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  • Google Assignments and File Embed Available for Bb Courses

    Use Google's Rich Editor to Provide Student Feedback
    In January 2018, Box discontinued Crocodoc in favor of the Box inline grading tool. The goal of this transition was to provide a similar and simpler experience users know from the traditional Box...
    Posted: January 8, 2020 11:32 AM
  • Students like Ultra design, organized courses

    User surveys reveal consistent satisfaction with Ultra style
    More than 70% of 606 student survey respondents who took a course that used Ultra during the FA2019 semester said they were satisfied with the experience. When asked, students described Ultra as...
    Posted: December 17, 2019 2:20 PM
  • New group enhancements scheduled for December Ultra update

    Ungraded assignments also coming this month
    Managing large numbers of students and groups is an important tool in Blackboard. In the current version of Ultra, faculty had to create assignments and discussions before they could create and...
    Posted: December 3, 2019 11:26 AM
  • WT/SP2020 Courses Created in Blackboard on December 2, 2019

    Blackboard course shells for WT2020 and SP2020 were created on December 2, 2019. The Ultra Course Preview setting is again enabled in WT/SP2020 courses to allow faculty adoption with an updated...
    Posted: December 3, 2019 8:06 AM
  • DoIT Adjusts Support of Bb Ultra Rollout

    All faculty still decide when to migrate before FA21
    Based on new analysis of how Blackboard (Bb) Ultra has been adopted across campus, DoIT has decided to modify its approach to faculty support across colleges.  Specifically, DoIT will focus on...
    Posted: November 26, 2019 7:57 AM
  • Why CNMS Student Bb Use is So High

    Use of Assessments is Key -- and Informs Ultra Rollout
    When DoIT announced the phased rollout of Blackboard (Bb) Ultra on April 4 of this year, we did so based on the number of courses typically using Bb in each college as of Spring 2019, starting...
    Posted: November 25, 2019 10:59 PM
  • Improved accessibility support for Ultra courses in November

    Light update also features new icons throughout Ultra system
    As a fully redesigned system, Ultra benefits from an intentional focus on accessibility and mobile responsiveness. In addition to extensive checks to meet accessibility standards, Ultra includes...
    Posted: November 5, 2019 9:52 AM
  • RESOLVED - Blackboard Offline on Oct 7

    UMBC is monitoring the issue & working with Bb support
    At approximately 5:30pm, DoIT staff became aware of a potential outage with our instance Blackboard Learn. System admins immediately investigated the reports and opened a ticket with Blackboard...
    Posted: October 7, 2019 6:09 PM
  • Reminder: Bb Courses Scheduled for Retirement from Server

    AY14-15 & AY15-16 courses to be removed in late January 2020
    As previously announced, Blackboard courses from AY14-15 and AY15-16 will be retired from our active production site by the end of January 2020.  The Blackboard system’s overall performance and...
    Posted: October 4, 2019 9:36 AM
  • 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