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Learn SaaS release 3900.76.0

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.76.0
Release to Test/Stage: Tuesday, 12 September 2023 | Release to Production: Thursday, 5 October 2023
Original Experience, Ultra Experience
Original Course View, Ultra Course View

For full feature details please review the corresponding notes for the Learn 3900.76.0 version included below on this page. Details can also be found on Behind the Blackboard.

Latest release: 3900.76.0-rel.17+f95a1cd to Test/Stage servers to take place on 26 September 2023.

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

 


Learn SaaS release 3900.74.0

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.74.0
Release to Test/Stage: Tuesday, 15 August 2023 | Release to Production: Thursday, 7 September 2023
Original Experience, Ultra Experience
Original Course View, Ultra Course View

For full feature details please review the corresponding notes for the Learn 3900.74.0 version included below on this page. Details can also be found on Behind the Blackboard.

Latest release: 3900.74.0-rel.32+80961aa to Production servers to take place on 21 September 2023.

Since this release includes a Tomcat update, it is required that self-hosted clients have New Relic updated to its current version if New Relic is in use

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

 


October 2023 – 3900.76 Release

The October 2023 - 3900.76 release is robust with features in eight (8) areas:

  • Assignments and tests;
  • Communication and collaboration;
  • Gradebook;
  • Learner progression and personalized experience;
  • Integrations;
  • Learn core and security;
  • Mobile; and
  • Upgrade to Ultra

These improvements impact instructors, students, and administrators. Some features do require administrative action.

Instructors:

Instructors and students:

Students:

All users:

Administrators:


Assignments & Tests

 

SafeAssign Direct Submit – 3900.76

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors

Direct Submit allows instructors to submit items to SafeAssign outside of the assessment context. Now, instructors can use the Direct Submit option in Ultra courses. SafeAssign appears as an instructor tool in Books & Tools.

Upon opening the Books & Tools section, SafeAssign is in the Instructor tools section. If it is missing, this means your administrator has not turned on SafeAssign for your institution.

Image 1. Access SafeAssign Direct Submit from Books & Course Tools

Access SafeAssign Direct Submit from Books & Course Tools

Using SafeAssign Direct Submit

There are two document submission methods:

  • Upload File: Select this option to drag or upload files via a pop-up window. The standard SafeAssign document processing rules apply:
    • Maximum support file size is 10 MB
    • Supported file types: .zip, .doc, .docx, .docm, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .txt, .pdf, .rtf, and .html.
  • Copy/Paste Text: Select this option to enter a title for the submission and paste the text.

Image 2. Options to upload or copy/paste text

Options to upload or copy/paste text

Image 3. Upload file options

Upload options

Image 4. Copy/paste text options

Copy/paste text options

Submission Options

As part of the submission process, instructors will have a few processing options:

  • Check for Plagiarism (on by default):
    • If on, SafeAssign processes the submission and generates an Originality Report.
    • If off, SafeAssign does not produce an Originality Report. The submission is processed.
    • Use case: The instructor uploads scripts or materials they suspect students might misuse. The instructor doesn't require a report for these specific materials and turns off the "Check for plagiarism" option. Submission is processed, but the Originality Report is not generated. The system will compare all future student submissions against these resources.
  • Add to Institutional Database (on by default): When on, submissions are added to the institutional database.

Instructors cannot deactivate both 'Check for Plagiarism' and 'Add to Institutional Database' at once. If both options are turned off, it is not possible to proceed with file submission.

  • Share option (deselected by default):
    • All submissions are private by default. These submissions are only visible to the person who submitted the file across courses.
    • If selected, the submission is visible to other course instructors within the course where the file was submitted.

Once a user submits the file, the submission panel closes, and a confirmation message appears. Users may see the information as it processes.

Image 5. Submission confirmation and processing is underway

Submission confirmation and processing is underway

Navigating the Direct Submit page

Instructors can use the Search Item field to locate submissions quickly. Instructors can filter entries based on Privacy (All, Shared, Private) or Database (All, Added, Not Added). The pagination at the bottom lets instructors view more submissions across several pages.

For each submission, instructors can view the following:

  • Item name
  • Processing status
  • Link to the Originality Report
  • Matching Score
  • Database status
  • Submission Date
  • Privacy status

Instructors can organize the table entries by:

  • Item Name (alphabetical order)
  • Matching Score (from highest to lowest or vice versa)
  • Submission Date (from newest to oldest)

Image 6. Direct Submit page

Direct Submit page

For administrators: This feature is available for all Ultra courses. Direct Submit for Original courses remains unchanged. SafeAssign Direct Submit is exclusively available to those with Instructor roles. Administrators must turn on SafeAssign for the Direct Submit option to appear in Books & Tools (Building Blocks, Installed Tools, SafeAssign).

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Delegated grading distribution by group membership – 3900.76

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors

Instructors sometimes distribute the grading workload for an assessment to multiple graders. This is a popular practice in larger classes. Instructors can assign graders to groups of students with the new delegated grading option. Each grader will only see the submissions made by students in the group(s) assigned to them.

Delegated Grading can be used with all available group types. This first release of Delegated Grading supports assignment submissions from individual students. Tests, group assessments, and anonymous submissions are not supported at this time.

After selecting the Delegated Grading option, select the appropriate Group Set. Instructors can assign one or more graders to each group in the group set. If multiple graders are assigned to the same group, they will share the grading responsibility for the group members.

Graders assigned to a group of students will only see submissions for those students on the assignment’s submission page. They can only post grades for their assigned group members. Any unassigned instructors enrolled in the course will see all student submissions on the assignment’s submission page. They also post grades for all students.

