IT Update: Blackboard Upgrade


On Thursday during the hours of midnight to 4:00am, the Office of Information Technology will be upgrading the Blackboard site to the newest version. Although the interface will look the same, there are some new features and enhancements that could be beneficial. Below are a list of the new features and enhancements.


  • Grade Center Improvements
    • Score Attempts Using feature
      • A drop-down list has been added to the Test Options and Create Assignment pages.
      • You can only use this feature if Multiple Attempts are allowed.
      • Previously, Blackboard graded the most recently completed attempt.
      • Now you can choose to score attempts using Last Graded Attempt, Highest Grade, Lowest Grade, First Graded Attempt, or Average of Graded Attempts.
    • Grading Schemas Greater Than 100%
      • Instructors can now make the uppermost value in a grading schema greater than 100%. For example, if a student earns 100% or more, an instructor may choose to assign A+ to those scores.
      • To learn more about the Grade Center and how to change the grading schema, click here.


  • Student Preview Feature
    • Instructors can view their course exactly as a student does by using a student account the system generates for them.
    • To learn more about the Student Preview feature, click here.
    • To watch the tutorial video located in the above documentation, click here.


  • My Grades Improvements
    • The look and feel of My Grades has been updated. Students can now view feedback by clicking View Feedback.
    • To learn more about the My Grades enhancements, click here.


  • New Grading Features
    • Anonymous Grading
      • Instructors can hide student names from submitted assignments for anonymous grading.
      • To learn more about Anonymous Grading, click here.
      • To view the students view of Anonymous Grading, click here.
      • To watch the tutorial video located in the student view documentation above, click here.
    • Delegated Grading
      • Instructors can delegate grading to specific users.
      • To learn more about Delegated Grading, click here.


  • Assessment Improvement
    • Significant Figures
      • In calculated formula questions, instructors can select the number of decimals or significant figures for the correct answers generated by the system.
      • To learn more about the Significant Figures improvements, click here.



Post by Kaitlyn Reish, Training Specialist at HPU.

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