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New Features & Improvements after the Upgrade to Blackboard SP Okt 2014

At the moment we are upgrading Blackboard to the latest service pack, October 2014. With this new version of Blackboard some long awaited improvements and new features will become available, and several security issues have been fixed as well. The most important new features and improvements are:

For all users:

  • Calendar: Users now have more choice about how their calendars are formatted (both in the calendar tool and when making date selections) and they hey can alter the first day of the week for their monthly and weekly calendar views.
  • Blackboard Collaborate: The BB Collaborate launcher now works for Windows and Mac, and has Java integrated in the tool. Users are now no longer dependent on having the correct java version installed on their PC which will result in more convenient and reliable launching of the tool.
  • YouTube: The YouTube mashup that was not functioning properly and displaying errors when viewing an YouTube video within Blackboard, has been fixed.


For course managers / instructor’s:

  • Student Preview: In the top right hand corner you can now find a new button that makes the long awaited Student Preview possible. You can use this to check how your course looks to students and check what they can or cannot see/do. Student Preview allows you to experience your course as your students will. For example, in Student Preview you can test your user, group, grade, and review status adaptive release criteria to make sure it releases content when you want it to. Please read the Blackboard site for more information on how to use the Student Preview button.
  • Anonymous grading: Instructors can hide student names from submitted assignments for anonymous grading. Read more on anonymous grading on the Blackboard website.
  • Delegated grading: Course Mangers can delegate the grading of student submissions to specific users or fellow instructors. Read more on delegated grading on the Blackboard website.
  • SafeAssignment: SafeAssign is now integrated into regular Blackboard assignments. With the integration between SafeAssign and regular assignments, almost all of the regular assignment features are now available with the SafeAssign service. SafeAssign originality reports have also undergone an upgrade, and it is now also possible to download a report as PDF. For more information on how SafeAssign has been updated, please check the Blackboard website.


For students:

  • My Grades: The interface for MyGrades has been updated. It looks and feels better and students can now easily view feedback from their instructors by clicking the View Feedback button. You can find more information on all new icons that have been added to My Grades on the Blackboard website.
  • Portfolios: These have been moved to the Global Navigation menu (the fly-out menu next to your name in the top right hand corner). Changes to this feature include a simplification of the design process and an improved workflow for building a portfolio.


If you would like to read more about the various bug fixes, improvements and new features, please read the release notes on the April and October 2014 version of Blackboard.

Unfortunately a new version does not only fix bugs, it usually means new bugs as well. We have been testing this new version the last couple of weeks and did not run into any critical bugs. For security reasons it is important that we keep our Blackboard version up to date. We will keep you informed about the existing bugs and will help you and provide a workaround if possible.

Please check this weblog if you would like to be informed of any news regarding Blackboard and/or the upgrade process or follow us on twitter @TUDelftBb

For questions about Blackboard please contact E-Learning support (email: or call: 89194 )

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