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New Features in Blackboard

Some exciting new features in SP14 improve efficiency in your teaching. The highlights are:

Date Management:

The Date Management tool helps you easily adjust all content and tool dates in your course all in one page. You will find this under Course Tools within Course Management panel. It is very helpful when you are in a new course that was copied from a previous semester.

Date Management

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Test Access Log:

A source of frustration for students, instructors, and test proctors is the inability to confirm whether students began a test or ran into problems during a test. Teachers and proctors have no way to verify student activity or lack of activity during a test. Students have no way to prove that they did begin a test and when. If students reported problems occurring during a test, how do you know if this is true or not.

Now you can address this issue viewing the Access Log for a test from the Attempts page of the test. Go to Grade Center > Full Grade Center > find a student’s and the test. Select an attempt of a test > Expand Test Information.

Test Access Log 1

The access log shows a detailed list of every interaction that students engage in when taking a test.

Access log 2


Course Messages Notification:

Course messages are now part of the notifications framework. Anyone enrolled in a course can receive notification that they have new messages from the Updates icon in the Global Navigation Menu.

Course Message Notification


My Grades – Improved User Interface:

The Order by drop-down list allows students to change order by course, last activity, or due date. Students can narrow the listed items by selecting All, Graded, Upcoming, and Submitted.

My Grades


Grading Schemas Greater Than 100%:

There is now an enhancement to allow for schema percentages to be greater than 100%.

Grade schema


Faculty and students can personalize and customize the new Blackboard Learn Calendar. Items with due dates automatically appear on the new Blackboard Learn calendar. If an instructor changes a due date, the calendar gets updated as well. On the flip side, moving a calendar item (by clicking on the item or drag and drop) simultaneously changes a due date for an instructor. Users can also create recurring events by selecting the “repeat” checkbox.


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Item Analysis

Item analysis provides statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions. This data helps you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance.

item analysis

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Last Updated: 5/2/14