Recent Ultra Enhancements and Some that are coming soon.
Mobile Experience – Login page shows branding.
Institution Pages show up via mobile (they are the new tabs and Modules)
Customizing labels for aka substituting “subjects” to “courses”.
Personalization: The Blackboard Stream:
Context – providing pop ups with more info about assignment activity
Connectedness (group assignment) shows info, group members, indicators for communication with teammates. Collaborate presence shows up even before you jump in the room.
File submission – from cloud
Assessments – new question types
Grade assignments anonymously to reduce bias. Building tests is easier
Turnitin is now available for ultra via the Content Market.
Recording audio/video is embedded right back into the feedback workflow.
- Notifications, push, email, sms (set via mobile app)
- Courses page: Courses are organized by timeline, but they can be searched and filtered and then you can favorite the filter so that it shows up first the next time.
- Modules display newness indicators that refer to new activity
- Nudges via messaging that even show individual student visualizations (analytics)
Blackboard Instructor App
- Accessed via web browsing
- No app needed
- Grater breadth of functionality
Works with most smartphone tools
More interactive user interface
Assignment Grading for B.B. Instructor
- Improvements for wikis (coming soon)
- Content Add and Edit Workflows
- Improvements for Rubric Viewing
Review assignment submissions and attachments
Provide comments and inline annotations
Publish grades to students
MH Q2 2018 CU Update – September Target
Grading and feedback
Working on Enhanced assignment grading
- Review student submissions and file attachments
- Provide comments on the overall submission or highlight & annotate inline, adding voice to text dictation for inline commentary.
- Grade using various grading types including rubrics
- Publish grades back to students in just a few taps
Offline grading capabilities
Integrating with apple files
Improving partner integrations (due dates from other assessment providers for example)
Blackboard Learn Original
Platform Feature – Inline grading 9.1 Q4 2018 + CUs. In Early August CU Update will allow students to download assignments with annotations.
Attendance Tracking – automatically flow through from collaborate (coming in 2018) students will be marked as present if they join the session
Course roles enhancements – Facilitator Role and Quality Reviewer Course Roles 9.1 Q4 2018 or SaaS Q3 2018
Delegated Grading – improvements TAs that live outside of the course
Blackboard Data – learning tool adoption and use all the data across tools in a single framework. Completely free for core functionality
Tool Integration: LTI Advantage
Activity Events: Caliper 1.1
SCORM: xAPI events to Learning Record Store
performance: Completed Course: Learn won’t show notifications for course when it is finished.
Feature Roadmap Ultra experience
Learn ultra has three components:
Flexibility to change at your own pace
Turn on the Ultra Base Nav and choose:
- Ultra Base Nan
- Original Course View
- Ultra Course View
Ultra Experience Question Bank Support now available and more in Q3 2018
coming soon importing whole banks and random blocks
Anonymous grading for single and double-blind marking scenarios
Self and Peer Assessment Q4 2018 – groups and group activity
Assessment Un-submitted work counts as a zero Q3 2018
SafeAssign for Discussions Q1 2019 Ultimately for all written student work (essay question)
Video Recording for flipped classrooms – using collaborate recordings as course materials. Q1 2019+
Ally in Ultra Courses Q4 2018
Institution Page Available now, More in 2018
Custom Locale Support Available 3400.9 More in 2019 – customizable
SCORM Support Q3 2018
Group Discussion Insights and Discussion Analysis – Understand contribution or lack of same in students in a discussion to understand how to help student or give a grade. (Also applies to group). Shows top down view of what’s happening in a discussion
Additional Embedded analytics in discussions Q3 2018+