What’s New in Blackboard – 2016FA

August 16th, 2016 by Brantley McKeithan



YouTube mashup tool fixed – Embed YouTube videos into Content Areas.

Floating ‘Test Completion Status Bar’ fixed – No longer floats and covers questions during a quiz/test (was a problem in Chrome)

‘No Backtracking’ error fixed – Some students would receive this error during a quiz/test:  “This test prohibits backtracking. For reference, the Error ID is xxxx.”

Discussion Board Print preview fixed – Print preview of Discussion Forum Thread Collection, the bottom part of the collection page was cropped.

Printing Student Grades Report – Only the first page of a Student report created from the Grade Center would print.


New Features:

Announcement Date Restriction Default – When creating an announcement, “Not Date Restricted” is now selected by default.

Microsoft Edge Browser Support – Learn 9.1 now supports the Microsoft Edge browser. (Firefox is still our preferred browser)

Discussion Threads – Users can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussions page.


Accessibility Updates:

Discussion Boards – Forum descriptions are read on the Create Thread page. This improves accessibility for users with screen reader technologies.

Assessments – When creating a hot spot question, an Image Alternate text box is now available. This improves accessibility for users.

Content Editor – The default heading size for all of the embedded headings has been increased so they are properly read in both the view and edit state in the Content Editor.