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SP 11 Updates

Original Launch Date: December 27, 2012

About Service Pack 11

SP 11 is a maintenance service pack that includes minimal new features along with a number of fixes and improvements. The following features are new to SP 11 and do not appear in SP 10.

Safe HTML Filter for the Content Editor Building Block

Users can enter HTML in Blackboard Learn wherever the content editor appears, including blogs, journals, wikis and the discussion board. To make HTML entered by users safer, this building block shifts filtering from the previous "Global Safe HTML Filter" to the open-source security library from the Open Web Application Security Project's AntiSamy API. This new API ensures "user-supplied HTML/CSS is in compliance within an application's rules."

System Administrators can tailor the HTML tags and attributes allowed on their Blackboard Learn instance based on their organization's risk tolerance level. Blackboard will ship with a secure-default HTML policy file.

The privilege to control whether a user is restricted to Safe HTML policies is controlled by a privilege named "Add/Modify trusted content" or "Add/Edit trusted content with scripts" depending on which version of Learn you are on. Blackboard Learn ships by default granting the privilege to enter unrestricted HTML to Administrators, Course Builders, Graders, Instructors, and Teaching Assistants. Roles such as Students and Guests do not have the capability by default to enter trusted content and are thus restricted to Safe HTML. Customers should evaluate whether users need the privilege.

This security control is enabled by default. 

File Attachments in Tests

Files that are attached to test questions must be uploaded using the content editor. This will store the files in Course Files.

Mobile Support for Mashups

Changes in how mashups are processed allow them to now play on mobile devices using a web browser. Media-rich learning can happen anywhere students can access Learn. 

Video Everywhere

Video Everywhere is included as part of the update to SP 11.

Number of Answer Fields for Test Questions

In the following question types, you can have a maximum of 100 answers:

  • Fill in the Blank
  • Jumbled Sentence
  • Matching
  • Multiple Answer
  • Multiple Choice
  • Opinion/Likert Scale
  • Ordering
  • Quiz Bowl, additionally, Quiz Bowl questions maximum number of interrogatives is 103.