Cloud storage integration

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.

Instructors: Cloud storage | Students: Cloud storage

Norwegian language pack

This release includes a language pack with full user interface translation in Norwegian (nn_NO).

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Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) placement improvements

A new placement type allows administrators to place a tool on Tools panel in the My Institution or other module tab. When creating a new placement for an approved LTI domain, a new option appears, System Tool. This feature allows you to integrate tools accessed outside of the course context, such as a library system or a media management tool. In this release, there are no restrictions to the users who will see this link. There are no limits by Institution Role or by Node. Any restrictions on access will need to be handled by the tool provider based on the user information sent at launch.

This release also includes improved placements for instructor and student tools in a course.

Administrators: Learning Tool Interoperability | Instructors: Add Content from External Sources

Outcomes roles based on Institutional Hierarchy

We've enhanced Outcomes to respect the access limitations you’ve put in place by configuring Institutional Hierarchy. You can now assign Outcomes roles to key stakeholders within each department and these users will only be able to create evidence collections, manage evaluations, and view reports for courses within their node of the Institutional Hierarchy.

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Delegated Grading: Grant reconcile privileges

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.

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.

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Grade assignments with the mobile app

If your institution uses Mobile Web Services, instructors can grade assignments using the Blackboard Instructor app.

More on grading in Blackboard Instructor

NewBoxView is default service for inline grading & Download annotated PDFs

New Box View is the default service (instead of Crocodoc) for all new Blackboard Learn installations. If your institution decided not to transition to New Box View and is upgrading to a more recent version of Blackboard Learn, this change won't affect you unless you are starting with a fresh install for the new target instance.

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.

Administrators: Inline Grading | Instructors: Assignment Inline Grading | Students: Assignment Grades