions that didn’t work correctly with Java 11. We’ve fixed the issue.

    Auto-archive on course deletion

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.6.0 | Release to Production 2 April 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    With this release, a complete archive package will now be created automatically when a course is deleted. The archive package is stored in the course's autoArchive folder like other automatic archives, but the filename is different:Course_ID_Course_PKID_Course_Title_currentTime_in_milliseconds_bb_permanent.zip. Once a course is archived and deleted, course resources will be automatically purged and won't be in the recycle bin so that disk space isn’t used by a deleted course.

    Learn more on course deletion

    Learn more on automatic archives


    New LTI Preview User role

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.6.0 | Release to Production 2 April 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    Third-party integrated tools in a course using the LTI Advantage standard from IMS Global can now distinguish between student and student preview users. This allows integrated tools to choose if they want to handle instructors navigating the course as student preview users differently than standard student users. Per the LTI specification, the user is indicated as the type, “test user.” As an example, the Turnitin LTI Advantage integration uses this to filter student preview users from the student list in Turnitin.


    Learn SaaS release 3800.4.0: Addition to client Production release

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.4.0 | Release to Production 5 March 2020
    Original Course View

    As part of our commitment to release quality, the scheduled Production release of 3800.4.0 (full release number 3800.4.0-rel.40+d78544e) during off-hours on Thursday, March 5, 2020 will include an additional update.

    • Some instructors couldn't import content using the Cengage Mindlinks B2. We've fixed the issue.


    Learn SaaS release 3800.4.0: Update to client Test/Staging environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.4.0 | Release to Production 5 March 2020
    Original Course View, Original Experience

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.4.0 (full release number 3800.4.0-rel.32+1b0447c) to client Test/Staging servers during off-hours on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • When an Original Course used two percentage range rubrics, the second rubric didn’t always have the correct total number of points. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • If a user changed their password through their SIS using encryption methods other than SSHA, they could be kicked out of their session after logging back in. We’ve fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.4.0: Update to client Test/Staging environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.4.0 | Release to Production 5 March 2020
    Original Course View, Original Experience, Ultra Experience

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.4.0 (full release number 3800.4.0-rel.26+312e74d) to client Test/Staging servers during off-hours on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • Some integrations using LTI 1.3 deep link couldn't launch a needed resource link. We've fixed the issue.
    • Column headers in the Ultra grade center were duplicated after an administrator customized the colors in their institutional brand. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Some users couldn't see their avatar thumbnails in the users and groups section of the Original Course View. We've fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.4.0: Update to client Test/Staging environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.4.0 | Release to Production 5 March 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View, Original Experience, Ultra Experience

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.4.0 (full release number 3800.4.0-rel.20+6b6dbf5) to client Test/Staging servers during off-hours on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Ultra Course View, instructors were informed that their institution had made messages read-only for students in English instead of their selected language. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Some administrators saw a both successful and a failed login for each sign-in attempt in their authentication logs. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Some administrators encountered LDAP authentication problems because the TLS connection failed. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Issues with file uploads and downloads in the Ultra Course View:
      • Some users saw the upload icon buffering even though they could upload and download files. We’ve fixed the issue.
      • Some students couldn’t download files they added to essay questions. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Issue with grading in the Ultra Course View:
      • Some student submissions reordered randomly while an instructor was grading. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Issues with file uploads and downloads in the Original Course View:
      • Some users couldn’t upload files with % in the filename. We’ve fixed the issue.
      • Some users couldn’t download files attached to submissions that use Box view. We’ve fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3800.2.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.2.0 | Release to Production February 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View, Original Experience

