Blackboard's New Look for Spring Semester
On Saturday, Nov. 11 from 1:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Blackboard will be unavailable while maintenance is performed. During this maintenance, UC will move to newer servers, which will aid in the installation and use of the impending Blackboard upgrade that will take place in December.
On Dec. 15, Blackboard will adopt a new theme that will bring more features along with a new and improved look.
On Friday, Dec. 15, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Blackboard will be unavailable as an upgrade is performed. This upgrade will adopt the “Learn 2016” theme, which features an updated visual appearance. This new theme will introduce minor changes to the color, fonts, and spacing.
More features of the upgrade include:
- New, modern look and feel
- Improved mobile experience
- Improved Discussion Board Functionality
- Assignment Submission receipts
- Drag and drop file attachments
- Additional accessibility improvements
Features of the upgrade
Improved Ease-of-use (Fewer Clicks) Expand
Drag and drop files
You can now quickly and easily drag and drop files from your desktop to the “hot spot” in the Attach Files area to upload them. Students can also drag and drop files to upload when they submit assignments.
Course Activity Report Enhancement
To help simplify the management of large enrollment courses, this report can now be filtered to break down the calculations of student activity by course groups.
Discussion Board Thread-to-thread Navigation
You and your students can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussions page. This improvement will save you time by reducing the number of clicks.
Grading Improvements (including Inline Assignment Grading) Expand
New Box View
Blackboard’s inline grading function currently utilizes a cloud-based service, Crocodoc, to render student assignments in the instructor’s web browser. After the upgrade, this cloud-based service will be replaced with New Box View. New Box View offers several improvements over Crocodoc, including improved rendering fidelity and expanded support for new file types for file types such as text-based documents; image, video and audio files; 3D files; and more.
Additionally, the annotation function has changed with New Box View. With this new upgrade, instructors will not be able edit or remove existing Crocodoc annotations in New Box View. However, these annotations for previously graded submissions will still be viewable, as the annotations are “burned” into a PDF during migration.
Keep track of all student submissions, regardless of whether the attempt or assignment is deleted or the submission history is changed. A submission receipt gives students assurance about their work and can provide you evidence for academic disputes.
Missing course work reminders
You can now send email reminders directly from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework.
Grade Center improvements
When multiple-attempt assessments are set to calculate using the first or last attempt, a new filter is available both in the Needs Grading workflow and the Grade Center to show or hide other non-counted attempts.
Accessibility Improvements & Mobile updates Expand
New, modern look & feel with an improved mobile experience
A new theme modernizes the overall look and feel of Learn with updated colors, fonts, and spacing. Plus, the new theme optimizes Learn for mobile devices providing a much improved, more enjoyable mobile experience.
Additional accessibility enhancements
Discussion boards, assessments, grading journals, and the content editor have all been enhanced to improve accessibility.