If you would like to delegate randomly to course graders, first set up a randomized Group Set.

At least one Group Set complete with Groups must be present in the course before using the Delegated Grading option.

Image 1. Instructor view of the assessment Settings panel with the Delegated Grading option enabled

nstructor view of the assessment Settings panel with the Delegated Grading option enabled

Image 2. Instructor view of the Delegated Grading interface where the Group Set to be used for distributing the grading workload is selected

Instructor view of the Delegated Grading interface where the Group Set to be used for distributing the grading workload is selected

Image 3. Instructor view of the Delegated Grading interface with a Group Set selected

Instructor view of the Delegated Grading interface with a Group Set selected

Image 4. Instructor view of how to align graders to a group to distribute the grading workload

Instructor view of how to align graders to a group to distribute the grading workload

Image 5. Instructor view of the completed delegated grading set up where all groups have been aligned to one or more graders

Instructor view of the completed delegated grading set up where all groups have been aligned to one or more graders

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

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Partial credit auto-distribution for correct answers for Multiple Choice questions – 3900.76

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors

Multiple-choice questions with more than one correct answer are valuable assessment tools. Also known as multiple-answer or multiple-select questions, these questions assess comprehensive understanding. They also promote deeper learning and higher-order thinking skills.

Some instructors wish to award partial credit for these question types. This practice awards students who have a partial understanding. It also fosters a positive learning experience.

In the past, instructors had to enter a value for partial credit percentage for each option. Now, we auto-distribute partial credit across correct answer choices. This distribution provides efficiency and saves instructors’ time. If desired, instructors can edit the values if some correct answer options warrant more or less credit. Values for correct answers must sum to 100%.

Image 1. Question credit auto-distributes across correct answer options; values can be edited

Question credit auto-distributes across correct answer options; values can be edited

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

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Deselect answer choice for Multiple Choice question – 3900.76

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Students

In the past, a student could select an answer choice for a multiple-choice question, change their mind, and mark another answer choice. However, the student wasn't able to deselect an answer choice to return the question to an unanswered state. Now, students can deselect an answer choice. Deselecting a choice is helpful when a student doesn't want to guess. Deselecting a choice also allows the student to skip the question and return to it using the unanswered questions filter.

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

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Communication & Collaboration

Send Reminder from Gradebook list and grid views – 3900.76

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

Part of effective teaching is student support. Instructors may want to send a reminder to students or groups who haven't yet made a submission for an assessment. To make this easy, we have added a "Send Reminder" option to items in the Gradebook.

Reminders is an option for all gradebook items, including LTI and third-party tools. Please note: Reminders can only be sent if you are enrolled in the course. The item must be visible to students and have no release conditions. Future updates will allow you to send reminders for items with release conditions.

From the Gradebook list view, this option is in the overflow menu.

Image 1. Send Reminder option from list view

Send Reminder option from list view

Instructors may access the "Send Reminder" option in the grid view by selecting the gradebook column header.

Image 2. Send Reminder option from grid view

Send Reminder option from grid view

Reminders are sent as a blind carbon copy to non-submitting students or groups as a course message.

Instructors can view the sent message in their course messages. If messages are off and the reminder is sent as an email, the instructor will receive a copy of the email.

When sending the reminder, the instructor will need to confirm their intent to send the reminder. The confirmation displays a count of the number of non-submitting students or groups who will receive the reminder.

Image 3. Send Reminder confirmation

Send Reminder confirmation

Image 4. Instructor view of the reminder as a course message

Instructor view of the reminder as a course message

For anonymous grading, non-submitting students receive the reminder via e-mail. This ensures that anonymity is preserved.

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

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Course/Organization Level Override option for Messages – 3900.76

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Administrators
Related topic: Messages

Some institutions want to allow instructors to set Messages options with a course or organization. In the past, administrators defined the default settings, but these couldn't be changed at the course or organization level. Now, administrators can choose to allow instructors to set the Messages options at the course or organization level.

Image 1. Administrator’s view of new Course and Organization Level Override option

Administrator’s view of new Course and Organization Level Override option

When the administrator selects the override option, the Messages Options appear in the Settings area of the course or organization.

Image 2. Instructor's view of Message Options from Course Settings

Instructor's view of Message Options from Course Settings

For administrators: This feature is available for all Ultra courses and organizations. This setting can be managed from the Administrator Panel >Tools & Utilities module > Messages.

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Gradebook

Anonymous comments in Bb Annotate – 3900.76

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

In some grading scenarios, instructors prefer their students not to identify the individuals offering feedback on their submissions. To enhance anonymity, graders can now post Bb Annotate comments without disclosing their names. Instructors have the option to mark inline comments as anonymous when creating them or even after comments are added.

Image 1. Setting a comment as anonymous while editing the comment

Setting a comment as anonymous while editing the comment

Image 2. Anonymous comment as seen by the student

Anonymous comment as seen by the student

For administrators: A new configuration option, "Enables anonymous comments in Bb Annotate", appears on the Ultra Experience Management page in the Administrator Panel. The default state is "off.” The feature will have a phased release that may occur after the release date.

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Sorting controls for manually added gradable Items – 3900.76

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors

Sorting controls help instructors organize and find the information in the gradebook. Instructors can now use sorting controls on the grades page for manually created items. The sorting controls enable sorting in both ascending and descending order. Instructors can sort the following information:

  • Student name
  • Grade
  • Feedback
  • Post status

The applied sorting order is temporary and resets when you leave the page.

Sorting controls can be applied to one column at a time. When you sort another column, items will order according to the selected column.

