Winthrop University: Blackboard Learn and Collaborate Ultra Changes

Blackboard Learn and Collaborate Ultra Changes

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Blackboard Learn Ultra

For more details about Blackboard Learn Ultra Course Experience updates, please visit Blackboard's Monthly Release Highlights webpage. 

October 2022

October 6

Learn Version: 3900.50

Original Course Experience

    1. Issue: Creating an Announcement containing a video and no text sent an email that was empty.
      Status: Resolved.
    2. Issue: When a Test with essay questions was aligned to a rubric, multiple copies of the rubric were created when:
        • the Test was copied
        • the Test was exported/imported
        • the question pool of the Test was copied
      Status: Resolved.
    3. Issue: Tests with a conditional availability rule show the student a time limit different from the time set in the Test.
      Status: Resolved.
    4. Issue: Student sees a group submission Assignment attempt that was deleted by the instructor and cannot submit a new file.
      Status: Resolved.
    5. Enhancement: Setting categories and mobile specific categories were added to the mobile app to support effortless movement between mobile and desktop applications. Users with automatic updates enabled on their mobile device are not required to take any action. Users with automatic updates disabled on their mobile device must download the update.

September 2022

September 1

Learn Version: 3900.48

Original Course Experience

  1. Issue: Announcements containing a video without any accompanying text would result in an empty email message being sent.
    Status: Resolved.
  2. Issue: Assignments with file attachments containing an apostrophe in the filename displayed an error and were not submitted.
    Status: Resolved.
  3. Enhancement: A side panel summarizes all comments in a list of annotations for inline grading. Clicking a comment will navigate to the location of that comment in the document.
  4. Enhancement: Microsoft’s Immersive Reader, which helps students improve their reading, comprehension, and grammar skills, has been added as an alternative format for documents.

Ultra Course Experience

  1. Issue: Assignments with file attachments containing an apostrophe in the filename displayed an error and were not submitted.
    Status: Resolved.
  2. Issue: Not all students with accommodations were showing in the Accommodations filter in the class roster.
    Status: Resolved.
  3. Issue: When the screen was maximized, Announcements would freeze and not allow scrolling.
    Status: Resolved.
  4. Issue: The Due Dates tab in the Calendar did not show the due date for the last item in the list.
    Status: Resolved.
  5. Issue: When entering text in the ‘Add Text’ option of a Test, the text was included in the downloaded gradebook as a test question column.
    Status: Resolved.
  6. Issue: Selecting the ‘Add Text’ option in a Test that has multiple choice questions and is randomized, would gray out the Randomize answers option and display an error.
    Status: Resolved.
  7. Issue: Group feedback was not visible to students when the instructor overrode the grade.
    Status: Resolved.
  8. Issue: The ‘Next Page’ in the Gradebook would not load after adding a calculation to a gradebook item. 
    Status: Resolved.
  9. SafeAssign Originality report was not available to a grading role other than Instructor.
    Status: Resolved.
  10. Students could self-enroll in groups after the ‘Enrollment End Date’ had expired. 
    Status: Resolved.
  11. Issue: Selecting ‘User Statistics’ for a student in the gradebook displayed the Average column as a percentage instead of an absolute value.
    Status: Resolved.
  12. Issue: Overriding a grade for multiple students in a rubric of an anonymous Test to a value containing a decimal, and then undoing the override on one student, caused the other overridden values to revert back to their original value. 
    Status: Resolved.
  13. Issue: Adding questions to a Test from a question pool did not allow the Save button to be clicked.
    Status: Resolved.
  14. Enhancement: Ability to copy Rubrics from another course.
  15. Enhancement: Ability to sort Test Question Banks by name, number of questions in a bank, or the last edited date.
  16. Enhancement: Ability to reply to student discussion posts from the individual student grading page.
  17. Enhancement: View a log of changes to non-posted grades in the Grade History.
  18. Enhancement: No longer need to set a manually created gradebook item as Points in order to edit the maximum points.
  19. Enhancement: Addition of timed Test notifications to reduce stress on students:
    • For Tests less than 10 minutes, there is no notification.
    • For Tests less than 1 hour but greater than 10 minutes, there will be a single reminder when 10% of the time remains.
    • For Tests longer than or equal to 1 hour, there is an additional notification when 50% of the time remains.
    • If a student has a time limit accommodation, a notification will appear when 10% of the extra time remains if the extra time allowed is greater than 10 minutes.
    •  If a student has an unlimited accommodation, there will not be notifications for the time remaining.
  20. NOTE: All notifications for time remaining will auto-dismiss after 20 seconds; however, a student can click the ‘X’ to dismiss the notification, if they wish.
  21. Enhancement: To prevent inadvertent full course copying in the same course, the checkbox next to the course you are in is greyed out but can be selected.
  22. Enhancement: An on-hover underline has been added to the course name and content item name in the Activity Stream to make it clearer where you are navigating.
  23. Enhancement: A side panel summarizes all comments in a list of annotations for inline grading. Clicking a comment will navigate to the location of that comment in the document.
  24. Enhancement: Microsoft’s Immersive Reader, which helps students improve their reading, comprehension, and grammar skills, has been added as an alternative format for documents.

