The biggest benefit of the changes is that the new system makes it easier for professors to add material for their courses, said Donna Wicks, a senior system administrator at Kettering University, which has also been testing Blackboard 9. "They're not having to dive down four layers to add content," she said. "Before, you literally had to do four clicks and wait for that page to load" to add something, she added. Chronicle of Higher Education
Example of new user interface
New features include:
- a completely new look and feel (user interface)
- class blogs, group blogs, personal journals
- improved group features, such as multiple group creation and group assignment grading
- notification capabilities (email notification regarding course site changes)
When will the upgrade occur?
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
How will the upgrade affect my existing course and organization sites?
The only effect will be the new user interface. All course materials, communication tools, and grades will remain the same.
How do I use the new features?
Details will be posted here after the upgrade.
Why are my students not receiving my announcements by e-mail?
Check the box to override user settings to ensure that all students receive e-mail. Otherwise, students receive messages based on their notification settings.
How do I access my files in the Digital Drop Box?
The Digital Dropbox tool has been removed from version 9. To access files in previous courses, go to: http://courses.utexas.edu/webapps/blackboard/execute/ddb
How do I modify or remove my course content?
To the right of the item name is a double drop-down arrow. Click on it to see the shortcut menu.
How do I download files using IE on PC?
1. Right click the item
2. Select "open in new tab"
3. Go to new tab
4. Click on the security warning message and select "Download File"
5. Select Save on the pop-up menu