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June 2014

On June 8, 2014, ITS will apply Service Pack 14 to our Blackboard system.  This release offers several new and enhanced features that are briefly described below. 
Keep an eye on our Workshops Schedule (link above) for additional sessions focusing on the new Blackboard features.

Watch this video for a glimpse of what's in the new Blackboard.

Features Showcase – Browse all of Blackboard's new features by category.  Note, not all features shown here are available in UAlbany's Blackboard system.

The following features will be available to support online teaching and learning beginning June 8. 

Click items below for more details:

Note: The Release Notes include overview of features and updates pertaining to the entire Blackboard system, including security enhancements, system administration tools, and features for faculty and students.  Some of the updates or enhancements described may not be relevant for everyone.  Some capabilities may not be enabled for our version of Blackboard.

SP 14 Release Notes

Now you can set your Notification Settings to provide a personal email alert when instructors or students post new Messages in your courses.

Instructors, use the Date Management tool to update due dates and availability dates of your course assignments all on one page.

A number of new options have been introduced, including better filtering and ordering options for students on My Grades, ability for instructors to update total points for tests from within the Grade Center, and Grading Schemas that allow the maximum letter grade based on values exceeding 100% (extra credit).

The Groups page now has better workflows to allow you to add groups and make updates more easily.

With all of the markup options now available right within Blackboard, more screen real estate was needed.  The updated Inline Grading tool offers and expanded screen view that makes it easier to read and markup student work.  Also, Inline Grading page layout is now available for other gradable tools such as Discussions, Blogs, Wikis, and Journals!

Need more help? Contact the ITS Service Desk.