a better Blackboard learn

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A better Blackboard learn+ starts in January!

Blackboard has been redesigned to be simple, intuitive, and focused on you.
How you learn. How you teach. How you grow as educators.

Behind the scenes for the past year, Blackboard has been transforming the user experience with additional tools such as the My Blackboard global navigation menu, social profiles, updated discussions, in-line assignment grading, retention center, and more. In January, educators will discover even more new features, including test availability exceptions, test access logs, and achievements.

Below you will find highlights about some of the biggest enhancements coming this Winter.  For more detailed information, please read the UK Blackboard Learn Winter 2014 Update Feature Guide [pdf]. Workshops are available for interested faculty, teaching assistants, and staff on Febuary 25th and 27th.  Please register by clicking here. If you have any questions, please call the APAT Service Desk at (859) 218-HELP (4357) or email 218help@uky.edu.


The new settings allow you to select one or more groups of students and make a number of exceptions to the already established availability settings. You can use exceptions to provide an accommodation to a student with a disability or provide accommodations for technology and language differences. Find out more.


A source of frustration for students, instructors, and test proctors is the inability to confirm whether students began a test or ran into problems during a test. Teachers and proctors have no way to verify student activity or lack of activity during a test. The Test Access Log provides detailed information on student tests attempt interaction. Find out more.


The Quick Links tool allows a user to quickly locate any heading or section within any page in the Blackboard Learn application and jump directly to it. Located in the top left, the Quick Links icon opens a pop-up window that displays the landmark and navigation links on the page. Any available keyboard shortcuts for the page are also displayed. Find out more or watch a video.


Improvements to groups allows you to easily see which students are in which groups, including students that are not in any groups, modify group memberships, and manage group tool availability more efficiently. Find out more.


The achievements tool allows you to designate criteria for issuing rewards to students in the form of both badges and certificates. Students can see which rewards they’ve earned and what is required of them to receive additional rewards, providing insight into learning progression toward defined competencies. Students are able to publish badges to the Mozilla Open Backpack, transporting evidence of their learning outside of Blackboard Learn. You can easily see which students have reached learning milestones. Find out more.

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