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.2.0 (full release number 3800.2.0-rel.24+29cd420) to client Production servers during off-hours on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Experience, the last login date wasn’t updating accurately for users with cloud profiles. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, some users couldn’t see images they added to the text editor until their content was posted or submitted. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Issues with file uploads and downloads in the Ultra Course View:
      • Some users saw the upload icon buffering even though they could upload and download files. We’ve fixed the issue.
      • Some users couldn’t download files they had previously uploaded if the filename contained a special character. We’ve fixed the issue.
      • Some students couldn’t download files they added to essay questions. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Issues with grading in the Ultra Course View:
      • Some student submissions reordered randomly while an instructor was grading. We’ve fixed the issue.
      • Some instructors encountered a blank screen after entering a grade for a student assignment that had multiple attempts. We’ve fixed the issue.
      • Some instructors didn’t see entered grades in the gradebook until they refreshed the page. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Issues with file uploads and downloads in the Original Course View:
      • Some users couldn’t upload files with % in the filename. We’ve fixed the issue.
      • Some users couldn’t download files attached to submissions that use Box view. We’ve fixed the issue.

    Course ID displays with Course Name

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.4.0 | Release to Production 5 March 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View, Ultra Experience

    In this release, a Course ID now appears with the Course Name in key areas when Ultra base navigation is enabled. Now, users can find their Course IDs on the Courses page of base navigation, in the Calendar, and when copying course content.


    Make Messages Read-only for Students

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.4.0 | Release to Production 5 March 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    With this release, administrators can choose whether students are able to create and reply to messages in both Original and Ultra courses. Now Learn Course Messages can better adjust to institutions' different communication preferences and policies. To find this setting, go to Admin Panel > Tools and Utilities > Course Messages.

    When you select this option, students also can't forward messages.

    More on course messages options


    Right-to-left language support for Original Courses and Organizations

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.4.0 | Release to Production 5 March 2020
    Original Course View

    In this release, we've added right-to-left language support in Courses and Organizations using the Original Course View with Ultra base navigation. This feature has been highly requested by users in the Middle East. Future enhancements will bring right-to-left language support to Ultra.


    Learn SaaS release 3800.2.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.2.0 | Release to Production February 2020
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View, Original Experience, Ultra Experience

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3800.2.0 (full release number 3800.2.0-rel.20+2226729) to some client Production servers during off-hours beginning Thursday, February 6, 2020. This update will be applied to clients in the following regions or time zones:

    • Americas Central
    • Americas Mountain
    • Americas Pacific
    • Asia and Oceania
    • Europe, Middle East, and Africa

    Updates in this version include:

    • In the Original Course View, users couldn’t access pre-existing course glossaries. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, some users couldn't view inline or download files attached to essay questions if the file names had certain special characters. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • In the Ultra Course View, some users couldn’t view inline or download files with New Box View. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Some assignments submitted through SafeAssign got stuck in In Progress status and the submission didn’t complete. We’ve fixed the issue.
    • Users accessing Learn with the Google Chrome 80 beta release had trouble with SAML login authentication. We’ve fixed the issue.

    Learn SaaS release 3700.16.0: Update to client Production environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3700.16.0 | Release to Production 5 December 2019
    Original Course View, Original Experience

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3700.16.0 (full release number 3700.16.0-rel.52+5c69d6d) to client Production servers during off-hours on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

    Updates in this version include:

    • Some administrators couldn’t export the student goal performance report from the Administrator panel. We’ve fixed the issue.

    • In the Original Course View, some instructors encountered error messages when they created calculated questions that use predefined calculus functions. We’ve fixed the issue.


    Additional updates in the user interface

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.0.0 | Release to Production February 2020
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option Q4 2019
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View, Ultra Experience

    • Links to Blackboard’s Privacy statement and Terms of Use now appear at the bottom of the global navigation bar in the Ultra Experience.
    • Previously, disabled students were included in the Participants list for a discussion in the Ultra Course View. This was confusing for instructors since these students don't display in assessment submission lists or in the gradebook. This update removes disabled students from the Participants list in discussions, so this view is now consistent with assessments and the gradebook.
    • With this release, Blackboard Learn will remember instructors’ preferences for the Show attempts that don't contribute to user's grade filter on the Needs Grading page in the Original Course View. By default, the checkbox is unselected and student attempts that don’t affect grades won’t show on the Needs Grading list. When an instructor changes the setting, Learn will remember the preference across that user’s sessions and courses.

