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Introducing Blackboard Learn 9.1 October 2014 Release

A Look At What's Next For Blackboard - May 2016 Upgrade to the "October 2014 Release"

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Blackboard Learn, the course management system utilized by Northern Illinois University faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and students, continues to be an important platform for facilitating teaching at learning at NIU, with over 96% of students and 92% of teaching faculty using the system during Fall 2015. Over the past several years, there have been significant upgrades implemented to the system which have added many new features as well as an improved overall user experience.

The upcoming upgrade is expected to be completed over Memorial Day weekend, May 27 - May 30, 2016 and will provide an even more user friendly and modern experience for students and faculty alike. An outage will be necessary to perform the upgrade, and details will be announced as they become available. In this upgrade, many existing features have been improved and some exciting new features added to make the user experience more accessible and efficient. The following is a quick overview of the tools that are now available.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra **NEW**

Blackboard Collaborate has been completely redesigned to provide a better teaching and learning experience, so you can spend more time teaching and less time setting up. 

screenshot of blackboard collaborate ultra presenter view

The new Blackboard Collaborate features quick session launch directly in the browser, without the need for Java or a dedicated launcher. The sleek and intuitive interface is clutter-free and puts all of the tools you need at your fingertips. Starting summer 2016, all Blackboard courses will have access to the new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

For further information see: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 

Goal Performance Dashboard **NEW**

Using the Goal Performance Dashboard, you and your students can track progress toward degree or program student learning outcomes. The Goal Performance Dashboard can help you better understand how your students are performing and progressing against course Goals, based on how those are mapped against assessments.

screenshot of goal performance dashboard

For further information see: Goal Performance Dashboard

Spell Check is On by Default - Enhancement

Throughout Blackboard, the Spell Check feature will be ON by default. This applies to anywhere that uses the text editor, such as when creating Announcements, Items, or Discussion Board Posts. 

screenshot of blackboard text editor with spell check on

Learn More

Quick guides, and tutorials developed by Blackboard are also available in addition to workshops from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

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Last Updated: 4/18/2016