What's New in Bb

Blackboard Updates for 2018 - 2019


The New Learn Theme follows WCAG 2.0 principles and accessibility guidelines for structure, color contrast, and navigation. Fully visible keyboard focus is directly built into this theme as well as best practices for the definition of buttons and menus used for navigation. ARIA  (Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite) landmarks have been added to the course menu and the content area to define the page structure and assist users with screen readers in navigating page elements.
To enhance accessibility, Course Themes are removed from the current version.

Course Availability

Instructors can see and change the course availability on a course content page by clicking the Lock Icon.

Course is Available to students when icon is in Unlocked position.
Course Unlocked

Course is Unavailable to students when icon in is in Locked position.
Course Available

Drag and Drop Expanded

You can use the Browse My Computer button, the Browse Content Collection button, or drag-and-drop files for uploading.

Content and Communication Pages

Drag and Drop is now included in the Content Editor (Insert Item), Content Collection (Upload Files & Upload Zip Package), Blogs, (Create Entry) and Journals (Create Entry).
If you do not see a progress indicator when you click Submit, wait for the next page to load.

When you drag and drop a folder in a content or communication area, the system loads all the individual files, not the folder.
To keep all items in a folder, create the folder on Bb first, then drag and drop the folder with the contents there.

Content Collection Folder

In the Content Collection, when you upload a .zip file (Upload/Upload Zip Package), Bb will unzip the contents inside a folder it creates.

Mac users need to remove extra files with names starting with a period after uploading, or use a clean archive tool to zip the package.

Attach Files Drag and Drop

Discussion Forums - Reply to Me

Participants see a count of new replies to their posts.  Click to view those new posts.

Replies to Me

Grade Center - Delete Multiple Columns

Instructors can delete multiple columns on the Grade Center Manage > Column Organization page.  

Grade Center Multiple Column Delete

  • Manual and calculated columns are removed completely.  
  • Graded item columns are cleared of attempts and grades, but the column remains in the Grade Center.

NOTE:  Deletion cannot be undone. Download a backup copy of the Grade Center before deleting columns.

Student Assignment Submission Receipts

Bb sends an email notification for each assignment attempt with submission information, including attached file details.  
Students can see the receipts on the My Grades page - Click the Submitted tab, scroll to the bottom, click the number next to Submission Receipts.

Receipts remain even if an attempt or assignment is deleted.
Student sees new receipts with different numbers for assignments with multiple attempts.

Student Submission Receipt

Chemistry Notation Support

The math editor in the Content Editor is updated to a newer version of WIRIS, with a chemistry notation tool, including an embedded periodic table of elements.

  1. In a Content Editor, click the Math Editor icon
  2. Click the Greek Letters tab
  3. Click the bottom right of the Chemical Symbols to expand the pane.

Chemistry Notation

Blogs and Journals

Blogs and Journals are optimized for mobile device use.  
Posts and comments composed with responsive content will render on smaller devices.
Options for filtering posts or navigating groups or users will appear below currently viewed posts.

Bb 06/18