Below are some of the new features and enhancements that you will be able to take advantage of once the upgrade is complete on August 19, 2017.
Drag and Drop - After the upgrade, you’ll see a “hot spot” denoted by a dashed outline in the Attach Files section of a number of tools such as items, assignments, and web links which will allow you to drop files from your computer right onto the web page. Students will also be able to use this functionality in areas such as assignment submission. More details are here:
Collaborate Ultra - This new version of Blackboard Collaborate features a clean and modern design that does not require Java, making it even easier to collaborate with your students through a simple and convenient web conferencing tool that allows you to engage with the material and your students in real-time. Collaborate Ultra features a wide variety of tools such as an interactive whiteboard and application sharing in addition to the more traditional voice, video, and chat. Break-out groups and polling further enhance the learning experience through this tool while mobile access, a phone bridge, and recording capability ensure that all students can take part in the learning. Find out how to get started here:
Reminders - This new feature will allow you to quickly and easily send reminders to students with missing coursework right from your Grade Center. The system-generated email will be sent to any student who has not submitted work or is missing a grade for a particular item. The email will include the course name, the missing coursework, and the due date if set. Reminders can be used for assignments, tests, and even manually added columns. More details are here:
Submission Receipts - When a student submits an assignment, a receipt will be generated including assignment information, file name and size, date, and time. This data will be available to you from the Reports menu within your Grade Center. A confirmation number will be generated for each submission even if there are multiple or deleted attempts. More details are here:
Fewer Needs Grading Items - This new feature will filter items from Needs Grading as well as the Full Grade Center when you have assignments that allow multiple attempts and are set to calculate using the first or last attempt. The filter will allow you to hide the extraneous attempts to streamline grading. The attempts that will not be calculated will be indicated with an icon and can be shown if you’d like. More details are here: