The University of Windsor is upgrading the Blackboard Learning Management System on December 22, 2017, and will be offline from 7:00 am until noon. Below is a summary of the new features. Enhancements and features that will come with this upgrade include:

December 2017 Updates

  • Several bug fixes and security improvements
  • Assignments - inline grading tool conversion preparations. In order to facilitate the change of service from the existing tool called “Crocodoc” to the “New Box View” service, the LMS Team has to install software supports. The actual conversion of existing annotated documents won’t occur until the first week of January. This only affects instructors using the annotation functionality in assignments. More on this change in the University of Windsor's Online Help Article Changes to Inline Grading-Effective January 2018
  • Grade display standardization - all gradebook columns online, download, and in My Grades support up to 5 decimals, are not rounded, and are consistent for Score and percentage display types. The % symbol has been removed from cells in the offline download file to ensure values are not rounded.

Major Changes to August 2017 Update

  • Improvements to the infrastructure to improve performance and stability
  • New theme to provide an improved look and feel for the environment. For more information about the new theme, please visit Blackboard's article on the Learn 2016 theme.
  • Consistency between Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and the Blackboard app.
  • Support for Accessibility designed with WCAG 2.0 principles for structure, colour contrast and navigation
  • Improvements to the mobile apps including better look and feel, responsiveness for small devices
  • Time saving features including drag-and-drop options when creating content
  • Core teaching and learning tool improvements
  • A highly requested feature that was present in our previous learning management system, Sakai was for students and instructors to receive confirmation when an assignment is successfully submitted. Submission receipts accessible from the Grade Centre Reports menu for student submissions such as assignments, including date, time, attached file information
  • Instructors can send Reminders from a Grade Centre column for students missing work to help improve retention
  • Rubric tool export and import options function now

Minor Changes to the August 2017 Update

  • New filter for the Needs Grading feature for items that don’t contribute to a user’s grade, such as multiple attempts on an assignment
  • Improvements to the Content Collection search capabilities
  • Default Language pack will be the US pack (due to better quality control options)
  • Improvements to the Self and Peer Assessments tool which can now exclude non-participants, and adds the ability to configure to individual groups using Adaptive Release
  • New course activity reports that include the ability to filter a report and break down student activity by course groups
  • Cancel & Submit buttons