Blackboard Upgrade 9.1 2014

UIC upgraded to the latest version of Blackboard Learn on December 19- 20, 2014 to provide a number of new features and to improve the overall performance. General information about what’s new in Blackboard Learn is available on Blackboard’s website.
The table below highlights some of the new features and its related documentation. We recommend that you become familiar with these features. You can join face-to-face workshops and informational webinars by registering online. Additionally, your academic department or program can request a tailored session by contacting the Instructional Technology Lab at

Release 9.1, 2014 Description Learn More
New Anonymous & Delegated Grading When creating assignments, instructors can choose to hide student names when viewing and grading submissions. Instructors can also delegate grading to one or more users with grading privileges to promote reliability and remove bias.  Anonymous Grading
Delegated Grading
New Significant Figures Added In calculated formula test questions, instructors can define the number of significant figures required in the automatic generation of answer sets and in the automated grading process. In the past, instructors could specify only the number of decimal places. Calculated Forumla
Improved Student Preview for Instructors Instructors can view their course exactly as a student does by using a student account the system generates for them. New Student Preview
Improved Portfolio Capabilities Portfolios are now accessed from the global navigation and have a new authoring canvas. Instructors can create portfolio assignments. Numerous behaviors around portfolio authoring, layout, and design have changed in the new portfolio framework. Legacy portfolios may not look exactly the same in the new portfolio framework as they did in the legacy portfolio framework. You may see changes to page layout and, most significantly, to the visual design of the portfolio. Portfolios
New SafeAssign Integration SafeAssign is now integrated into regular Blackboard Learn assignments. SafeAssign Integration Video
Improved SafeAssign Originality Report 
  • The report has been updated with a new look and feel. 
  • The email option has been removed. Each source now has a color unique to the source.
  • By default, all citation source highlighting is on. 
  • The report layout has been improved for narrow screens. 
  • Instructors click Select Sources and Resubmit to determine which sources they want to include in the next report. By default, all sources are included. Instructors can clear the check box for each source to exclude from the results. This behavior is the reverse of previous releases.
  • The page instructors are redirected to after resubmitting a paper has been updated to be more in line with the styling of the new report.
SafeAssign Originality Report
Improved Calendar Any courses you hide in the My Courses module on the My Institution page will also be hidden in the Calendars list. Calendar
Improved Content Editor Building Block Spellcheck is on by default New Content Editor Video
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December 20, 2014