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Illuminate February 2024 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 21 February 2024
Reporting, Updated Features

Our February 2024 release includes:

  • Illuminate has a new URL: https://illuminate.blackboard.com/. Users can still access Illuminate using the previous URL.
  • In Settings, under the Snowflake Account Settings tab, a credit burndown chart is now available for better control of the institution's monthly credit usage.

    A credit burndown chart is now available in the Snowflake Account Settings tab
  • Other improvements and bug fixes:
    • In Learning, in the Student Summary Report: We fixed an issue with the Course ID value. It now appears in the Course summary Report for consistency between reports. Additionally, in the Activity Log Tab, we are now filtering out “Root” and “Interactive” elements from the item column.
    • In Teaching, in the Instructional Practice Report: We resolved an issue with the filter controls of the Virtual Classroom Engagement Tab and updated the Collaborate Session calculations for consistency within the report.
    • In Leading, in the Course Administration Report: We addressed an issue related to the percentage of new updated items. Previously, it filtered out any items created before the course creation date, resulting in always showing a 100% percentage and an artificially low item count. This issue was solved by modifying the logic behind the course item count to consider items created or modified after the course creation time, thus removing the template items.
    • In Leading, in the Learning Platform Adoption Report: The LMS Activity Tab now includes 4 levels of Institutional Hierarchy, allowing Institutions to set their own context and zoom in on the data they need.
  • In Custom Reports, Authors can enjoy a better user experience with an improved frame and expand/collapse actions.

Illuminate Reporting January 2024 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 24 January 2024
New Features, Updated Features

Our January 2024 release includes:

  • In Teaching, the Course Summary Report is now supported for Role Based Access for clients with Institutional Authentication using Blackboard Learn as the identity provider.
  • In Custom Reports, Authors can now seamlessly share dashboards with report viewers within their institution. 

    More about Role Based Access


Illuminate Reporting December 2023 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 13 December 2023
Updated Features

Our December 2023 release includes:

  • For institutions with Anthology Student, new SIS filters and attributes were incorporated into the Student Engagement report:

    • Course Modality
    • Grade Level
    • Program
    • Course Retake
    • Primary Instructor

    A distinct indicator  (🔹) identifies data sourced from the Student Information System (SIS) allowing institutions without SIS data to recognize why certain elements are not populated. The overall functionality of the report remains unchanged. 

  • In the Teaching reporting area, the Instructional Practices and the Assessment and Grading reports are now supported for Role-Based Access for institutions with Institutional Authentication using Blackboard Learn as the identity provider. 

    More about Role-Based Access


Illuminate Reporting November 2023 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 15 November 2023
Updated Features

Our November 2023 release includes:

  • A new color palette was added to our reports to have a more accessible experience.
     
    New color palette for reporting
  • New landings offer detailed information and insights into what is encompassed in the upgrade to Illuminate Enhanced Reporting.
    Enhanced features empty states inviting to know Illuminate Enhanced

 


Illuminate Enhanced Reporting November 2023 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 15 November 2023
New Features

Our November 2023 release includes:

  • Custom Reports is now available for all clients with Enhanced Reporting. This new enhanced feature will allow you to create custom reports that meet your needs and deploy them alongside our standard (pre-built) reports.
     
    Custom reports selected in the left menu

    Find out how Custom Reports works.

  • Data Q&A is now available to all clients with Enhanced Reporting. This new feature will allow you to explore your institutional data regardless of your technical expertise by asking questions in natural language and getting customizable visual answers, saving time and effort.
     
    Data Q and A option selected in the sidebar menu

    Find out how Data Q&A works.


Blackboard Data Reporting October 2023 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 24 October 2023
Updated Features

Blackboard Data is now Anthology Illuminate:

Blackboard Data evolves to Anthology Illuminate

Register for our webinar to know more:

Find out more in our Community blog post.


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Our October 2023 release includes one new report in the Learning area and the following improvements:

The Student Summary Report provides insight into an individual student’s activity, engagement, and performance across all their current and historical courses. It allows you to view what a student has done in courses in a given timeframe. The report has 3 tabs:

  • Overview: Provides high-level information on students’ activity over time.
  • Engagement and Performance: Delivers detailed insights on a student’s engagement and performance across courses.
  • Activity Log: Summarizes a student’s granular activity on courses within a specific timeframe.

