Eric A. Silva

Blackboard October 2014 Release

Blackboard has released the October 2014 edition that is a smaller update compared to the feature rich April 2014 edition. The big new feature is the Blackboard Store which allows students to easily purchase course material within the LMS.

Introducing the Blackboard Store:

Release notes from the Blackboard Help Site:

Feature Description To Learn More
Analytics for Learn A number of bug fixes and enhancements have been made. Administrator
Blackboard Store Students can easily purchase required course materials at competitive prices via personalized shopping lists and quick access from within Blackboard Learn. Instructors can find, compare, and assign materials from the largest online catalog of commercial and open educational content. AdministratorInstructor
Calendar

Individual users now have more choice about how their calendars are formatted both in the Calendar tool and when making date selections. They can alter the first day of the week that starts the calendar view in month and week views.

Users can also now choose the Hijri Islamic lunar calendar.

A course list filter is now available in the calendar.

AdministratorInstructor
Content Editor The Content Editor spell check option is now ON by default. Instructor
Language Packs Translation change requests have been implemented to improve the quality and usability of the language packs for Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Spanish, and Turkish. Czech and Polish language packs have been added. Administrator
Outcomes Assessment Users can now access report options to create a printable view to save the visualized report as a PDF or XLS. Additional data fields are also available to provide further insight needed for in-depth data analysis for quantitative and qualitative assessment. Administrator
(in English only)
Video Everywhere Blackboard Learn has integrated with OAuth 2.0. With this update users are able to seamlessly use several video features within Learn without authentication issues. AdministratorInstructor

 

Eric Silva

Eric is an Instructional Designer at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a Graduate Student at Boise State University. Learn more about me.

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