Image 1. Instructor view of sorting controls on the grades page for a manually added gradable item

Instructor view of sorting controls on the grades page for a manually added gradable item

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

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Copying grading schemas from course to course – 3900.76

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors

Instructors can now copy individual grading schemas from Ultra and Original courses to other Ultra courses. Previously, you had to copy all schemas from the Original course. From the new Grading Schemas folder on the Copy Items panel, you can select which schemas to copy.

A course may contain up to 100 grading schemas. If the number of selected schemas plus that already in the course exceeds this limit, the system will copy as many schemas as possible up to a total of 100. An informative banner alerts the instructor of this situation so they can take appropriate action.

Image 1. Grading Schema folder now appears as an option in Copy Items

Grading Schema folder now appears as an option in Copy Items

Image 2. Selected Grading Schemas to copy

Selected Grading Schemas to copy

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

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Learner Progression & Personalized Experience

Last access course alert default set to 15 days – 3900.76

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors

User feedback is key. Users told us that the frequency of access to Ultra courses depends on several factors, such as workload or class meetings recurrence. Previously, the default value for the "Number of days a student is inactive" was 5. Now, the default is 15. The alert for overall grade percentage is blank by default and is unchanged.

As before, instructors can adjust or remove course alerts.

The new default value of 15 applies to new courses and courses that did not have values set for course alerts. Course alerts values set in existing courses are maintained.

Image 1. Alerts Settings panel

Alerts Settings panel

For administrators: This feature is available for all Ultra courses. To view the Course Activity and Student Activity Details reports, the user role needs to have the “Course/Organization Control Panel (Grade Center) > View Grades” privilege.

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Student Activity report for Assessments enhancements for small devices and the Mobile app – 3900.76

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors
Related topic: Study Activity Details for Assessments

Instructors lead busy, on-the-go lives and access Learn from a variety of devices. To provide a better experience on small devices, we have added more capabilities for the Student Activity report for assessments. Instructors can access this report from their mobile devices with greater flexibility.

Now, in addition to a student’s name and grade, instructors can view student information on small screens:

  • Late submission indicator
  • Date opened
  • Date started
  • Attempts

Instructors can download the report in CSV format from small devices.

Image 1. Student Activity report for an assessment on a small screen

Student Activity report for an assessment on a small screen

The “Time to open” metric is no longer available in the Student Activity report. This metric was deprecated based on user feedback. The activity timeline chart is not available on small devices due to space restrictions. The messaging option from this report is planned for a future release.

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

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Integrations

Edit Settings for Partner Cloud Content Items – 3900.76

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors

Partner Cloud tools provide flexibility in content and assessment creation. This release includes improvements to partner cloud settings in Learn Ultra. Instructors can now edit these settings from the Ultra Course page.

The edit settings include:

  • Name/Title
  • Description
  • Visibility including Release Conditions
  • Option to Launch to the tool
  • Open in a New Window
  • Enable Class Conversation
  • Grade information if Partner Content is gradable
  • Goals & Standards

Image 1 and 2. Partner Cloud Edit Settings

Partner Cloud Edit Settings

If the Partner content is gradable, the due date and grade maximum are read-only. These are only configurable within the Partner Cloud tool.

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

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REST API to track content copy history – 3900.76

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

Understanding the copy history of course content is crucial to improve version control. Now users can retrieve a detailed history of content copies across different courses.

Administrators can use the endpoint GET /learn/api/public/v1/courses/{courseId}/contents/{contentId} to access course content. To retrieve the content copy history, include the "expand=copyHistory" parameter.

The "copyHistory" attribute contains a list of Content Copy history objects, each with two attributes:

  • contentId: Refers to the historical hierarchy of LTI content IDs
  • courseUuid: Refers to the corresponding course IDs from which the content was copied

For administrators: The required entitlements for Course Content API remain unchanged.

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REST API to access Gradebook dates – 3900.76

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

Users can now retrieve valuable date-related grading data. This provides a more effective experience when working with this API.

For the endpoint GET /learn/api/public/v2/courses/{courseId}/gradebook/columns, users will now have access to the following attributes:

  • Created: This attribute allows you to find out when a grade or gradebook column was created.
  • Modified: With this attribute, you can get the date when a grade or gradebook column was last modified.

For this, we have also introduced corresponding query parameters to allow filtering:

  • ?date_created= date: Use this query parameter to filter the results based on the creation date.
  • ?date_modified= date: This query parameter enables you to filter results based on the date of the last modification.

These query parameters allow users to tailor their API requests. This ensures that the data required for reporting or management purposes is obtained.

For administrators: These query parameters allow users to tailor their API requests. This ensures that the data required for reporting or management purposes is obtained. The required entitlements for Gradebook API remain unchanged.

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Mobile App

Messages tool availability settings respected in Mobile App – 3900.76

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Students

With this release, the mobile app aligns to the course settings for Messages. If Messages are "off" for the course, the Messages option is not displayed in the mobile app. This applies to both courses and organizations. When Messages are "on", the messages options for students are enforced on the app.

For administrators: This feature is available for all users of the Mobile App. No action is needed from users who have enabled automatic updates on their devices. Users who have disabled automatic updates on their devices must download the update.

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Inactive session termination warning in Mobile App – 3900.76

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

Terminating inactive sessions reduces the risk of unauthorized access to a user's account. When an administrator defines a timeout for inactive sessions, the auto-login option for the Mobile app does not renew the session. To improve the user experience, users are now alerted 6 minutes before the session expires. When the session expires, the user is logged out. If the app runs in the background, it counts as an inactive session.

