What's New For Students

Dear Students,

As the end of this semester approaches, our department is looking ahead to Spring 2019 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 2019 Blackboard Upgrade website.


AttendanceIf your instructor has assigned attendance grades, you can view your overall attendance grade and detailed records.

For each class meeting, instructors can mark whether you were present, late, absent, or excused. Each status is assigned a percentage out of 100. Your accumulative attendance grade is based on 100 percent.

Your instructors can use your attendance grade as part of your overall course grade. Also, some institutions and programs have attendance policies that require instructors to track the number of class meetings students have missed.

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Cloud Services Integration

In your course, you can instantly connect to multiple web apps where you store files such as OneDrive, DropBox, etc. Blackboard Learn uses a cloud integration service for easy access to many web apps in one location.

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Create Recording for Feedback

Recording feedbackYour instructor might leave a video or audio recording for additional feedback to your grade.

If there is a feedback recording, you'll see an icon in your feedback area of My Grades.

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Download Annotated PDF

Download PDFYou can download your original file or a PDF with your instructor's annotations. The time to create the PDF depends primarily on the size of the original file. Use your browser's print function to print the downloaded file.

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Clear Multiple Choice Selection

Students are now able to clear a selection from multiple-choice questions. This lets students avoid a penalty when they’ve made an initial selection and negative points are associated with answer choices.

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Blackboard Learn Theme Mobile Optimization

New Blackboard ThemeTests and the learning modules tool are now optimized for web on mobile devices. In the Learning Modules tool, the table of contents will always be pinned to the bottom of the page and can be expanded or collapsed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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