What's New For Students

Dear Students,

As the end of this semester approaches, our department is looking ahead to Spring 2018 and we are excited to announce that new and improved features are coming to Blackboard. These tools focus on creating an accessible environment, providing a streamlined look and feel, and improving the way you get support. Below you will find additional information on these tools. For the latest information on our upgrade, please visit our Spring 2018 Blackboard Upgrade website. 


Blackboard Learn Theme

New Blackboard ThemeBy Spring 2018 Blackboard Learn will have a new look and feel. The new theme will address accessibility compliance as it follows WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines for structure, color contrast, and navigation. Accessibility is a primary concern for all online, hybrid and web-enhanced courses as online course materials must meet accessibility requirements regardless of having students with disabilities enrolled.

Other key features of the new theme:

  • Responsive for hand-held devices
  • Improved experience for mobile users
  • Streamlined look and feel
  • Drag-and-Drop Functionality

Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally Download Accessible FileThis new integration will allow students to download alternative accessible formats of uploaded files in Blackboard. Accessible files include readable text for screen readers, pictures with captions, and easy-to-navigate content. Ally creates multiple accessible alternatives from the original documents in your course. You can download accessible formats anywhere that files are used. To learn more, visit our Blackboard Ally website.


New Support Center

New Support CenterTo better support our users, we have implemented a new support center within Blackboard that provides easy access to help articles, COLTT Resources, and the ability to submit a support case. Open Support Center on any Blackboard page and articles specifically for that tool will appear. To learn more, visit EesySoft Smart Application Support (1 minute).  


Student Assignment Receipts

Student Submission Receipts Students can receive a notification email for each assignment attempt with information about the submission including attached files. Students can also access receipts at any time on the My Grades page in the submissions filter area. To learn more, visit Student Assignment Receipt (4 minutes).