    Pearson's MyLab and Mastering (MLM) Partner Cloud integration

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3800.0.0 | Release to Production February 2020
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option Q4 2019
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    After much anticipation, Pearson’s popular MyLab and Mastering (MLM) courseware can now be used in Blackboard Learn Ultra courses thanks to the new Pearson MyLab and Mastering Partner Cloud integration. Set-up and configuration of the integration is easily managed through the Learn Administrator Panel, and once made available, instructors can efficiently access and add Pearson MLM content into their Ultra courses through the familiar Content Market.

    Major features of the Pearson MLM Building Block are available with the new Partner Cloud integration, including single sign-on, deep content linking, and manual grade synchronization. Not using Ultra courses quite yet? This integration works with Blackboard Learn Original courses too. This is especially helpful for schools who may be piloting or fully using the Ultra experience with dual course mode enabled. By implementing the Pearson MLM Partner Cloud integration, administrators can rest assured that instructors can add Pearson MLM content regardless of which course view they choose.

    In addition, admins can choose to utilize our migration tool which migrates existing courses and content using the MLM Building Block to Partner Cloud. While migrating to Partner Cloud gives users more flexibility in terms of which course view they can use, the Pearson MLM Building Block will still be supported for institutions who decide to keep their current configuration.

    Visit Behind the Blackboard for more information on the Pearson MLM Partner Cloud integration and migration tool, including system requirements and admin guide.


    Learn SaaS release 3700.16.0: Update to client Test/Staging environments

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3700.16.0 | Release to Production 5 December 2019
    Ultra Experience, Original Experience

    As part of our commitment to release quality, we’re applying an updated version of 3700.16.0 (full release number 3700.16.0-rel.27+2787f87) to client Test/Staging servers during off-hours on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

    Updates in this version include:

    • The Content Editor didn't load correctly for some users. We've fixed the issue.

    • In the mobile apps, users couldn’t access offline content in courses converted from Original to Ultra Course View. We've fixed the issue.


    Attendance and course copy, archive/restore, and export/import

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3700.11.0 | Release to Production 3 October 2019
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option Q4 2019
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    As a first step in improving how attendance data is handled during course copies and exports, we’ve made these improvements:

    • Attendance data isn’t included in a course export or when you copy a course into a new or existing course. The attendance option is removed from the copy and export options.
    • Attendance data is included in an archive/restore and in an exact course copy.
    • Export/import creates an attendance column in the Ultra gradebook and the Original Grade Center that you can’t delete, but no attendance data is added.

    More about attendance and course copy


    Delete copied course attendance data

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3700.11.0 | Release to Production 3 October 2019
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option Q4 2019
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    When instructors prepare a course for an upcoming term, they commonly copy all content, including the gradebook, from the last term’s course. For courses that used the attendance tool, the copied attendance gradebook column was difficult to remove. With this release, instructors can delete attendance gradebook columns added during a course copy from the destination course’s gradebook.

    Instructors can delete copied attendance columns from the gradebook menu. The attendance column that is correctly associated with the course can be deleted if all students’ attendance records are removed first.

    In the Ultra Course View's gradebook list or grid view, open the menu for the extra attendance column from a course copy and select Delete.

    In the Original Course View's Grade Center, open the menu for the extra attendance column and select Delete Column.

     

    More on attendance 


    Additional updates in the user interface

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3700.9.0 | Release to Production 5 September 2019
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option Q4 2019
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    • In an Original course, if instructors delete a content folder in a content area that contains graded items with no attempts, the corresponding columns are also deleted from the Grade Center.
    • We've made these refinements to question pools in Ultra Course View:
      • A more accessible button structure
      • Clearer error and confirmation modal messages

    Integrations with LTI Advantage

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3700.9.0 | Release to Production 5 September 2019
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    For both Original and Ultra courses, tools integrated with LTI Advantage that report submission and grading status show this information in the Original Grade Center or the Ultra gradebook. Upcoming due date or overdue notifications for students are dismissed if the tool indicates the student submitted the assignment.

