UAB implemented a service pack upgrade for Blackboard Learn 9.1 on August 12th, 2013, and this change results in a new look and feel and some new features to the Blackboard environment.
The information below provides a summary of major changes and links to additional content on the change.
*Student information on new features in Blackboard Learn Service Pack 13.
*Not all features may be available for the system as a whole or for certain schools.
|Global Navigation & My Blackboard||Create a blackboard profile|
|New discussion thread and post features||Social Learning Tools|
Certified: fully tested and supported.
Compatible: partially tested but should function properly.
Provisional: future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support.
Unsupported: either impossible or not tested.
Microsoft Windows Operating System
Apple Mac OS Operating System
- Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 are tested in Standards Mode. Some known issues can be resolved by using Compatibility Mode (emulates IE7 behavior).
- Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have moved to a rapid release cycle. At the time of testing, Chrome 16.0 and Firefox 9.0 were the latest available versions. Since then, new stable versions may have been released and widely adopted. Blackboard is supporting all newer stable versions of Chrome and Firefox.
Blackboard Learn Toolbar
The Blackboard Learn Toolbar for Internet Explorer and Firefox enhances the browsing experience for learners.
It facilitates research using context-aware decision support information rather than raw search results.
Learners can use the toolbar to discover resources using the Microsoft Bing Decision Engine.
Combined with this new way to search are notifications your students use every day from the Blackboard Learn software.
You can reach students with course updates where they already are – browsing on the web.
Any time their web browser is open they are connected to your institution and getting notifications from classes.
Course Files: Manage Content at the Course LevelCourse files eliminate redundancy and simplify the management of content updates.
An in-course file storage structure makes it easier to keep track of documents used in courses,
similar to the type of file and folder structure that is used on your PC.
The new table of contents allows students to see and navigate the organization of the
set of content on the same page as the materials. A new thumb nail view and
drag and drop upload applet make it quick and easy to get files into Blackboard and to view the image files.
Customize Your Grading View: Develop a Personalized Workflow
The Grade Center has been enhanced in Release 9.1 to include a dynamic filter that allows you
to instantly view grade data by selecting a category and status criteria. Using the filters, you can
easily change the Grade Center view to show, for example, l tests that need to be graded.
Mashups: Integrate Visually Engaging Content
You can easily integrate rich media learning content using Web 2.0 resources from Youtube, Slideshare, and Flickr.
This tool allows you to deliver engaging course content in a convenient and powerful way by searching, finding,
and inserting in a few clicks.
Blackboard has added an accessible wrap around the YouTube player to make it accessible to everyone.
Wikis: Promote Active Collaboration
Wikis enable active collaboration around course content and group projects. Users collaborate on a document using only a web browser.
As an instructor, you can see the process and evolution of the work and can also participate.
You can also see each participant’s contributions and grade accordingly.
Sync Space for iPad provides a zoom able drawing space that can be shared in real-time over the net a sort of shared whiteboard. Turn on synchronization and send a link to the document to others who will be able to see your drawing and also make changes using Sync Space.
The resulting drawings can be posted to Twitter, 37 Signals' Campfire and Face book or emailed as a PDF.
lt’s the perfect whiteboard replacement for distributed teams. See a demonstration video a tour web site.
WebCapture is a small utility application for your iPhone/iPod touch to help you capture screenshots of websites.
The app takes screenshot photos of the website alone - no status or toolbars are shown in the screenshots taken therefore no cropping or editing it needed making the job of creating screenshots much easier.