Find out more about Student Summary Report.

 

Other improvements & bug fixes:


Blackboard Data Reporting August 2023 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 09 August 2023

The August 2023 release of Blackboard Data Reporting includes one new report in the Teaching area :

The Course Summary report is a holistic report about a single course that provides insight into student and instructor behavior in a course. The report has four tabs:

  • Course Overview: providing high level statistics about the course and metadata.
  • Student Engagement and Performance: giving detailed information on student engagement and performance.
  • Instructional Practice: providing a detailed view of the instructional practices based on the course design, Instructor-Student engagement, and student success.
  • Course Design: providing an understanding of how this course has been designed based on the item types used and their usage over time.

This report will allow you to filter students' activity within a given time scale.

Find out more about Course Summary report.


Blackboard Data Reporting July 2023 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 25 July 2023

The July 2023 release of Blackboard Data Reporting includes one new report in Preview release:

Our upcoming Learning Tools Adoption report provides a better understanding of how tools are being used and adopted in the Institution, giving insight into the usage of tools by different user types, courses, and Hierarchy Nodes, as well as allowing easy comparisons of tool adoption within a specific timeframe.   

The report is available for use and can be accessed directly from Blackboard Data Reporting. Please keep in mind that this report is an improvement of the Learning Tools Adoption and Use report, which will still be available in the Leading area.  

We are offering early access to this report to those institutions who opt-in to our Preview Release program. The current version of the report includes the Overview tab and the Comparison tab, with a link to a feedback survey directly in the report. To find out more about the Preview Release program and to opt-in, use the link: Preview Release Opt-in.


Blackboard Data Reporting June 2023 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 6 June 2023

In our June release of Blackboard Data, we have deployed a new sub-model for SIS data, CDM_SIS. Initially, this is empty for all clients but available in your Snowflake reader account so that you can browse the structure. It is also documented in the data dictionary. In the future, we plan to automatically populate this sub-model for all clients licensing both Learn SaaS and Anthology Student SIS, additionally, we are considering an ingestion service to enable all clients to populate this sub-model with SIS data.

More information on these future plans will be shared in our product roadmap sessions.

Additionally, we have added a new table containing course progress data for students in Ultra courses with this feature enabled. In future, we plan to add this valuable data to relevant reports in Blackboard Data Reporting.

For more information, see the CDM Change Log and Data Dictionary entries listed therein.


Blackboard Data Reporting May 2023 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 24 May 2023

The May 2023 release of Blackboard Data Reporting includes one new report in Preview release and the following improvements:

Our upcoming Student Summary report provides insight into a single student’s activity, engagement and performance across all their current and historical courses and allows to see in a given time scale what the student has done in courses. We’d like to offer early access to this report to those institutions who opt-in to our “Preview” release. The current version of the report includes the Overview tab and the Engagement and Performance tab, along with direct links to feedback. To find out more about the Preview Release program, and to opt-in, use the link: Preview Release Opt-In

Other improvements & bug fixes:

  • In Learning and Teaching reports fixed an issue with filtering when selecting the course start date.
  • In Leading we fixed an issue with filtering in the Course Administration Report, and now all non-deleted courses are included in the report.

Blackboard Data Reporting March 2023 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 08 March 2023

The March 2023 release of Blackboard Data Reporting includes one new report in Preview release and the following improvements:

Our upcoming Course Summary report provides insight into student engagement and performance, course design, and instructional practice for a single course, and allows filtering of activity between a set of dates. We’re offering early access to this report to those institutions who opt-in to our “Preview” release program. The current version of the report includes the Student Engagement and Performance tab and an Overview tab, with links to feedback surveys directly in the report. To find out more about the Preview Release program, and to opt-in, use the link: Preview Release Opt-In

Other improvements & bug fixes:

  • In Learning, the “Social and Collaborative Report” now includes all Collaborate sessions with roles other than student or guest present (Facilitator, Teaching assistant, Grader), whereas it previously only considered sessions with an Instructor role present.
  • In all reports, “child” courses are now filtered out to avoid false negatives for student activity and instructor presence.