Image 1. Notification appears 6 minutes before session termination

Notification appears 6 minutes before session termination

For administrators: Administrators can configure the time for inactive session termination from the Admin Panel > Security > Account Lock Settings. The default time a user can be inactive is 180 minutes (about 3 hours). The inactive time can be configured between 15 to 480 minutes. As before, session cleanup is a background task, so the ending of a session will be approximately the configured time, typically in a minute or two.

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Upgrade to Ultra

Canvas conversion improvements: Removed unnecessary Content Item/Document – 3900.76

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience, Original Experience
Ultra Course View, Original Course View
Impact: Instructors
Related topic: Migrate from Canvas

Canvas Modules convert to Content Areas in the Original Course View. The conversion created a Content Item inside the Content Area using the same title as the Content Area. The content item didn't contain any content. This created more work for users as they now needed to delete the unnecessary Content Item.

Image 1. Unnecessary Content Item with the same title as the Content Area

Unnecessary Content Item with the same title as the Content Area

Canvas Modules convert to Folders in the Ultra Course View. The conversion created a Document inside the Folder using the same title as the Folder. The Document didn't contain any content. This also created more work for users as they now needed to delete the unnecessary Document.

Image 2. Unnecessary Document with the same title as the Folder

Unnecessary Document with the same title as the Folder

Now the conversion process no longer creates unnecessary Content Items or Documents.

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

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Canvas conversion improvements: Preserving videos – 3900.76

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience, Original Experience
Ultra Course View, Original Course View
Impact: Instructors, Administrators
Related topic: Migrate from Canvas

In some cases, video files from Canvas were not coming over during conversion. We have resolved this issue for those converting to both Original and Ultra courses.

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

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September 2023 – 3900.74 Release

The September 2023 - 3900.74 release is robust with features in eight (8) areas:

  • AI Design Assistant;
  • Instructional design;
  • Flexible grading;
  • Gradebook;
  • Learner progression and personalized experience;
  • Integration;
  • Learn core and security; and
  • Mobile App

These improvements impact instructors, students, and administrators. Some features do require administrative action.

Instructors:

Instructors and students:

All users:

Administrators:


Artificial Intelligence (AI) Design Assistant

The potential uses of Artificial Intelligence are exciting. As we look to explore the benefits AI has to offer, we are prioritizing lawful, ethical, and responsible use. We have established our Trustworthy AI principles, where we commit to:

  • humans in control,
  • fairness,
  • privacy,
  • security and
  • safety to name a few.

We recommend reviewing the documents linked below as you consider using AI within Learn Ultra. These documents are designed to support your implementation, training, and policy setting as it relates to AI usage.

  • Our Trustworthy AI Principles can be found in our Trust Center.
  • Further information on the AI Design Assistant can be found on our help pages.
  • (Link on the item above still to be created, Legal is working on the content)

We chose to partner with Microsoft to provide this functionality for many reasons. A primary reason is that Microsoft has a long-standing commitment to the ethical use of AI. Please find helpful resources from Microsoft below:

 


Course structure suggestions – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors
Related topic: AI Design Assistant

Creating a course from the ground up can often feel like a daunting and time-intensive task. Some educators might find themselves without access to the necessary instructional design resources, leaving them in search of extra support.

Enter the AI Design Assistant—an innovative solution designed to tackle these very challenges. By harnessing the power of advanced AI, this assistant offers a helping hand in structuring your course. Drawing insights from the course's title, description, and contextual information, it effortlessly generates learning modules.

What sets the AI Design Assistant apart is its commitment to putting instructors in the driver's seat. Empowering educators, it allows for the provision of supplementary context, such as descriptive text or keywords. Instructors have the flexibility to add a title prefix—think "topic" or "unit"—infusing a personalized touch. Visual elements can also be seamlessly integrated, amplifying the learning experience.

In a testament to customization, instructors wield the ability to fine-tune the complexity of their content. Additionally, they can precisely dictate the quantity of learning modules to be generated, ensuring a tailored approach to their teaching journey.

Image 1: Option to auto-generate modules in an empty course

Option to auto-generate modules in an empty course

Image 2: Auto-generated modules with an option to select and add to the course

Option to auto-generate modules in an empty course

Image 3: Auto-generated modules added to the course

Auto-generated modules added to the course

All learning module images are automatically marked as decorative by default. The instructor has the ability to edit each learning module and add a specific alternative description if this image context is required.

On August 15, 2023, we will release to test/stage environments the option to generate images with the AI Design Assistant. We expect this to be a highly adopted feature. Service interruptions may occur during this time as we monitor usage. To ensure reliable use of this service, the usage data we gather may alter or defer our planned September production release of generating images.

On September 11th, 2023, we will release to production environments the option to generate course structure suggestions with the AI Design Assistant. This will need to be enabled by your system administrator and you'll need to belong to a course role with the appropriate privilege assigned.

For administrators: A new Building Block, AI Design Assistant and Unsplash, will be available after test/stage sites are updated to 3900.74. In Installed Tools, select Settings for AI Design Assistant and Unsplash. The default state is 'off.'  When this feature is ‘on,’ the privilege will need to be assigned to course roles as necessary, i.e. Instructor. The privileges that need assigning are ‘Search for images using Unsplash’ and ‘Use AI features’.

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Learning Module image integration options – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors
Related topic: Create Learning Modules

Learning modules serve as a strategic tool for structuring and curating course content. Elevating both the visual allure of the learning modules and the ease of content discernment is important. To help, we plan to provide two more options for integrating images into learning modules.