    In Ultra Course View, tools integrated with LTI Advantage behave more like standard Learn assignments. Reported grades aren’t displayed to students until they are posted by the instructor.


    Support for IMS Global’s Questions and Test Interoperability (QTI) specification

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3600.0.0 | Release to Production 4 April 2019
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option Q2 2019
    Original Course View

    Instructors and instructional designers use various technologies to develop assessments and need to be able to move assessment items such as questions from one system to another easily. To ensure compatibility and easy re-use, IMS Global developed the Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) standard so questions can be shared between learning management and assessment systems. In this release, instructors and course builders can add QTI packages to Blackboard Learn in the Original Course View.

    Learn more about QTI at the IMS Global site

    Additional details:

    • Blackboard Learn handles QTI 2.1 packages as pools for import and export. If a QTI import package contains multiple assessment objects, multiple pools are created.
    • Blackboard Learn supports the following question types for import/export in QTI 2.1 format: true/false, multiple choice, multiple answer, fill-in-the-blank, and essay.
    • For embedded media, Blackboard Learn will import HTML5 and HTML Object tags. It will export HTML5.
    • In scenarios where there is a mismatch in question configuration options, Blackboard Learn will prioritize fidelity of the question and answer text over settings. For example, some exam systems allow differing partial credit allocations to be set per possible answer response whereas Blackboard Learn maintains a list of correct answers. In this case, all answer options will be imported as correct so they can be reviewed for continued applicability in Blackboard Learn.
    • Question metadata such as tags, categories, and alignments are not exported or imported at this time.
    • Questions using the optional QTI response processing are skipped and not imported.
    • Because different assessment tools have different features and varying media/HTML/equation handling capabilities, you should always review and test questions after transfer between solutions.

    More on how to use QTI packages in a course


    Collaborate Attendance Integration with Blackboard Learn

    Continuous Delivery Collaborate February 2019 | Release to Production 6-7 February 2019
    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2019
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3500.9.0
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option Q2 2019
    New features, Original Course View, Ultra Course View, Building Block

    This will be available with the Collaborate February release scheduled 6-7 February 2019.

    Let Collaborate take attendance for you. In this Collaborate release, Blackboard Learn instructors can host a Collaborate session without tracking attendance manually.

    Based on criteria you can set, Collaborate tracks if a student is present, late, or absent from a session. Collaborate then sends that information directly to the Attendance page in your Blackboard Learn course.

    Attendance from the Collaborate session is counted in each student's average attendance in the course, which can also be used in calculating student grades.

    More on Collaborate attendance reporting in Blackboard Learn 9.1

    More on Collaborate attendance reporting in Blackboard Learn SaaS 

    Example of Collaborate session attendance in the attendance page

    New Originality Report available for SafeAssign integration

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3500.7.0 | Release to Production 3 January 2019
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option Q2 2019
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    We've updated the design of the SafeAssign Originality Report in Blackboard Learn SaaS environments. The new Originality Report uses Blackboard's Ultra design philosophy and includes some new information about a submission's overall risk for being copied from another source. This new report interface is also more responsive for mobile devices and more accessible to screen readers than the old design; we will be seeking VPAT compliance for this new design soon!

    This release also allows the SafeAssign team to be more iterative and provide updates to the new report design on a more regular basis and without requiring an update to the LMS platform. We'll still be communicating changes on the SafeAssign help pages, so make sure to follow those pages as well for new information!

    Users can switch back to the old Originality Report design for a little while longer to help ease the transition. Blackboard Learn 9.1 users should expect to receive the new Originality Report design with the Q2 2019 release next year.

    More on how to read the new Originality Report


    Content lockdown: Expanded user privileges for gradebook control

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3500.5.0 | Release to Production 6 December 2018
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option Q2 2019
    Ultra Course View, Original Course View

    As part of an earlier release, we added entitlements for course roles so administrators can grant additional permissions for users that allow them to view course content but not modify it. In this release, we expand on those entitlements with respect to gradebook access and control.

