UIC is upgrading 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. Please note that the system will be down December 19 and December 20 while the new release is installed.
In preparation for the upgrade, the most current release, 9.1 2014, has been installed on a testing environment. The server with your active courses currently uses an older version of Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1 Service Pack 13, and is available at uic.blackboard.com. 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 before the next semester starts. 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 email@example.com.
|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
|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||
||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|
November 18, 2014