Blackboard Data Reporting November 2022 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 22 November 2022

The November 2022 release of Blackboard Data Reporting includes the following improvements:

In Learning, the Engagement with Assessment tab in the Student Engagement report has been updated with the following enhancements:

  • A donut chart is included showing the proportion of submissions that were on time, late, overdue or upcoming for better visualization.
  • A new stacked bar chart is included to compare submission status by Institutional Hierarchy Node.
  • New table that shows student engagement with assessment in each of the children of the Institutional Hierarchy Node.
  • An additional table is included that shows the level of student engagement with assessment in each Course.
  • New table that shows the level of engagement of each student.
  • Filter to include or exclude enrollments that are not “available” in courses or with no activity after a given number of days.
  • New filter to choose between all assessments or only those contributing to the Total grade.
Blackboard data reporting showing the Student engagement with assessment report

Additionally, Blackboard Data Reporting is now localized to four additional languages: Italian, Polish, Traditional Chinese and German.


Blackboard Data Access Control

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 21 September 2022

In our September release of Blackboard Data, we are enabling institutional administrators to control who has access to Blackboard Data Developer (Snowflake) and the Settings page (where the service account credentials are managed), or access only to Blackboard Data Reporting.

You can review the full instructions on how to restrict access to Developer and Settings, but, in brief, you need to:

  • Adopt Blackboard Login. If you have not already done so, submit a support ticket requesting help. 
  • Assign a different system role to users who need access only to Blackboard Data Reporting. We recommend a new role with no other permissions. 
  • Submit a support ticket asking for this role to be mapped to the Blackboard Data Report Viewer role. 

We believe this new feature removes a significant barrier to the adoption of Blackboard Data Reporting for some institutions.

Each institution is currently allowed up to 20 seat licenses for Blackboard Data, so we encourage institutions to use these accounts for key institutional decision makers like educational, online learning, and EdTech management.


Blackboard Data Reporting September 2022 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 21 September 2022

The September 2022 release of Blackboard Data Reporting includes the following improvements:

  • A new Course ID filter has been added to all report tabs in Learning and Teaching, as well as to the Course Administration report in Leading. This filter allows you to search for and select a range of courses, supports wild card searching (*) and should be of particular value to institutions that do not currently use Institutional Hierarchy.
  • Accessibility improvement in Data Tables to every non-tabular visualization. There is now an option in the contextual menu to “View Summary Data”, which displays the data points used in the visualization as a table. 
  • In Teaching, the “Class Size” and “Course Design and Organization” tabs in “Instructional Practices” have been improved with our common report anatomy.

Updated reports leverage the common report anatomy that includes, for each use case, a high-level overview, distribution, institutional hierarchy node comparison, course listing and student listing - in the Learning reporting area - with actionable metrics.


Blackboard Data Reporting August 2022 - Localization in Blackboard Data Reporting and Help

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 5 July 2022

We are pleased to announce our localization release for Blackboard Data Reporting and associated help pages.

Reports can now be viewed in the following locales, with non-English languages now having translated help pages:

 

Current Blackboard Data and Reporting Availability
Language Locale UI and Reports Help pages
Cymraeg (Cymru) Cy_GB Yes Yes
English (Australia) En_AU Yes  
English (United Kingdom) En_GB Yes  
English (USA) En_US Yes Yes
English (K-12) En_US_K12 Yes  
English (Pro-Ed) En_US_Pro Yes  
Español (España) Es_ES Yes Yes
Français (France) Fr_FR Yes Yes
日本語 (日本) Ja_JP Yes Yes
한국어 (한국) Ko_KR Yes Yes
Bokmål (Norge) Nb_NO Yes Yes
Nederlands (Nederland) Nl_NL Yes Yes
Português (Brasil) Pt_BR Yes Yes
Svenska (Sverige) Sv_SE Yes Yes
Türkçe (Türkiye) Tr_TR Yes Yes

Please note that some dynamic elements in reports, most notable in the filters, cannot yet be localized due to technical limitations in AWS QuickSight, the BI tool we use to build reports. We are working closely with AWS to ensure that this is resolved quickly, and we thank you for your patience in the meantime.

