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Highlights of Enhancements on Blackboard 9.1! (Last Updated: 05/15/2015)
Student Preview Mode (full tutorial is here)
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
SafeAssign Integration with Assignments (full tutorial
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)
assign specific users in your course, such as Teaching Assistants, another
Instructor or a guest instructor, to grade particular sets of student
Anonymous Grading (full tutorial is here)
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.
Blackboard Collaborate Launcher (full tutorial is here)
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.
these images to download the Collaborate Launcher for MAC or Windows systems
iOS Version Windows
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
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
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
Test Access Log (full tutorial is here)
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)
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 here)
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:
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:
[Course ID & Course Name]
Here is an
Despite it says “email@example.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.