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Blackboard LMS Upgrade: New Features & Known Issue Fixes

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Blackboard Q2 2017 CU 5

Implemented March 27, 2018

Blackboard Learn upgrades include multiple new and enhanced features, improved workflows, technology updates, and known issue fixes.

Highlighted New Features

Drag and Drop Files:

When instructors create content items, assignments, and web links, they can drag files from their computers to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. Students may also drag files to upload when submitting assignments.

Additional drag and drop locations: Content Collection, Content Editor, Blank Page, Blogs, Journals, and Portfolios. Also, if the browser allows, users can drag a folder of files and the files will upload individually.

Submission Confirmation Receipts:

Administrators and instructors can keep track of all student submissions, regardless of whether the attempt or assignment is deleted or the submission history is changed. A submission receipt is captured at the time of submission and includes information such as attached file information, date, time, etc. This feature provides evidence for academic disputes, giving students assurance about their work.

Instructors are able to access this Submission Receipts by going to Full Grade Center > Reports > Submission Receipts.

Students are able to receive email notifications as well as view their submission receipts via the My Grades Area.

Learn More: Student assignment submission confirmations

Grade Center

Zooming out (Ctrl+-) in your browser view will allow more grade columns to simultaneously display on screen.  


Instructors can send email reminders from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missed coursework. Students receive a system-generated email that lists the course, coursework, and the due date if included.

Fewer Needs Grading Items:

When multiple-attempt assessments are set to calculate using the first or last attempt, there are potentially numerous other attempts that will never be used for the grade calculation. This can be particularly problematic in anonymous or delegated grading scenarios where it can be difficult to determine which attempts are associated with students and therefore require grading. A new filter is now available both in the Needs Grading workflow as well as within the Grade Center to show or hide these attempts. Attempts that won't calculate towards the assessment grade are now indicated with an icon.

Course Activity Report Enhancement:

The Course Activity Overview report has been updated to improve the experience for larger enrollment courses. Instructors can filter the report and break down the calculations of student activity by course groups.


Highlighted Known Issue Fixes

Q2 2017:

  • My Courses Only Shows the First 99 Alphabetically Listed Courses on the Edit Course List
  • Group by Term and Hiding All Courses In a Visible Term Breaks Global Nav Menu From a Tab Displaying My Courses
  • Link to Discussion Board not Displaying Description Text Below Link
  • Grade Center Columns Percentage Displays Extra Decimal Places

Q4 2016:

  • Batch Already Begun Appears when My Courses Module Groups by Term and Hides a Course in a Term
  • Multiple Choice Answers can be Removed from a Question While Tests are in Progress
  • Assignment with Future Due Date does not Display in To Do Module


Article ID: 49915
Fri 3/9/18 9:27 AM
Thu 3/29/18 3:45 PM

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