Beginning on Friday, May 18 at 12:30, we started our update from Service Pack 3 to Service Pack 7. As of 7:30 am on Saturday, May 19, the upgrade was completed.
So far, we have only seen a small set of issues arise from the upgrade and we are dealing with them. If you are one of our instructors and you find something to be broken or acting quirky in Blackboard, please feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some of the new features that accompany this upgrade:
When creating a rubric, instructors can assign weights to categories, allowing the same rubric to be used across multiple items with different possible points. Rubrics can be imported and exported for use across courses.
Instructors can associate rubrics when creating gradable content items, including Blogs, Journals, Wikis, Discussion Boards, Assignments, and short-answer, file-response, or essay questions in tests and pools. Rubrics can be associated with multiple items, and all associations can be viewed from the Rubric tool. Multiple rubrics can be associated with an item. The rubrics can be visible to students at any time, or only after grading has been completed.
Instructors can interact with any associated rubric for grading in a grid or list view, and Feedback can be typed for each criteria as well as the entire assessment. Grades calculated using rubrics can be overridden. When a rubric has been used for grading, a report is available to view the results of all content graded with that rubric.
Improvements to Needs Grading
Gradable Blogs, Journals, Wikis, and Discussion Board activity can appear in Needs Grading status in the Grade Center and on the Needs Grading page. When an instructor chooses to make an interactive tool gradable, they will also have the option to choose how many interactions will place the item in needs grading status. A Discussion Board forum, for instance, might be set to only appear in Needs Grading status after a student has made three posts, rather than with each individual post.
Attempt information for timed assessments includes details on how much time the student spent on the attempt versus how much time was allotted. Instructors can choose to make the timed assessment save and submit automatically when the timer expires, or to allow the assessment to continue beyond the allotted time.
Feedback for each answer is now available for Multiple Answer questions.
SCORM Engine Integration
Through a co-development partnership with Rustici Software, a new SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) content player is integrated into Blackboard Learn. This feature will provide users a stable and reliable platform for SCORM content. Along with the new content player is a new report available through the Control Panel to show activity and progress.
Resolved Issues with Course Copy
Three common issues has been resolved that should make Course Copy a more reliable tool. First of all, the issue has been resolved where Course Copy did not copy across course files that were not linked to content items or Pages within the source course. Second, the issue has been resolved where courses copied into an existing course duplicated Grade Center Smart Views. Third, course copy will now correctly copy folders within course files into a new course.
Support for Common Cartridge
Common Cartridge 1.0 and 1.1 are integrated into Blackboard Learn. Course content packages saved in this standard can be imported into Blackboard and course content created in Blackboard can be exported as Common Cartridge packages.
Important Note: Cartridges exported from Blackboard are automatically exported in Common Cartridge 1.0 unless the Export as Common Cartridge 1.1 box is checked. In which case, the export is saved as Common Cartridge 1.1.