This weekend Blackboard will be upgraded to the latest version. A number of exciting new features will be available along with an updated interface. Initial load testing suggests our new Blackboard installation will be the fastest yet. This page summarises what staff and students at the University of Southampton need to know.
Blackboard’s Retention Centre alerts instructors to students who meet rules that may indicate their educational experience is at risk.
Risk alerts are highlighted in Blackboard Global Navigation, so that instructors are made aware of such issues as soon as they login.
When we upgrade Blackboard this summer a key benefit will be updates to the Blackboard Assignment Feature. While we also have TurnItIn available within Blackboard some customers also use the assignment feature that is built in to Blackboard. Blackboard has added some new aspects to this feature, namely online marking, delegated marking, anonymous marking and rubrics. Documentation on how to use these will be available following our upgrade. Below is a summary of the new features and how they look.
When we upgrade Blackboard this summer a key benefit will be the new “Student Preview” feature.
Student preview is a feature that allows Blackboard course instructors to review their course in the exact same way as a student.
When we upgrade Blackboard this summer a new feature of interest will is named “Video Everywhere”. Video Everywhere allows you to embed a video recorded from your web cam into any Blackboard content area.
Within the text editor is an icon to access your web cam.
When we upgrade Blackboard this summer a key benefit will be the new “Global Navigation” feature.
Blackboard’s “Global Navigation” is an area that is always shown at the top right corner wherever you are in Blackboard. Beside your name a number appears telling you how many notifications there are for you to view regarding news about and changes to your Blackboard courses.
Global Navigation will be accessed by clicking on the downward pointing arrow beside one’s name at the top right of the Blackboard screen.
When we upgrade Blackboard this summer you will be able to change the colour scheme used within your course with two clicks.
With the new version of Blackboard, instructors will have the opportunity to change the colour scheme of their course from a preset selection. This can be accessed by clicking on the theme icon and choosing a theme from the drop down list that appears.
When we upgrade Blackboard this summer, there will be a number of updates to the user interface. Blackboard has listened to feedback from users who found the user interface too cluttered.
The main theme of the new interface is to only see icons when you need to, rather than seeing them all the time.
Watch this video to find out about the updated interface with a focus on the drag and drop “handles”.
Below follows more detailed explanation and screenshots.