  • Search stock images from Unsplash. With this option, instructors can enter keywords to search for and select high-quality, royalty-free images. When enabled, the AI Design Assistant suggests keywords.
  • Generate images with the AI Design Assistant. Image generation leverages insights from the learning module description and other contextual cues in the course. To further empower instructors, they can describe the ideal image and regenerate images.

Image 1: Add image option when editing an existing or creating a new learning module

Add image option when editing an existing or creating a new learning module

Image 2: Enter keyword (s) and search stock images from Unsplash

Enter keyword (s) and search stock images from Unsplash

Note that images will automatically appear if your administrator activates “Generate keywords for Unsplash.”

Image 3: Generate images using AI Design Assistant

Generate images using AI Design Assistant

Once the ideal image is selected, the instructor can choose the focal point of the image.

Image 4: Select focal point of the image

Select focal point of the image

The image is marked as decorative by default. The instructor can untick ‘Mark the image as decorative’ and add specific alternative text.

Image 5: Image marked as decorative.

Image marked as decorative

On August 15, 2023, we will release to test/stage environments the option to generate images with the AI Design Assistant. We expect this to be a highly adopted feature. Service interruptions may occur during this time as we monitor usage. To ensure reliable use of this service, the usage data we gather may alter or defer our planned September production release of generating images.

For administrators: A new Building Block, AI Design Assistant and Unsplash, will be available after test/stage sites are updated to 3900.74. In Installed Tools, select Settings for AI Design Assistant and Unsplash. The default state is 'off.' When this feature is ‘on,’ the privilege will need to be assigned to course roles as necessary, i.e. Instructor. The privileges that need assigning are ‘Search for images using Unsplash’ and ‘Use AI features’.

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Rubric generation – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors
Related topic: AI Design Assistant

Grading rubrics offer a structured framework to assess student work. They ensure both fairness and consistency in grading. Moreover, they furnish students with clear directives to meet desired learning outcomes. However, crafting rubrics can be a time-intensive task. The AI Design Assistant can take the helm in rubric creation, drawing cues from course context. While retaining human-centered authority, instructors can define the rubric. This includes specifying details like descriptions (learning objectives or topics), rubric type (percentage, points, or range), complexity, and dimensions. The rubric remains open to review and refine, guaranteeing the instructor's input at every step.

Rubric generation is an option everywhere we support rubric creation.

Image 1: Generate rubric from a discussion

Generate rubric from a discussion

Image 2: Define the rubric

Define the rubric

Image 3: Name and otherwise edit rubric to add rows, columns, or edit cell descriptions

Name and otherwise edit rubric to add rows, columns, or edit cell descriptions

Image 4: Add generated rubric to a discussion

Add generated rubric to a discussion

On September 11th, 2023, we will release to production environments the option to generate rubrics with the AI Design Assistant. This will need to be enabled by your system administrator and you'll need to belong to a course role with the appropriate privilege assigned.

For administrators: A new Building Block, AI Design Assistant and Unsplash, will be available after test/stage sites are updated to 3900.74. In Installed Tools, select Settings for AI Design Assistant and Unsplash. The default state is 'off.' When this feature is ‘on,’ the privilege will need to be assigned to course roles as necessary, i.e. Instructor. The privileges that need assigning are ‘Search for images using Unsplash’ and ‘Use AI features’.

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Test question generation – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors
Related topic: AI Design Assistant

Crafting test questions from the ground up demands a significant amount of time. The AI Design Assistant steps in to offer test question suggestions, helping instructors reclaim valuable time. This resource is beneficial for both formative and summative assessments.

Image 1: Auto-generate question option in assessments

Auto-generate question option in assessments

Instructors can refine the suggested questions by adding a description. The description might be learning objectives or topics. Furthermore, instructors can handpick preferred question types. The innovative "Inspire me!" question type suggests a variety of question types that an instructor might not typically consider. The instructor can specify the desired level of complexity and number of questions.

Image 2: Define, select, and add questions to an assessment

Define, select, and add questions to an assessment

Image 3: Questions added to an assessment; instructors can edit as desired

Questions added to an assessment; instructors can edit as desired

On September 11th, 2023, we will release to production environments the option to generate test questions with the AI Design Assistant. This will need to be enabled by your system administrator and you'll need to belong to a course role with the appropriate privilege assigned.

For administrators: A new Building Block, AI Design Assistant and Unsplash, will be available after test/stage sites are updated to 3900.74. In Installed Tools, select Settings for AI Design Assistant and Unsplash. The default state is 'off.' When this feature is ‘on,’ the privilege will need to be assigned to course roles as necessary, i.e. Instructor. The privileges that need assigning are ‘Search for images using Unsplash’ and ‘Use AI features’.

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Question Bank generation from Ultra Documents – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors
Related topic: AI Design Assistant

The Ultra Document is a valuable way to present content. It seamlessly blends text and media components, enriching content presentation. With the aid of the AI Design Assistant, instructors can build question banks to gauge comprehension of the text-based elements within an Ultra Document. This streamlined process saves significant time. It also stands as a robust aid in shaping both formative and summative assessments.

Image 1: Generate a question bank from the text content of an Ultra Document

Generate a question bank from the text content of an Ultra Document

Instructors can select preferred question types or use the “Inspire me!” option. The instructor can specify the desired level of complexity and number of questions. After reviewing the questions, it’s a single click to publish the questions to the question bank.

Image 2: Define, select, and add questions to a question bank

Define, select, and add questions to a question bank

Image 3: Confirmation that the question bank creation with an option to navigate to the bank

Confirmation that the question bank creation with an option to navigate to the bank

From the question bank, the instructor can filter, search, and edit questions as desired.