    Grading within a course is multi-faceted. Assigning a grade is only one piece of the process, which can also include grade maintenance, data download and upload, and release of grades. Institution administrators can grant some or all of these permissions to trusted facilitators to help ease the grading responsibility in larger courses.

    Explore use cases for the facilitator role and privileges


    Expanded ability to reconcile grades in Delegated Grading

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2018
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3500.0.0 | Release to Production 4 October 2018
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option Q4 2018
    Original Course View

    Delegated grading lets an instructor share grading responsibilities by assigning course members to grade sets of submissions. Grading and feedback from more than one grader can promote reliability, improve consistency, and remove bias. The instructor can reconcile grades and settle on final scores after the graders have completed their assigned submissions.

    The ability to reconcile grades was previously limited to instructors and users who were granted the permission by an administrator. In this release, instructors can grant this permission to graders. The Can reconcile grades option appears when the instructor delegates grading. Instructors can choose to grant the permission to any or all graders who are delegated submissions.

    More on Delegated Grading in the Original Course View


    Download annotated PDFs

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2018
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3400.11.0 | Release to Production 6 September 2018
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option Q4 2018
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    This feature was also available for Self- and Managed-Hosting environments as a Cumulative Update for Blackboard Learn 9.1.

    Users were accustomed to downloading annotated files when Crocodoc handled inline file rendering. With the switch to New Box View, this capability wasn’t available and highly requested. Blackboard listened and developed the ability to download annotated files using the New Box View.

    In this release, both instructors and students can download certain file types (DOC, DOCX, PDF) with annotations as an annotated PDF. Students can download the annotated file after their submission has been graded.

    Visit Inline Grading and New Box View Update on the Blackboard Community for more information and a video demonstration

    Check out the October 2018 Inline Grading and New Box View Update for an update about comment summaries in annotated PDFs

    Learn more about downloading annotated PDFs in New Box View


    Cloud storage integration in the Original Course View

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2018
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3400.7.0 | Release to Production 5 July 2018
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option Q4 2018
    Original Course View

    Blackboard is pleased to announce cloud storage integration in the Original Course View. Instructors and students can access an aggregated cloud service that lets users connect to their preferred cloud storage accounts and place content directly into their course. Instructors and students can instantly connect to multiple web apps where they store files.

    Your files are stored on secure, online servers where they're protected from accidents and viruses. If something happens to your computer or phone, you don't have to worry about file loss. You can access your files in the cloud any time you're connected to the internet, on any of your devices.

    This feature was also made available with Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 CU4.

    Get started with the cloud storage integration


    Branding and color configuration in the Learn 2016 Theme

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2018
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3300.11.0 | Release to Production 9 March 2018
    Original Course View

    This release includes additional options for users who wish to configure the Learn 2016 theme in all courses. In the Blackboard Learn 2016 theme, Course Menu and Theme color customization is now available through the entire interface.

    Instructors and course designers can configure the course colors in the course control panel when using the Learn 2016 Theme. The course menu area appears in these colors in both desktop and mobile experiences. Extended menu areas such as the Control Panel for instructors and My Groups menu for students remain in the gray and white color scheme.

    These enhancements apply to courses using the Learn 2016 theme in an Original experience environment.

    More on the Learn 2016 Theme


    Clear multiple choice selection

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2018
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3300.11.0 | Release to Production 9 March 2018
    Original Course View

    Students are now able to clear a selection from multiple-choice questions. This lets students avoid a penalty when they’ve made an initial selection and negative points are associated with answer choices.

    More on submitting a test attempt in Blackboard Learn


    Additional attempts in Anonymous Grading

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2018
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3300.6.0 | Release to Production 12 January 2018
    Original Course View

    Instructors can now grant an additional attempt for scenarios when the student needs one and the prior attempt can't be cleared because it is in an anonymous state.

