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Highlights of Enhancements on Blackboard 9.1! (Last Updated: 05/15/2015)

Student Preview Mode (full tutorial is here)

You can view your course exactly as a student does by using a student account the system generates for you. The student preview button is located on the top right side of the page of your course:


SafeAssign Integration with Assignments (full tutorial is here)

SafeAssign is now integrated into regular Blackboard assignments. With the integration between SafeAssign and regular assignments, you can select to have SafeAssign check for plagiarism in the student’s submitted papers, add a rubric to the assignment as well as use the Blackboard inline grading tool.


Delegated Grading (full tutorial is here)

You can assign specific users in your course, such as Teaching Assistants, another Instructor or a guest instructor, to grade particular sets of student assignment submissions.


Anonymous Grading (full tutorial is here)

You can now enable anonymous grading during the creation stage of the assignment submission link. This new feature allows you to eliminate grading bias for high-stake assignments, for example.

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Blackboard Collaborate Launcher (full tutorial is here)

Bb Collaborate’ files (play.jnlp) are no longer opened with Java. Users (Instructors and Students) must download the Bb Collaborate Launcher to access Bb Collaborate. The Blackboard Collaborate Launcher is a utility for Windows and Mac. It provides a convenient and reliable way for you to launch your Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing sessions and recordings. When you click Join Room on the Room Details page or a recording link in the Recordings table, Blackboard Collaborate checks to see if you have the launcher installed in your computer. If you do not, Blackboard Collaborate prompts you to download it.

Click on these images to download the Collaborate Launcher for MAC or Windows systems

                         MAC iOS Version                                                       Windows Version


Test Availability Exceptions (full tutorial is here)

You can make test availability or test timing exceptions for individual students or groups. This feature will allow you to provide an accommodation to a student with a disability, or for technology and language differences.

Test Results and Feedback to Students (full tutorial is here)

In the Show Results and Feedback to Students section, you can set which results and feedback are available to students after they complete a test or survey. You can set one or two rules using the drop-down lists. You cannot choose some rules in combination. After you select a rule in the first drop-down list, some may not appear in the second drop-down list.


Due Date and Late Submissions (full tutorial is here)

To prevent late submissions, you can select the check box for Do not allow students to start the Test/Survey if the due date has passed. Students receive a message after the due date, notifying them that the test or survey can no longer be completed. This way, after a course copy, you can update only the due date of the test instead of updating the display after/until dates.


Test Access Log (full tutorial is here)

Instructors and other users who are granted permission in the course can view a test attempt's Access Log for a list of times of various student interactions with the test. The log can help to confirm whether a student began a test or ran into problems during a test.



Date Management Tool (full tutorial is here)

From one convenient location, you can use the date management tool to easily adjust all content and tool dates in your course. Accessed on the Control Panel in the Course Tools section, you can choose to adjust dates automatically or individually.



Content Editor Spell Checker (full tutorial is here)

The Content Editor Spell checker tool is now ON by default, which allows the tool to highlight the misspelled words as you type. Unfortunately, the ability to “add to dictionary” is not here yet.


Bb Grader iPad (iOS) App (full tutorial is

The Bb Grader App provides a mobile solution for reviewing, providing feedback, and grading student submissions to Blackboard Assignments.




  Important Note about Email sent from your Bb courses to students:
When you write an announcement in your Bb course and your check the option to have it emailed to your students, the email would show up to your students FHSU Gmail Inbox as:

do-not-reply@blackboard.com [Course ID & Course Name]

Here is an example:

Despite it says “do-not-reply@blackboard.com”, the student can hit the reply button and email you back with no problem. You will get their email in your FHSU email inbox. This is a current bug that Blackboard is working on it to have it fixed soon.

For detailed tutorials on these items and more, visit our Blackboard Tutorials for Faculty page or Blackboard on Demand Learning Center.

Please remember that you can always submit your own product enhancements or suggestions to Blackboard via Blackboard Product Suggestion Box.

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