Image 4: Generated question bank, with options to filter, search, and edit questions

Generated question bank, with options to filter, search, and edit questions

On September 11th, 2023, we will release to production environments the option to generate question banks from Ultra Documents with the AI Design Assistant. This will need to be enabled by your system administrator and you'll need to belong to a course role with the appropriate privilege assigned.

For administrators: A new Building Block, AI Design Assistant and Unsplash, will be available after test/stage sites are updated to 3900.74. In Installed Tools, select Settings for AI Design Assistant and Unsplash. The default state is 'off.' When this feature is ‘on,’ the privilege will need to be assigned to course roles as necessary, i.e. Instructor. The privileges that need assigning are ‘Search for images using Unsplash’ and ‘Use AI features’.

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Course banner images from Unsplash – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors
Related topic: Course Banner

The course banner image provides an important sense of identity for the course. We are expanding the image options for the course banner by introducing Stock Images from Unsplash. Instructors can enter keywords to search for high-quality, royalty-free images.

Image 1: Add image option when editing the display settings

Add image option when editing the display settings

Image 2: Enter keyword(s) and search stock images from Unsplash

Enter keyword(s) and search stock images from Unsplash

Images will automatically appear if your administrator has activated "Generate keywords for Unsplash." Once the ideal image is selected, the instructor can choose the focal point of the image.

Image 3: Select focal point of the image

Select focal point of the image

The image is marked as decorative by default. The course banner toggle is turned on. The instructor can untick ‘Mark the image as decorative’ and add specific alternative text.

Image 4: Image marked as decorative and course banner toggle set to on

Image marked as decorative and course banner toggle set to on

For administrators: A new Building Block, AI Design Assistant and Unsplash, will be available after test/stage sites are updated to 3900.74. In Installed Tools, select Settings for AI Design Assistant and Unsplash. The default state is 'off.' When this feature is ‘on,’ the privilege will need to be assigned to course roles as necessary, i.e. Instructor. The privileges that need assigning are ‘Search for images using Unsplash’ and ‘Use AI features’.

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Instructional Design

Auto-captioning for video and audio feedback – 3900.74

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

Ensuring accessible and inclusive experiences for our students is of paramount importance. We have taken a significant step forward by implementing automatic captioning for audio and video content used in assessment feedback and announcements. This feature enhances accessibility and fosters inclusivity. Auto-captioning also supports diverse language preferences, aligning with the user's chosen language in Learn.

Image 1: Auto-captioning within Learn Ultra Assessments

Auto-captioning within Learn Ultra Assessments

For administrators: This solution is available as part of your existing Learn license and will be on by default with no additional settings required.

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Batch Edit support for recursive actions – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors

Batch editing offers value by streamlining and expediting repetitive tasks. We have updated batch edit to now support recursion. Batch edit actions now apply to all items inside of Folders and Learning Modules.

Image 1: Items inside of Folders and Learning Modules are now included in selections

Items inside of Folders and Learning Modules are now included in selections

With this change, all items are now visible on a single page. We have added the ability to expand and collapse Folders and Learning Modules.

Instructors can now perform the following tasks much faster:

  • Shift Dates: Select all items and shift the dates forward before you adjust the dates for each item. This is helpful when needing to make sweeping date adjustments.
  • Adjust Visibility: Select all items and set them to visible or hidden. This is helpful after course copies, imports, or conversions. In some copy cases, items are hidden by default. Instructors may want to make them visible.
  • Remove date/time release conditions: Select all items and set them to visible or hidden. This is helpful when having trouble updating due dates. Due dates must be after the Show On date and before the Hide After date.

We have also made a couple of usability improvements:

  • Truncated Long Titles: Items with long titles would overlap with dates and times. Long titles are now truncated to prevent that from happening.
  • Fixed Table Header: Batch Edit was difficult to use with courses that had a lot of items. Users would need to scroll to the top of the page to see the column title. The table header now follows the user as they scroll down the page.
  • Replaced Dropdown: The batch edit actions available were not obvious. We have replaced the dropdown with individual buttons. The buttons do not become active until a user has selected items.

Users can select up to 100 items when performing a batch edit action.

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

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Copying Announcements – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors

Reusing content eliminates the need to create everything from scratch. This saves time and effort in the content development processes. To support reuse, instructors can now copy specific announcements or all announcements from another course. Instructors can copy Announcements from both Original and Ultra courses. When copied, each announcement will be set to draft.

Image 1: Instructors now have the option to copy announcements from Original and Ultra courses

Instructors now have the option to copy announcements from Original and Ultra courses

This change improves the course rollover process. Instructors no longer need to reschedule or delete announcements immediately after copying. Instructors can take their time reviewing announcements and adjusting as needed.

Image 2: Copied announcements are set to draft

Copied announcements are set to draft

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

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Flexible Grading

Flexible Grading support for tablets and other improvements – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors

Flexible Grading is a new, efficient assessment grading experience introduced in the August 3900.71 release. We are happy to now support Flexible Grading for instructors using tablet devices. When grading using the Flexible Grading experience from a table, only one of the side panels will be open at any time. Accessing another panel will collapse the other.

Image 1: Flexible grading view on a tablet

Flexible grading view on a tablet

Image 2: Tablet view – Students and Questions tabs

Tablet view – Students and Questions tabs

Image 3: Flexible Grading view of an essay question on a tablet

Flexible Grading view of an essay question on a tablet

We have also made changes to the on-hover and on-select states in the Students list. Now when an instructor selects a student card, the card is outlined in purple. When an instructor hovers over a student card, the card is outlined in grey. These changes help to reduce confusion about which student submission is in view on the main panel.

