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New Features/Improvements in Blackboard Upgrade for UTMB (SP Q4 2015)

Instructor Features

Goal Performance Dashboard (Instructor)

A competency-based education Building Block to map goals to courses within Learn. The Goal Performance Dashboard evaluates evidence of competencies individually, allowing for true measurement of mastery.


Blackboard Improvements

Mobile Web Services

The latest update for the Mobile Web Services Building Block includes multiple improvements. Users can embed images in HTML for in-line display. Additionally, this release includes bug fixes related to authentication, due dates in languages other than English, incorrectly displayed grades, and more.

Announcement Date Restriction Default

When creating an announcement, "Not Date Restricted" is now selected by default.

Escaping Special Characters

When a user uploads a file to Learn and the filename contains special characters (such as / \ : ? * " < > | ), the system replaces the special character with an underscore ( _ ).

Browser Support

Learn 9.1 now supports the Microsoft Edge browser. Some new browser releases no longer support NPAPI plugins. Without these plugins, some Learn features may not render correctly.

HTML5 Support

The Content Editor now supports HTML5 Audio and Video playback in Chrome and Edge browsers.

Discussion Threads

Users can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussions Page

Accessibility Updates

  • Discussion Boards: Forum descriptions are read on the Create Thread page. This improves accessibility for users with screen reader technologies.
  • Assessments: When creating a hot spot question, an Image Alternate text box is now available. This improves accessibility for users.
  • Content Editor: The default heading size for all of the embedded headings has been increased so they are properly read in both the view and edit state in the Content Editor.

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