Updates

The University of Windsor is upgrading the Blackboard Learning Management System on August 24, 2017. Below is a summary of the new features. For more information about this new release, consult the release notes for Learn 9.1 Q4 2016. Enhancements and features that will come with this upgrade include:

Major Changes

  • 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

  • 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