Image 4: Instructor hovers over student card when another student submission is in view (on-hover state with grey outline)

Instructor hovers over student card when another student submission is in view (on-hover state with grey outline)

Flexible Grading is best performant on large and medium screens using a browser.

For administrators: This feature is available in Ultra Experience Management from the 3900.71 release. The feature is on by default to ensure the Flexible Grading interface is available to users. You can turn off the Flexible Grading interface by setting this feature to Off.

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Gradebook

Reminder improvements for anonymous grading – 3900.74

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

Students may sometimes complete an assessment but fail to submit it. Instructors can send email reminders to non-submitters. In the past, it was unclear if all students received the emailed reminder. Now a banner informs instructors of the number of students who received the email reminder. Information for any student who did not receive the email due to an invalid or missing email address is also included.

Image 1: Instructor view - banner displays the number of students for whom the reminder was sent; the banner also notes the number of students who did not receive the email

Instructor view - banner displays the number of students for whom the reminder was sent; the banner also notes the number of students who did not receive the email

Image 2: Student view - email reminder now includes the due date

Student view - email reminder now includes the due date

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

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Learner Progression & Personalized Experience

Improved progress tracking for graded LTI content- 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors, Students
Related topics: Progress Tracking for Students

Accurate course progress tracking is key for both students and instructors. Some instructors include graded LTI content in their course. In the past, progress tracking for graded LTI content was only updated manually by the student. Now when a student submits their work, their progress status updates to "complete." This change ensures better reporting for instructors and accurate progress tracking for students.

Image 1: Graded LTI content is marked as complete after the student submits their work

Graded LTI content is marked as complete after the student submits their work

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

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Updated wording for course alerts in the Activity Stream - 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors

Consistency is key. In the past, we used different wording for course alerts on the Activity Stream versus the Course Activity report. Now activity stream notifications use the same wording as the course activity report.

Before, Activity Stream notifications used the following wording to count course alerts:

  • # Students are falling behind, # Falling, # Absent

Now, the wording for Activity Stream notifications is consistent with the wording on the Course Activity report:

  • Student alerts: # with low overall grade, # with last access alert

Image 1: Consistent wording for alerts in the Activity Stream

Consistent wording for alerts in the Activity Stream

For administrators: To view the Course Activity and Student Activity Details reports, the user’s role needs to have “Course/Organization Control Panel (Grade Center) > View Grades” privilege.

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Integrations

Google Workspace - Cloud File Collaboration - 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience, Original Experience
Ultra Course View, Original Course View
Impact: Instructors, Students
Related topics: Google Workspace (Administrator),
Google Workspace (Instructor)

Collaborative documents foster active engagement and dynamic interaction among participants. Instructors can now create a Google Workspace collaborative document.

Supported file types include:

  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides

Ultra Course View

In the Ultra Course View, Google Collaborate Document appears in the Create Item menu.

Image 1: Create a Google Collaborative Document

Create a Google Collaborative Document

Instructors may need to sign into a Google Workspace account to continue. Instructors can select an existing file or create a new file for collaboration.

Image 2: Create a new collaboration

Create a new collaboration

All student members of the course can access the file with permission to edit.

Image 3: Students can view the file inline and edit

Students can view the file inline and edit

Original Course View

In the Original Course View, a link appears in the Build Content menu and/or the add content button (+) in the content editor. The system administrator can decide the specific name in the Original Course View.

Image 4: Add Google Workspace Cloud Collaboration

Add Google Workspace Cloud Collaboration

An instructor can choose to create an item or edit an existing item and select the + symbol from the content editor. Select the “Google Cloud Collaboration document” to continue.

Image 5: Start a new Collaboration

Start a new Collaboration

Instructors may need to sign into a Google account to continue. Instructors can select an existing document or create a new file for collaboration. All student members of the course can access the file with permission to edit.

Image 6: Students can view the file inline and edit

Students can view the file inline and edit

For administrators: Please register the LTI Tool Provider in the Administrator panel. Only users in the same Google Workspace tenant can collaborate on documents.

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Turnitin support for Ultra Assignments (limited release) – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Instructors

For some clients, Turnitin plays a vital role in promoting ethical academic practices. Turnitin currently integrates with Ultra courses through their LTI 1.3 integration. By deepening the integration further, Turnitin can now be enabled directly on Ultra assignments. This allows student submissions to be matched against the Turnitin database.

Note: This is a limited release. Clients signed up and approved by Turnitin will gain access to the feature. Flexible Grading must be enabled to access the Originality Report scores.

A new option appears in the Assessment Settings panel to enable Turnitin.

Image 1: Instructor enables TurnItIn in Assessment Settings

instructor enables TurnItIn in Assessment Settings

Image 2: Student view - Originality Report in progress

Student view - Originality Report in progress

Image 3: Instructor view - originality score

Instructor view - originality score

For administrators: This feature is available in the Ultra Experience Management settings as “Asset Processor in Institution.”. The feature is off by default. Turn on the Turnitin Integration by setting this feature to On.

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Anthology Adopt powered by Pendo – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience, Original Experience
Ultra Course View, Original Course View
Impact: All users
Related topic: Anthology Adopt

It's important that we help institutions drive digital adoption of Learn Ultra. That's why we've created Anthology Adopt. Anthology Adopt allows institutions to create their own in-app messages and digital walkthrough guides in Learn. Institutions can segment these guides to targeted audiences for greater adoption. Anthology Adopt comes with a host of pre-created and defined guides that are updated each month based on each Learn release.

