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  • Partial points coming to test questions to Ultra in October

    Bulk download of student submissions also available
    Calculating the grade on an Ultra tests becomes more flexible in the October update when the partial points feature is introduced. When creating a question in an assessment, instructors can enter...
    Posted: October 2, 2019 2:43 PM
  • Combining Machine and Human Intelligences for Interventions

    Bb Predict and FYIs Inform Behavioral Nudges
    Over the past three full semester terms, UMBC has implemented a predictive analytics pilot “nudge” campaign using Blackboard (Bb) Predict. Beginning in the Spring 2018 term, we selected high...
    Posted: September 25, 2019 3:11 PM
  • Self-Enrolled Groups Introduced to Ultra in September

    Needs grading filter also available to Ultra gradebook
    Group management is an invaluable resource in a Blackboard course, especially one with large enrollments. UMBC is closely monitoring the evolution of this important tool in Ultra as we continue...
    Posted: September 4, 2019 2:10 PM
  • Free Webinars from the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series

    September focuses on student success & retention
    Next month, the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series offers two free webinars focusing on student success and retention: Increase Student Success Using Analytics and Student Data Wednesday,...
    Posted: August 30, 2019 3:30 PM
  • Blackboard LTI Integrations not Working with Safari

    Please use a browser other than Safari to access Blackboard!
    As noted in this Known Issue FAQ, recent updates to the Safari web browser are preventing access to LTI content inside any Learning Management System (LMS) including Blackboard. The issue stems...
    Posted: August 22, 2019 2:02 PM
  • Blackboard Courses Scheduled for Retirement from Server

    AY14-15 & AY15-16 courses to be removed in late January 2020
    During the summer of 2019, Blackboard archived our complete site, which provided individually backed-up copies of every course and organization through SP2019. As previously completed for courses...
    Posted: August 14, 2019 8:01 AM
  • Check your course materials for accessibility with Ally

    New course report available in Blackboard for FA2019
    Are your course materials accessible? Where would you go to check? Could you easily remediate your files for your current or future students? Meet Ally, an accessibility tool that automatically...
    Posted: August 13, 2019 1:36 PM
  • DoIT Expands Ultra Faculty Ambassador Program

    Nominate a peer expert today!
    Are you passionate about teaching with technology? Do you have an Ultra course adoption story to share with other faculty? Would you like to be part of a growing community of Blackboard...
    Posted: August 13, 2019 9:54 AM
  • Submit your Bb class to the Ultra Course Redesign Challenge

    Win a Kindle Fire!
    The Ultra Course Redesign Challenge offers faculty an opportunity to share their redesigned courses using the new Ultra interface for a chance to win a Kindle Fire.  The challenge is open to any...
    Posted: August 9, 2019 1:58 PM
  • Publisher Integrations Updated in Blackboard for FA2019

    Cengage & Wiley fully supported in Ultra courses
    Several publisher integrations will be updated at the end of summer to leverage modern infrastructure functionality, which will change the way faculty access those tools. Both Cengage Mindtap...
    Posted: August 6, 2019 8:06 AM