    More on Anonymous Grading


    Grade calculations

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3300.6.0 | Release to Production 12 January 2018
    Original Course View

    A previous release improved consistency of grade rounding and presentation across pages including Grade Center, gradebook download, and My Grades. This is further improved by updating those pages along with APIs (Building Blocks and REST) to all use Java BigDecimal for calculations, increasing consistency in edge cases where different Java methods may have rounded or calculated differently.


    Improved LTI user experience

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3300.6.0 | Release to Production 12 January 2018
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    Course tools designated as “student tools” are now located in the student Tools area to improve the user experience and align the location of LTI tools with Building Block tools. Instructors can show/hide the tool in the student Tools area and create links to the tool in Content Areas.


    LTI Names and Roles services

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2018
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3300.6.0 | Release to Production 12 January 2018
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    Integrated tools can retrieve course roster information to support assessment activities or provide better information about the class within the tool. This ability is formerly known as LTI Membership Service.

    More on Learning Tools Interoperability


    Record attendance in Blackboard Learn

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3300.6.0 | Release to Production 12 January 2018
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    Institutions and instructors want to track attendance for various purposes, including at-risk detection, federal financial aid and accreditation compliance, and to support instructor pedagogical preference where being present is a component of a course grade.

    With this release, instructors can track attendance in both experiences. In Ultra courses, a gradebook column is added when the instructor begins taking attendance. The Attendance column provides the overall attendance score in the gradebook, where it can be included in the student’s overall grade.

    Based on your data region, some Blackboard Learn features may not be available. Attendance isn't supported on Internet Explorer 11.

    More on attendance for administrators

    More on how instructors can set up and record attendance

    The Meeting view is open. How to mark the students' attendance individually (one by one) or collectively (with the "Mark all" and "Clear marks" options) is shown.

    Chemistry notation support

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3300.0.0 | Release to Production 13 October 2017
    Original Course View

    The math editor found in the Content Editor has been updated to a newer version of WIRIS. This version adds tools specific to chemistry including an embedded periodic table of elements.


    Course availability status and update

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3300.0.0 | Release to Production 13 October 2017
    Original Course View

    Instructors and other privileged course members can see the availability state of the course and change the state from the main course view. All privileged users in a course see an open or closed padlock representing the availability state of the course to students. This is in the course edit management areas with tools such as Student Preview and the Edit Mode toggle.


    Email tool recipient permissions

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3300.0.0 | Release to Production 13 October 2017
    Original Course View

    Administrators can better define the extent to which users in courses can contact one another using the Email tool. Previously, instructors would choose which email recipient options were available in each course; for example, whether students could email each other. Administrators can now restrict the Email tool recipient options that will appear for use in courses.


    Collaborate Ultra Building Block update

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3200.12.0 | Release to Production 19 September 2017
    Original Course View, Building Blocks

    Add Collaborate Ultra to your group tools.

    Instructors can add Collaborate Ultra sessions to Groups pages in the Original Course View of Blackboard Learn. If instructors allow, students can share content and use the whiteboard, as well as create recordings. Institutions need a Collaborate license to use this in their courses.

    More on course groups for instructors

     


    Grade display standardization

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3200.10.0 | Release to Production 24 August 2017
    Original Course View

    This change standardizes areas of Blackboard Learn where users access grades. Now, all gradebook columns (online and downloads) and My Grades support up to five decimal points, aren't rounded, and are consistent for all display types (score, percentage, letter grade).


    Additional ARIA landmarks in the Original Course View

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3200.8.0 | Release to Production 28 July 2017
    Original Course View

    We’ve incorporated ARIA landmarks in the course menu and the content area to better define the page structure and assist users with screen readers in navigating page elements.


    LTI improvements

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3200.8.0 | Release to Production 28 July 2017
    Original Course View, Ultra Course View

    In the Original Course View, LTI links now open in a lightbox within the course, rather than directing users to a new window or tab. Now, LTI links load within the same window from where they are launched, creating a consistent and contained workflow for students. When launching an LTI tool from an Ultra course, a new message appears to confirm success or failure:

    • Success!
      We launched your selected LTI tool.
    • Oops, something went wrong. 
      We couldn't launch your selected LTI tool.

