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Latest Enhancements to UBlearns

The lastest update to UBlearns was completed in June 2015, introducing the following new functionality and featured enhancements.

New Functionality

Inline Assignment Grading

Instructors can now view, annotate and grade student submissions without having to leave the Grade Assignment page.

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Video: Inline Grading

User Profiles

Users have the option to create a Profile that can include academic interests; internships, work experiences and a picture or avatar for peers, classmates and instructors to view.

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Course Messages

Course messages are private and secure text-based communication that occurs within a course and among course members. Users must be logged in to a course to read and send course messages. The what’s New module on the Updates tab and the Home Page notifies users who receive new course messages.  

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Student Preview

With student preview, Instructors can experience a course exactly as students do. While in student preview mode, instructors can take tests, submit assignments and view the student ‘My Grades’ area. Use student preview to review the course content and validate the course behaviors.

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Test Access Log

This new function allows instructors to confirm whether a student began a test and had problems while taking it. The Test Access log allows you to review when a student began a test, saved question responses, and submitted it.  You can also see how much time was spent on particular questions.

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Bb Grader

A mobile solution for grading has arrived. Instructors can now use this app to view and grade assignments on their iOS devices.

  • iOS, iOS7, iOS8
  • iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 2, 3, or 4

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Featured Enhancements

SafeAssign Integration

SafeAssign is now integrated into regular Blackboard Learn assignments. Use SafeAssign to review assignment submissions for plagiarism potential and create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase. SafeAssign is effective as both a deterrent and an educational tool.

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Groups Management

The Groups Management tool has been improved, making it easier to create and manage groups, see which students are in which groups, modify group memberships. Grade Center smart views for groups are now created automatically as well.

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Grade Center Improvements

Grade Center improvements focus on workflow, communication and flexibility.  Anonymous and Delegated grading, assessment point total adjustments and Grading Scheme updates for instructors.  Students will notice updates to My Grades page filters and inline feedback.

Supported Browsers

Blackboard now supports Internet Explorer 11.

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