Many new things are coming to Blackboard Learn this year. During last week’s Roadmap Webinar Blackboard announced a new release plan to have two major releases per year. For 2014 we can expect a release in April (9.1.201404) and a 2nd Major Release (9.1.201410) in October. With a new release model comes new terminology, as shown in the image to the right. A big part of the webinar was about the quality of their products. Steve Moffett, VP of Product Quality discussed the four main focuses on quality: Sharing Accountability for Quality, Increasing Focus on Fewer Releases, Conducting More Comprehensive Testing Methods and Increasing Responsiveness to Defects.
Several new features and improvement were introduced from a simpler content creation workflow to an improved grade center. Brad Koch, VP of Product Management showcased drag-and-drop content creation, student preview mode and much more. One of the new features is the content organizer that allows you to easily copy and move files, see adaptive release rules, review statuses and more. A new and improve Grade Center was also introduced; it’ll include a new item view and updated grid view. The new grade center will include a full screen view (similar to inline grading), the ability to edit items in bulk as well as a search tool to easily lookup a student’s grades. Portfolios are going to be integrated in myBlackboard and into each course. Instructors will be able to create assignments and accept portfolio submissions. Along with these integration comes with an updated interface in creating and displaying portfolios. In the Mobile Learn world we will soon see myBlackboard built in along with Social Tools. A separate instructor app will also be developed to grade assignments, including the ability to add comments, and to access retention center. A responsive design is also in the works to get the perfect Blackboard experience on any device you login with.
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