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March 21, 2012 / dlitgroup

Blackboard and the Road Ahead

Blackboard continues to pioneer and innovate to advance learning through technology by releasing Service Pack 8.

How much input did Blackboard receive?  In the latest release there was involvement and contributions that included:

  • Over 600 clients
  • Over 11 countries
  • 2,400+ new suggestions
  • 330+ listening sessions
  • 50+ onsite client visits
  • 40+ events
  • Blackboard Idea Exchange
  • Cohort programs

In recent releases, a wide array of enhancements have been added to provide new capabilities and greater efficiency.  A few of the advancements include:

  • Auto-Submit of Timed Assessments
  • Gradebook Colors and Highlighting
  • LTI Support
  • SCORM Player (Rustici)
  • Instructor Needs Grading Workflow
  • Gradable Rubrics
  • SIS Integration
  • Standards and Goals Alignment
  • Evidence Collection and Reporting
  • Automatic Regrade (SP8)
  • Reporting Activity and Performance (SP8)
  • Course Relationships (SP8)
  • HTML Editor Enhancements (SP8)
  • Negative Marking (SP8)
  • Themes and Course Structures (SP8)
  • Easy Edit with Blackboard Drive (SP8)

A little further down the road, Blackboard continues to innovate in the areas of institutional surveys, reporting, standards, learning objects, social learning and in the establishment of personal learning network spaces.

Here are a few of the planned enhancements coming soon to a Blackboard near you! (These are sample mockup screens.)

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