Date posted: 2/10/2012
The dust has settled on the May 2011 Blackboard upgrade, a major event which took us from Blackboard Version 8.0 to Blackboard Learn, Version 9.1 (Next Generation), and feedback surrounding this current version of Blackboard has been overwhelmingly positive. Both students and faculty report an overall improved user experience. Having acclimated ourselves well to Blackboard Learn, there are new changes on the horizon to Blackboard’s interface, features, and overall functionality. These changes will be ushered in when NIU upgrades to Blackboard Learn, Version 9.1, Service Pack 8 (SP8) later in 2012.
SP8’s interface changes will be immediately noticeable and more in-line with today’s Web 2.0 experience. Most apparent, will be the missing editing icons that allow users to drag-and-drop, access, make changes and add content to their course. These functionalities, of course, will remain but will be replaced by rollover editing, meaning that editing icons are visible only when your mouse cursor hovers over certain areas. The result will be a cleaner, less cluttered, and contemporary interface.
On the left, NIU's default course structure. On the right, sample course structure based on Constructivist learning theory.
For more details about teaching with Blackboard at NIU, visit www.niu.edu/blackboard