Institutions can analyze users' interactions of the guides. This supports customizations to further support adoption. Anthology Adopt is an additional license for Learn.

Image 1: Guides built in Anthology Adopt

Guides built in Anthology Adopt

Anthology Adopt provides users with different templates to build custom guidance in Learn. Font, colors and buttons are customizable. Users with Anthology Adopt permissions can access the Default Layouts page and create guides.

Image 2: Templates for building guides

Templates for building guides

Anthology Adopt also includes the following:

  • Option to segment pop-up messages to specific audience
  • Ability to analyze the users' interactions of the message prompted
  • Get support from our expert team

For administrators: Only users with a license will be able to create and publish guides in Learn. Institutions can acquire a license under the name of Anthology Adopt by contacting their account team for more information or requesting more information at https://www.anthology.com/contact-us/sales

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REST APIs to expand Rubric associations in Gradebook column endpoints – 3900.74

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

We aim to bring greater clarity and control to the grading process. As such, we have updated the Rubric API, which extends the capabilities of our Gradebook Columns API. This API includes rubric association information.

Now, when retrieving information about gradebook columns using the endpoints below, users gain insights into the rubric associations linked to each column:

  • GET /learn/api/public/v2/courses/{courseId}/gradebook/columns
  • GET /learn/api/public/v2/courses/{courseId}/gradebook/columns/{columnId}

By including the query parameter ‘?expand=rubricAssociations’  in the API requests, the user receives an enriched payload that includes rubric association information.

This enhancement contributes to better-informed decisions and improved assessment management for our users.

For administrators: To make use of the new endpoints, the REST integration user must have the following privileges: “Course/Organization Control Panel (Tools) > Rubrics > View Rubric”

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REST APIs to REST API to track the origin of courses – 3900.74

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

To provide greater clarity and increased control of your grading process, we have expanded our Courses Public API. Now this API includes a new ‘copyHistory’ field.

Using the following endpoints, users are able to trace the origin of content in cloned courses.

  • GET /public/v3/courses
  • GET /public/v3/courses/{courseId}

This read-only attribute will provide UuIds, offering a complete content history.

For administrators: To make use of the new endpoints, the REST integration user must have the following privileges: “Administrator Panel (Courses) > Courses”

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REST APIs to REST API to REST API to modify formulas for enhanced grading control – 3900.74

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

We have extended the capabilities of our Gradebook Columns API to provide greater flexibility in grading. Users can now change the formulas used in the grade calculations for the "Overall Grade" column. Users can update the formula by making a request to the following endpoint:

  • PATCH /public/v2/courses/{courseId}/gradebook/columns

This update ensures that the grading process aligns with specific institutional grading policies. This allows instructors to provide a more accurate representation of student performance.

For administrators: To make use of the new endpoints, the REST integration user must have the following privileges: “Course/Organization Control Panel (Grade Center) > Full Control”.
It is mandatory that the sum of weighted overall values for calculated grading items must equate to exactly 100%.

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Learn Core & Security

Messages restrictions and update to email copy of announcement option – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience
Ultra Course View
Impact: Administrators
Related topic: Messages

Institutions want control over the way Messages function in Courses and Organizations. To better support institutional policy and preferences, institutions can now determine messaging options:

  • Students can message anyone in their course
  • Students can only send a message to staff and students in their groups
  • Students can only send a message to staff
  • Students can only reply to messages

We also decoupled the Ultra Course Message Settings. Now an admin can configure the option to always send a copy of messages by email for Courses separately from Organizations. This option provides institutions with greater flexibility and control. This option is deselected by default.

Image 1. Administrator’s view of Ultra Course Message Settings

Administrator’s view of Ultra Course Message Settings

For administrators: This feature is available for all Ultra courses and organizations. This setting can be managed in the Administrator Tool Panel | Messages module. If in the Overall Message settings, the option “Students and participants can't create or reply to course and organization messages.” is selected, both Course & Organizations Messages options will not apply.

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Manage inactive session timeout – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS, Blackboard Learn 9.1
Ultra Experience and/or Original Experience
Impact: Administrators
Related topic: Session Management

In the past, administrators could not configure the inactive session time-out option from the Administrator Panel. Instead, administrators had to request changes through a support request. Now, administrators can configure the maximum time a user’s session can be inactive before they are logged out.

Image 1. Inactive session time-out configuration from the Administrator Tool Panel

Inactive session time-out configuration from the Administrator Tool Panel

For administrators: This setting can be managed in the Administrator Tool Panel | Security module | Account Lock Settings option. The default time a user can be inactive is 180 minutes (about 3 hours). The inactive time can be configured between 15 to 480 minutes. As before, session cleanup is a background task, so the ending of a session will be approximately the configured time, typically within a minute or two. Compatibility with the Blackboard Mobile App is planned for a future release.

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Mobile App

Grades landing page improvement – 3900.74

Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience and/or Original Experience
Ultra Course View and/or Original Course View
Impact: Instructors, Students

Grade information is one of the most important data points for instructors and students. The latest update to our mobile app brings an improvement to the grades landing page. With this update:

  • Students can now see their overall grade on the grades landing page.
  • Instructors can now see the overall course grade on the landing page.

These changes aim to enhance the user experience and provide a more streamlined way to access grade information.

Image 1. Grades landing page that allows both instructor and students see the overall grade for a course

Grades landing page that allows both instructor and students see the overall grade for a course

For administrators: This feature is available for all users of the Mobile App version 8.8. No action is needed from users who have enabled automatic updates on their devices. Users who have disabled automatic updates on their devices must download the update.

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