    More efficient Grade Center cleanup

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3200.8.0 | Release to Production 28 July 2017
    Original Course View

    Instructors can now more easily clean up their grade books by deleting multiple columns at once. Selected manual and calculated columns are removed completely. Selected columns associated with gradable items are cleared of attempt and grade data but remain in the Grade Center.


    More responsive Blogs and Journals tools

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3200.8.0 | Release to Production 28 July 2017
    Original Course View

    Blogs and Journals have been better optimized for use on mobile devices. Posts and comments composed with responsive content will render on smaller devices. Options for filtering posts or navigating groups or users will appear below currently viewed posts.


    Ally: Support for files attached with Content Editor

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3200.4.0 | Release to Production 2 June 2017
    Original Course View

    Ally, an optional solution for improving accessibility of course materials, now supports files attached in the Content Editor. Presently this support is limited to certain content types such as “Item.” Instructors see accessibility scores for these attachments, students can download more accessible alternative versions of those files, and administrators will be able to report on the collective accessibility of these additional files.


    Discussion Board "Replies to Me"

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3200.4.0 | Release to Production 2 June 2017
    Original Course View

    Keeping up with large Discussion Board forums is easier by giving participants a count and filter to just look at new replies from others to posts made the participant.


    Guest access to the Course Catalog

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3200.4.0 | Release to Production 2 June 2017
    Ultra Experience, Original Course View

    Some institutions would like to use their LMS to support self-enrollment in courses, with or without e-commerce, to allow students to browse and join courses on-the-fly. We’ve added a new API attribute that will allow direct guest access to preview Original courses in the Ultra experience.


    Blackboard Learn SaaS: Q1 2017 Summary

    In the early months of 2017, Blackboard released multiple new features, enhancements, and maintenance items to customers on the Learn SaaS continuous delivery deployment.

    Here is a snapshot of that work, representing four Production environment releases in Q1 2017:

    • 13 new features released, including localized user interface, integration with Blackboard Ally, LTI improvements, enhancements to discussions and assessments in the Ultra Course View, and more
    • 7 long-term performance and scalability initiatives achieved
    • 600+ maintenance items fixed on the backend and frontend, including both Original and Ultra experiences and course views

    Thank you for helping us build this momentum. We’re eager to share more of these achievements as the year progresses. Refer to the full release notes to learn more about the details and cadence of Blackboard Learn SaaS releases.


    Learn 2016 Theme improvements

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3200.0.0 | Release to Production 31 March 2017
    Original Course View

    In courses using the Learn 2016 theme, the discussion board is responsive for hand-held devices if the contents of the posts themselves are responsive. Discussion participants can read, respond, and use other discussion features such as post rating from mobile devices.

    Pages with tables, the course menu, and My Blackboard pages are better optimized for hand-held devices. Menus can be accessed on touch devices.

    More on the Learn 2016 Theme


    Submission receipts via email

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3200.0.0 | Release to Production 31 March 2017
    Original Course View

    Starting with this release, students receive email confirmations for submitted coursework. The email receipt is another method for students to keep track of their submissions, in addition to the My Grades page.

    More on accessing submission receipts from the My Grades page


    Hotfix for Flexible Deployment Option clients

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Flexible Deployment Option v3100.0.2 | Release to Production 10 March 2017
    Original Course View

    This release includes a set of bug fixes. Please see the Maintenance Items for issues resolved in 3100.0.2.


    Additional drag-and-drop locations

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2017, Updated Features
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3100.6.0 | Release to Production 13 January 2017
    Original Course View, Original Experience

    File drag and drop are now supported in the following areas.

    • Content Collection – file upload page replacing Java-dependent interface
    • Content Editor – embed attachment
    • Blank Page content type
    • Blog – Create Entry
    • Journal – Create Entry
    • Portfolio – add Artifact

    If the browser allows, users can drag a folder of files and the files will upload individually.


