Blackboard 9.1 Features
Grade Center Improvements
Blackboard has made several improvements to grading and Grade Center in Service Pack (SP) 14:
- My Grades ordering and design update: The page provides students with a new default option for the order grades are displayed in.
- Define “Score Attempts Using” setting from the “Options” page: This is a workflow improvement to ensure you know about and can easily find this setting for tools that support multiple attempts.
- Inline Assignment Grading and New Box View: Inline assignment grading, powered by Box. Box allows for viewing instructions, adding comments and highlighting text, removing or replying to comments, providing grades and feedback, and the downloading of student's files.
- Test total points adjustment: This enhancement address several related needs, all revolving around the total points possible for tests, and needing to adjust the total points possible.
- Grading schemas greater than 100%: There is now an enhancement to allow for schema percentages to be greater than 100%.
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.
Grading: Anonymous Grading
Instructors can hide student names from submitted assignments for anonymous grading.
Grading: Delegated Grading
The new Grade Center brings powerful features like automatic re-grading, contextual grading, grade by question, a needs grading smart view and color coding to highlight student performance.
Portfolios are now accessed from the global navigation and have a new authoring canvas. Instructors can create portfolio assignments.
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.
Restrict Tests by Location
You can deliver tests in a specific physical location.
As increasing numbers of institutions are delivering high-stakes tests using Blackboard Learn, there is an increased desire on the part of course facilitators, instructors, and administrators to prevent students from cheating. High-stakes tests are often delivered to students in proctored lab environments to ensure that students can be identified—using an ID—and monitored while taking a test. However, if students can access the test from any location during the testing window, students could conspire to have someone else take the test on their behalf, compromising the security of the testing environment.
IP addresses identify specific computers and are a good method to enforce the location-restriction requirements described above. The first step is for your institution to create a range of IP addresses to correspond to one or more network segments that are used exclusively in the testing environments.
SafeAssign Anti-Plagiarism Tool
- Prevent Plagiarism
- Protect the Originality of Work
- Ensure a Level Playing Field
- Create Awareness and Educate Students
Instructors can preview their course exactly as a student does by using a student account the system generates for them.