 


Blackboard Data Reporting July 2022 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 05 July 2022
Reporting, Updated Features

The July 2022 release of Blackboard Data Reporting includes improvements in the Learning and Teaching reporting areas: 

In Learning:

  • The Engagement with Course Content tab in the Student Engagement report has been improved with our common report anatomy.
  • The Engagement with Peers and Instructors tab in the Student Engagement report has been removed and replaced with a new report called Social and Collaborative Engagement. This report contains two new tabs:
    • Learning Tools Engagement.
    • Virtual Classroom Engagement

In Teaching

  • The Course Access tab in the Instructional Practices report has been improved with our common report anatomy.
  • The Instruction and Facilitation tab has been split into two tabs, in the same report, that mirror the reports in the Engagement with Peers and Instructors report in Learning from an instructor engagement perspective.
    • Learning Tools Engagement.
    • Virtual Classroom Engagement.

All new and updated reports leverage the common report anatomy that includes, for each use case, a high-level overview, distribution, institutional hierarchy node comparison, course listing, and in the Learning reporting area the student listing.

 

 


Blackboard Data Reporting Sydney & Canada Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 15 June 2022
Blackboard Data, Reporting, New Features

We are pleased to announce another key milestone for Blackboard Data: the release of the Blackboard Data Reporting solution to SaaS clients hosted in the Canada and Sydney AWS hosting regions.

This will provide the same reports on Learning, Teaching, and Leading that were previously available only to clients hosted in the US, EU, and Singapore locations. As in other regions, Sydney-hosted clients may now request up to 20 individual accounts to support institutional leaders.


Blackboard Data Reporting June 2022 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 15 June 2022
Reporting, Updated Features

The June 2022 release of Blackboard Data Reporting includes the following minor improvements to reports:

  • Applied a more accessible color palette to visualizations, which provides greater contrast between chart segments. 

  • A bugfix in the Course Administration report to remove deleted courses from the dataset. 

  • A bugfix to enable clients outside the US-East region to authenticate using Blackboard Login Sign in with your institutional account. Note that only institutions that have adopted Blackboard Login will be able to use this method. 


Blackboard Data Reporting May 2022 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 10 May 2022
Reporting, Updated Features, New Features 

The May 2022 release of Blackboard Data Reporting includes improvements to two reports in the Learning reporting area.

Enrollment-level detail added to:

Each of these reports now includes a table containing one row per student course enrollment, and appropriate metrics for the context of the report. This will therefore list all students on all courses within the filters you’ve selected.

The student listing includes features developed directly from feedback gathered in our Blackboard Data Insiders user group:

  • First and Last Name separation for easier sorting. 
  • A “mailto” link that will address an email to the chosen student in your default email application with one click. 
  • A comparative indicator on the “Course Access” column that indicates whether the student’s course accesses are below, within, or above the typical range for the course: 
    • 1 bar – Low – in the lowest quartile. 
      Three bar graph, one filled bar.
    • 2 bars – Normal – within the interquartile range (middle two quartiles). 
      Three bar graph, two bars filled.
    • 3 bars – High – in the top quartile. 
      Three bar graph, three bars filled.

Enhanced course listing:

The course listing has been enhanced and now includes all appropriate courses within your filter selection, where previously it included only the top/bottom 10 courses. 

Visual filtering:

To make it easier to find actionable information, these reports also use visual filtering, where your selection within a visualization will further filter the student table.  

Examples:

  • In Course Access, you can select the “Inactive” segment of the donut chart, and the student table will only list inactive enrollments.  
  • You can also select a course in the course listing and its enrollments will be displayed in the student table. 

Visual filtering walkthrough video

Visual filtering is additive, so if you select both prior examples, the student table will list inactive enrollments in your chosen course only. You can reset visual filtering by selecting the funnel icon in the contextual menu of the visualization and either selecting the “X” to remove an individual filter or “Clear” to remove all visual filtering. Visual filtering is also used in the existing Course Administration report (Leading reporting area). 