    Responsive improvements for mobile devices

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3100.6.0 | Release to Production 13 January 2017
    Original Course View, Original Experience

    In this release, we've made a number of improvements for users on mobile devices.

    • Improved course menu collapse behavior
    • More responsive table handling in many interfaces including but not limited to:
      • Grade Center
      • Discussion forum list page
      • Admin interfaces
    • (Original Experience only) Responsive improvements for My Blackboard pages, including the ability to make a selection from the left panel and see content from the right panel. On mobile devices, the selected content will appear in an overlay that can be dismissed by selecting the close icon at the top.

    Student view for submission receipts

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2017
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3100.6.0 | Release to Production 13 January 2017
    Original Course View

    Students can access their submission receipts at any time. The receipts can be found in My Grades or My Blackboard in the Submissions area. Like the instructor view, the receipts are always present even if an attempt or assignment has been deleted from the course.


    Drag and drop files

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2016, New Features
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3100.0.0 | Release to Production 18 November 2016
    Original Course View

    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.

    Drag and drop is not yet available in every area of Blackboard Learn where users can attach files.

    More on how instructors create content items


    Dropbox Education integration

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2016, New Features
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3100.0.0 | Release to Production 18 November 2016
    Original Course View

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

    More on how to install and enable Dropbox for Learn


    Fewer Needs Grading items

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2016, Updated Features
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3100.0.0 | Release to Production 18 November 2016
    Original Course View

    When multiple-attempt assessments are set to calculate using the first or last attempt, there are potentially numerous other attempts that will never be used for the grade calculation. This can be particularly problematic in anonymous or delegated grading scenarios where it can be difficult to determine which attempts are associated with students and therefore require grading. A new filter is now available both in the Needs Grading workflow as well as within the Grade Center to show or hide these attempts. Attempts that won't calculate towards the assessment grade are now indicated with an icon.

    More on grading multiple attempts on the Needs Grading page


    Improved behavior for Self and Peer Assessments

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2016, Updated Features
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3100.0.0 | Release to Production 18 November 2016
    Original Course View

    Non-participants during the submission period are excluded from the evaluation process. Submitters with partial or complete submissions will be distributed to peers for evaluations. By pairing an assessment with Adaptive Release, it's possible to configure Self and Peer Assessments for individual groups.


    Reminders

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2016, New Features
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3100.0.0 | Release to Production 18 November 2016
    Original Course View

    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.

    Instructors can also send reminders for assignments with anonymous or delegated grading enabled. To protect anonymity, students' names and attempt statuses aren't revealed.

    More on how to send reminders for missing coursework


    Submission receipts

    Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2016, New Features
    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3100.0.0 | Release to Production 18 November 2016
    Original Course View

    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.

    A receipt is generated for each group member when a student submits on behalf of the group, and the anonymous state of an assignment is respected. For assignments with multiple attempts, students receive a different number for each submission.

    Submission receipts was a popular enhancement request from recent voting on the Community site. You need to be a member of the Blackboard Community and have access to the Ideas space to view this link.

    More on submission confirmations


    Reports on student activity - Tests

    Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3000.4.0 | Release to Production 24 June 2016

    The new Student Activity report displays details of when each student opened, started, and submitted a test in both Original and Ultra courses. The page also displays their grades on the test. And in Ultra Course View, instructors can send a message to an individual student from the Student Activity page. Instructors have the option to view the data visually using Chart View or in a traditional text layout in Grid View.

    In Original courses: Select the Content tab, then navigate to a test and select the arrow to the right of its name. Choose Student Activity.

    In Ultra courses: Access Student Activity data from the Course Content page. Hover over a test and select the bar chart icon labeled Student Activity.

    This is the first of many future releases of a dual-panel feature. The feature generally looks and functions the same whether you are working in an Original or Ultra course.

    More on student activity details



    Release notes for earlier versions

    Release notes for earlier versions are available in English only.