Over the Fall 2013-2014 break, LaGuardia will be upgrading Blackboard to
version 9.1 Service Pack 13 (SP13). This upgraded version of Blackboard
includes many instructor-requested improvements, some of which are
Available at all times in the top right corner of Blackboard, the new
Global Navigation menu provides one-click access to your courses,
organizations, settings, help, and the new My Blackboard tools. You can
see these new tools down the left-hand side of the menu, and the numbers
in red tell you if there’s something new or that needs your attention.
For more information, please watch the Global Navigation and My Blackboard tutorial.
Blackboard’s old Visual Text Box Editor has been replaced with a new,
standards-based Content Editor that improves the user experience for
entering text, pasting content from Microsoft Word, and adding,
embedding, or attaching new content. Blackboard’s legacy WebEQ equation
editor has also been replaced with a new MathML equation editor (WIRIS)
that no longer requires Java and that supports the non-destructive
editing and display of LaTeX formulas. For more information, please
watch the New Content Editor tutorial.
With one click, you can now record directly from your web cam and add
the video to your Blackboard course. You can also reuse and repurpose
videos throughout your course – from blogs to discussion boards to
instructor feedback. For more information, please watch the Video Everywhere tutorial.
The Retention Center, which replaces Blackboard’s Early Warning
System, lets you quickly pinpoint student performance problems and take
action. Intuitive risk factor categories quickly alert you to trends so
that you can take action quickly, and you can easily tailor your own
alert rules to spot student performance problems or issues at the onset.
For more information, please watch the Retention Center tutorial.
Blackboard has overhauled the entire Discussions interface and added
new functionality. The entire discussion thread appears on a single
page, keeping posts and replies in context. Conditional formatting also
helps students effortlessly find instructor posts. For more
information, please watch the Discussion Boards tutorial.
Blackboard’s new Calendar tool lets you spend less time organizing
your calendar and more time doing what’s on it. Course items created
with due dates are automatically added to your course calendar. Change a
due date in a course or drag the due date on the calendar to a new date
and time, and the item is automatically updated. You can also export
Blackboard’s calendar to third-party calendars like Outlook or Google.
For more information, please watch the Calendar Feature tutorial.
The Needs Grading View provides you with an instant, streamlined view
into the items that need to be graded in their course. Once you grade
one student’s work, in just one click you can easily navigate to the
next assignment that needs to be graded, all without having to go back
to the GradeCenter to enter grades.
The experience of the Test Canvas and Create/Edit pages has been
improved to make the process of adding questions more efficient for you.
Whether it’s creating another question of same type, or easily
positioning them, the new enhancements eliminate steps, saving you
time. Using Test Availability Exceptions, you can override the default
test settings to create exceptions like providing a certain student or
groups of students more time for a test, additional attempts, or
different start/end dates. You can also decide what feedback options
are displayed to students and when.
Item Analysis helps you refine assessments by evaluating the quality
and validity of each question. Far better than the usual frequency and
distribution reports, item analysis reports provide discrimination
statistics that allow you to identify questions that are poor
performers, diagnose the problem, and then fix it in a streamlined
workflow. Thanks to the automatic re-grading feature, you can easily
edit the test from the same page and change a question, its answers or
its value, even if students have already completed the assessments. And
the corrected score flows automatically into the Grade Center. For more
information, please watch the Item Analysis tutorial.