 

As with all visualizations, you can maximize them to take up all available space, and export to CSV, using the contextual menu that appears in the top-right corner when you hover over the visualization. 

Continuous feedback

We'd like to hear your feedback on these reports or any other reports.

You can submit, comment upon, and vote for new features in the Feature Requests tab of “What’s New”.


Blackboard Data Reporting April 2022 Release

The April 2022 release of Blackboard Data Reporting includes one new report and improvements to an existing report. 

A new Grade Boundary report has been added in Learning > Student Performance and Grades that shows the proportion of enrollments below or above a given grade percentage. This report follows our standard report design and so includes advanced filtering, Institutional Hierarchy node comparison, and course-level detail. 

The Course Access tab, in Learning > Student Engagement, has been updated with the following enhancements: 

  • Improved, multi-stage Institutional Hierarchy filtering. 

  • Filters to include or exclude enrollments that are not “available” in courses or with no activity after a given number of days. 

  • “Active students” are now defined as having at least 1 course access and at least 5 minutes of activity. 

  • An additional donut chart is included that differentiates active students between “recently active” (active in the last week) and “previously active” (active, but not in the last week)  

  • A new chart is included that shows the distribution of students based on how recently they have accessed their courses. 

  • A new chart compares the activity of students in courses associated with different Institutional Hierarchy nodes. 

  • A new table lists courses and summarizes the engagement of enrolled students 

We would like to hear your feedback on this report, or any other reports, via this feedback form. Note that targeted feedback is requested via the “What’s New” pane, and you can submit, comment upon, and vote for new features in the Feature Requests tab of “What’s New”. 


Blackboard Data Reporting Singapore Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 05 April 2022
Blackboard Data, Reporting, New Features

 

We are pleased to announce another key milestone for Blackboard Data: the release of the Blackboard Data Reporting solution to SaaS clients hosted in the Singapore AWS hosting region.

This will provide the same reports on Learning, Teaching, and Leading that were previously available only to clients hosted in the EU and US locations. As in other regions, Singapore-hosted clients may now request up to 20 individual accounts to support institutional leaders. 


Blackboard Data March 2022 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 15 March 2022
Blackboard Data, Reporting, Developer, Updated Features, New Features

  • The Blackboard Data user interface found at data.blackboard.com has been updated to provide a better experience for first-time users, including introductory information about Blackboard Data and an explanation of the new reports now available. 
  • A new Blackboard Data Developer area contains the existing Settings page for management of the Service account, as well as a convenient link to your Snowflake instance. 

New Blackboard Data Reporting March 2022 Release

Continuous Delivery | Release to Production 15 March 2022
Reporting, Updated Features, New Features

We’re pleased to announce the release of Blackboard Data Reporting, a new suite of reports to help institutional leaders to make data-informed decisions about policy and practice within the EdTech platform. 

This solution includes three reporting areas: 

  • Learning: relating to learner activity, engagement, and performance. 

  • Teaching: relating to instructional practice and course design.

  • Leading: relating to institutional success and tool adoption. Includes improved versions of the adoption reports previously in Blackboard Reporting. 

These reports comprise 21 dashboards and more than 100 visualizations and insights, and our question-focused user experience makes it easy to understand the purpose of each insight. 

Blackboard Data Reporting is included as a standard for Learn SaaS clients in eligible locations.

As this is an early release of this solution, there are some known issues relating to the accessibility of the reporting content, for which we’re working closely with AWS QuickSight,the business intelligence tool we use to develop these reports, to resolve as a matter of urgency. The reports are currently only available in US English, but we’re working on localization and expect to have the reports localized in 14 languages within Q2. 

We'd like your help in improving these reports and generating new ideas, and to support this we'll prompt users with targeted questions in the What’s New panel in the reports, where you will also find a new Feature Requests panel to enable submission and voting on new ideas. 

In order to support broader usage of these reports across your institution, we’re increasing the number of individual accounts you can request from 5 to 20, and we would encourage you to use these for institutional leaders such as: 

  • Provosts 

  • Deans 

  • Heads of eLearning/Curriculum Development 

  • Heads of Distance and Online Learning 

  • Student Success leadership 

Learn more about the Blackboard Data Reporting