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Feature Comparison Across Learn Releases

This feature comparison chart can help you with upgrade planning. It summarizes the various Blackboard Learn 9.1 releases that have been made generally available since February 2012. To learn more about a feature and how it affects a particular type of Blackboard Learn user, select the feature name and then use your browser's back button to return to this topic, or open the feature topic in a new browser tab or window.

Service Pack Features
  System Administrator Instructor Student
Q4 2016 Learn 2016 Theme

Dropbox Integration

Drag and Drop Files

Submission Receipts

Reminders

Needs Grading Improvements

Course Activity Overview

Drag and Drop Files

Submission Receipts

Q2 2016

REST API Technical Preview

Java 8

SAML Authentication

Email

VALUE Rubrics

Email

Email
Q4 2015

Goal Performance Dashboard

Grades Journey

PowerSchool SIS Integration

Notifications

Announcements

Email

Discussions

Notifications

Announcements

Email

Discussions

October 2014

Blackboard Store

Calendar

Content Editor

Language Packs

Outcomes Assessment

Video Everywhere

Blackboard Store

Calendar

Content Editor

Language Packs

Video Everywhere

Blackboard Store

Calendar

Language Packs

April 2014

Financial Aid Reporting

Anonymous Grading

Delegated Grading

Financial Aid Reporting

Portfolio

SafeAssign

Significant Digits

Student Preview

Anonymous Grading

Portfolio

SafeAssign

SP 14

Admin Console

Custom Theme Enhancements

Achievements

Groups Management

Course Messages Notifications

Date Management

Grade Center Improvements

Inline Assignment Grading Updates

Inline Grading Tools Updates

Test IP Address Filtering

 
SP 13

Institutional Hierarchy Tool Setting Override

Building Block Dependency Management

Staging Cloud

Align Rubric Row Criteria to Goals

Test Access Log

Progress Tracker

View Related Goals

 

The release strategy starting with Learn 9.1 April 2014 will be two releases per year. Functionality in many cases will be delivered as Building Blocks, which allows the same flexibility for management as with previous releases. Given interdependencies, some Building Blocks cannot be removed or disabled. These are displayed in the Building Block manager with limited management options reflecting system requirements.

The prior Learn release strategy was to release four service packs during the year noted by a service pack number such as SP 13 or SP 14.

  • The even-numbered service packs are largely comprised of new features and enhancements.
  • The odd-numbered service packs are primarily maintenance releases.

To learn more about each service pack's features, see the Release Notes for All 9.1 Releases.

Version support

Blackboard offers full support, including patches, for the current generally available release and two releases prior. To learn more about these guidelines, see the Client Support Services Guide (available in English only).