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This reference article will compile features in the release notes for versions of Blackboard Learn as they are applied to the system at Missouri State University. The majority of this information will be sourced from help.blackboard.com

 

May 23, 2015

This release contains Learn 9.1: October 2014

October 2014

NameDescription
Assessments: Significant FiguresIn calculated formula questions, instructors can select the number of decimals or significant figures for the correct answers generated by the system.
Bb Grader AppThe Grader App provides instructors with a mobile solution for reviewing, providing feedback, and grading student submissions to Blackboard Learn Assignments.
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 EditorThe Content Editor spell check option is now ON by default.
Grading: Delegated GradingInstructors can delegate grading to specific users.
SafeAssign IntegrationSafeAssign is integrated into regular Learn assignments.
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.
Student PreviewInstructors can view their course exactly as a student does by using a student account the system generates for them.
Video EverywhereBlackboard Learn has integrated with OAuth 2.0. With this update users are able to seamlessly use several video features within Learn without authentication issues.

January 1, 2015

This release includes Learn 9.1: April 2014

April 2014

NameDescription
Anonymous GradingInstructors can hide student names from submitted assignments for anonymous grading.
AssessmentsSignificant figures have been added in calculated formula test questions, such as leading zeros.
Mobile LearnThis update includes resolved issues.
My GradesThe look and feel of My Grades has been updated. Students now view feedback by clicking View Feedback.
Profiles

Profiles will be integrated with MyEdu to deliver an Enhanced Cloud Profile.

The Enhanced Cloud Profile provides users with their first professional profile; helping them demonstrate skills & competencies they have developed

through their educational journey in a visual and uniquely compelling way.

 


For questions or comments, contact the Computer Services Help Desk
HelpDesk@MissouriState.edu
417-836-5891