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What's New in Learn

The following tables will help you to get familiar with the new features available for instructors with Blackboard Learn 9.1.

You can also check out BlackboardTV, the Blackboard YouTube channel, to view dozens of Blackboard Learn video tutorials. This includes the Instructors: How-To and Beyond playlist. (These resources are available in English only).

Learn 9.1 Q4 2015

Learn 9.1 Q4 2015 Changes
Feature Description To Learn More
Goal Performance Dashboard A competency-based education Building Block to map goals to courses within Learn. The Goal Performance Dashboard evaluates evidence of competencies individually, allowing for true measurement of mastery. Instructor
Grades Journey Grades Journey integrates your institution's Student Information System with Learn. Grades Journey allows you to exchange grade information between two separate systems.  
PowerSchool SIS Integration As part of the innovative classroom, SIS Central two-way integration is now available for PowerSchool customers who license Blackboard Learn 9.1 October 2014 release or higher. SIS Central Product Information

Learn 9.1 December 2014 Changes

Learn 9.1 December 2014 Changes
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Chegg Study Partner Cloud Integration Instructors can add Chegg Study materials to their courses for student to access.



Learn 9.1 October 2014

Learn 9.1 October 2014 Instructor Features
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Blackboard Store Instructors can find, compare, and assign materials from the largest online catalog of commercial and open educational content. Students can easily purchase required course materials at competitive prices via personalized shopping lists and quick access from within Blackboard Learn. Blackboard Store
Calendar Individual users now have more choice about how their calendars are formatted both in the calendar tool and when making date selections. They can alter the first day of the week that starts the calendar view in month and week views.

Users can also now choose the Hijri Islamic lunar calendar.

There is now a course list filter in the calendar.

Content Editor The Content Editor spell check option is now ON by default. Content Editor
Video Everywhere Blackboard Learn has integrated with OAuth 2.0. With this update users are able to seamlessly use several video features within Learn without authentication issues. Video Everywhere

October 2014 Changes

October 2014 Changes
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Bb Grader App The Grader App provides instructors with a mobile solution for reviewing, providing feedback, and grading student submissions to Blackboard Learn assignments. Bb Grader App

Learn 9.1 April 2014

Learn 9.1 April 2014 Instructor Features
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Assessments: Significant Figures In calculated formula questions, instructors can select the number of decimals or significant figures for the correct answers generated by the system. Calculated Formula Questions
Blackboard Collaborate Building Block The Blackboard Collaborate Launcher is now available to Windows users, giving them parity with Mac users. This utility provides a convenient and reliable way to launch Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing sessions and recordings. Blackboard Collaborate Launcher
Financial Aid Reporting Generate reports of student academic contribution within a single or multiple courses in Blackboard Learn 9.1. Course Reports
Grading: Anonymous Grading Instructors can hide student names from submitted assignments for anonymous grading. Anonymous Grading
Grading: Delegated Grading Instructors can delegate grading to specific users. Delegated Grading
Portfolio Improvements Portfolios are now accessed from the global navigation and have a new authoring canvas. Instructors can create portfolio assignments. Portfolios
Profiles The Enhanced Cloud Profile provides users with their first professional profiles. The added features help users demonstrate competencies they have developed through their educational journeys in a visual and uniquely /compelling way. If you do not see this update, your institution has not turned it on. Profiles
SafeAssign Integration SafeAssign is integrated into regular Blackboard Learn assignments. Use SafeAssign in Assignments

Best Practice: Plagiarism

SafeAssign Originality Report Changes

The SafeAssign originality report has been changed in the following ways:

  • The report has been updated with a new look and feel. The report now displays multiple attachments.
  • The email option has been removed. While viewing the report, you can "print to pdf" either natively or using a plug-in based on the operating system and browser combination that you are using to create an accessible PDF. Then, you can share the PDF in multiple ways, including secure email.
  • Each source now has a color unique to the source. Text matching the source is highlighted in the unique source color. There are a maximum of 30 different colors. This matches the maximum of 30 different sources.
  • By default, all citation source highlighting is on. Instructors can click Show/Hide All Highlighting to turn source highlighting off and on for all sources at once.
  • The report layout has been improved for narrow screens. The report information and citations now appear at the top of the submission when instructors reduce the width of the viewing area.
  • Instructors click Select Sources and Resubmit to determine which sources they want to include in the next report. By default, all sources are included. Instructors can clear the check box for each source to exclude from the results. This behavior is the reverse of previous releases.
  • The page instructors are redirected to after resubmitting a paper has been updated to be more in line with the styling of the new report.
  • During the redesign of the SafeAssign originality report, it became clear that the mixed script count was potentially showing misleading and confusing information. The mixed script count identifies the potential of multiple scripts used in an assignment to hide acts of plagiarism. It was discovered that the count was based on the number of words or sentences in the text and was only triggered by Cyrillic. The count should be based on all of the ways multiple scripts can be used to avoid plagiarism detection. Also, the areas where each script was used were not identified in the document and had to be manually located. For these reasons, while the originality report continues to alert you to any use of mixed-script characters within individual words anywhere in a submission, the word count will not be available until it can be accurate for all script combinations and all instances can be highlighted in the report.

SafeAssign Originality Reports

Student Preview Instructors can view their course exactly as a student does by using a student account the system generates for them. Student Preview

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