Ultra Base Navigation Menu

  1. Issue: When typing in the search bar of the Courses page, the courses refreshed; however, the search bar lost focus and you had to click in the search bar again to continue typing. 
    Status: Resolved
  2. Issue: Students enrolled in a child course would see the parent course id on the Grades page.
    Status: Resolved

August 2022

August 11

Learn Version: 3900.46

Original Course Experience

  1. Issue: The exported .xlsx file of a downloaded Course Activity Overview report displayed an error upon opening.
    Status: Resolved.
  2. Enhancement: Instructor and Student mobile apps are consolidated and can be used for both Original and Ultra experience courses.
  3. NOTE: Support for the Blackboard Instructor iOS and Android apps ends in September 2022. Download the new app beginning August 8, 2022 to assure continued use.

Ultra Course Experience

  1. Issue: When adding questions to a new Test, the option ‘Allow students to add content at end of assessment’ defaulted to Enabled.
    Status: Resolved.
  2. Issue: For Tests that prohibit late submissions and do not allow students to add content at the end of the assessment, the student’s attempt does not save and close when they acknowledge the ‘Time is Up’ pop-up message. The student can still continue the attempt and the Submit Late button works.
    Status: Resolved.
  3. Issue: For content copied from an Original course that contains date release rules, the dates cannot be edited.
    Status: Resolved.
  4. Issue: Tests using Question Pools copied from an Ultra course do not contain the questions.
    Status: Resolved.
  5. Issue: Enrollments on pages other than page one cannot be viewed when calculated columns are added to a gradebook.
    Status: Resolved.
  6. Issue: Copying an Ultra course that has a folder or learning module that contains a Peer Review assignment produces an ‘Oops! Something went wrong’ error message.
    Status: Resolved.
  7. Enhancements: Overall Grade supports an advanced calculation. To set up the overall grade, go to the Gradebook > List view > Gradable Items and scroll to the bottom.
  8. Enhancements: New Question Bank features have been added.
    • Create new question banks
    • View and search for questions within a question bank
    • Add, edit, and delete all aspects of a question within new and existing question banks
  9. Enhancements: Due Date exceptions can be added to specific students. Key considerations:
    • Due date exceptions support is for individual tests and assignments only
    • If an assignment or test does not have a due date, an exception cannot be set
    • If an instructor wishes to remove the due date on an assignment or test, they must first remove all due date exceptions
  10. Enhancements: A Grading Status column has been added to the submissions page in the gradebook for Assignments, Tests, and Discussions to give a clear view of student progress.
  11. Enhancements:  Student responses entered in the Content Editor of a Test are auto saved two (2) seconds after the student stops typing. The last time saved displays at the bottom of the assessment and auto updates. If there is a disruption in connectivity, a ‘Connection lost’ warning appears to inform the student that action is needed to re-establish the connection so their work is saved.
  12. Enhancements: Exiting Student Preview allows the data to be saved or deleted. The three (3) dot and ‘X’ have been replaced with an Exit icon.
  13. Enhancements: A LaTeX equation feature has been added to the content editor. These equations display as text in the content editor and when saved, render as images. The equationscan be edited in text format in the content editor or by using the Math formula option. Key Considerations:
    •  Content editors that have math editor option render also Latex equations.
    • Essay questions and the "Additional Content" section in Assessments do not have a save option in the text editor. In these areas, LaTeX equations will render as images after submission. Students can verify that the formula will render by opening the equation using the Math editor option.
    • Formatting such as italics or bold must be in the LaTeX code. Users can add the code formats in text or when editing using the Math editor. If a user chooses the bold format in the content editor, the image will render without that format.
      Example:
      • Code without format: $$axˆ2 bx c=0$$
      • Code with format: $$\style{font-size:72px}{axˆ2 bx c=0}$$
    • LaTeX equations are not rendered when they are inside code snippets. This is because LaTeX equations are treated as part of the code format.
    • Upgrading from the Original to Ultra course experience: LaTeX equations convert and respect the size limit and options of the text editor in Ultra. If the text editor in Ultra does not support math formulas, the LaTeX equations will copy as plain text.
  14. Enhancements: Members can be added to Group Sets by importing a .csv file. Group members can also be exported to a .csv file.
  15. Enhancements: Messages can be sent from Private courses allowing students to receive an email from the instructor before the course is available to them.
  16. Enhancements: Recipients of a Message will receive an email copy.
  17. Enhancements: Messages with more than one recipient will indicate whether the message will be sent as a group or private message.
  18. Enhancements: Course task logs have been added to give the instructor the ability to view the conversion report, view/filter by task, and download logs. Course tasks include: 
    • Copy
    • Convert to Ultra
    • Archive
    • Export
    • Import
    • Restore
  19. Enhancements:  All linked questions in Tests remain intact after the Test is copied.
  20. Enhancements: User’s experience in the Blackboard mobile app and a web browser are the same.
  21. NOTE: The app needs to be updated on mobile devices.
  22. Enhancements: Instructor and Student mobile apps are consolidated and can be used for both Original and Ultra experience courses.
  23. NOTE: Support for the Blackboard Instructor iOS and Android apps ends in September 2022. Download the new app beginning August 8, 2022 to assure continued use.

Collaborate Ultra Version: 22.14

  1. Enhancement: The Engagement Insights metrics will refresh only when there has been a change.
  2. Enhancement: Since the beta version of Collaborate powered by Amazon Chime was released, these more advanced features have been added:

Last Updated: 10/4/22