Learnline Upgrade

Learnline was successfully upgraded on November 4th 2017

Upgrades are an important part of the annual roadmap here at CDU and are intended to provide new functionality based on educator and student feedback from the Blackboard community. Likewise, upgrading offers solutions to issues and problems and the opportunity to remain abreast with advances in learning technologies.

New Features this upgrade

New Theme


This release includes a new theme that provides a more modern look and feel. Most importantly, the Learnline theme update significantly increases the responsiveness of the interface for small devices. The theme also incorporates elements from modern design language including colour, fonts, and spacing, for greater consistency between Blackboard Learn, Collaborate Ultra, and the Blackboard app. This theme is a first step in improving the experience for mobile users. Lecturers and students can access their unit materials whether they're at a desk or on the go!

New icon set

New icon set

In this release, there is a new icon set for use in your units, and cancel/submit buttons will always pin to the bottom of the page regardless of device.

Drag and drop files

Drag and drop

When Lecturers create content items, assignments, and web links, they can drag files from their computers to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. Students can also drag files to upload when they submit assignments.

Submission receipts

Submission receipts

Administrators and Lecturers can keep track of all student submissions, regardless of whether the attempt or assignment is deleted or the submission history is changed. A submission receipt is captured at the time of submission and includes information such as attached file information, date, time, etc. This feature provides evidence for academic disputes, giving students assurance about their work.

A receipt is generated for each group member when a student submits on behalf of the group, and the anonymous state of an assignment is respected. For assignments with multiple attempts, students receive a different number for each submission.

Reminders

Reminders

Lecturers can send email reminders from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missing unitwork. Students receive a system-generated email that lists the unit, unitwork, and the due date if included.

Lecturers can also send reminders for assignments with anonymous or delegated grading enabled. To protect anonymity, students' names and attempt statuses aren't revealed.

Fewer Needs Grading items

Grading

When multiple-attempt assessments are set to calculate using the first or last attempt, there are potentially numerous other attempts that will never be used for the grade calculation. This can be particularly problematic in anonymous or delegated grading scenarios where it can be difficult to determine which attempts are associated with students and therefore require grading. A new filter is now available both in the Needs Grading workflow as well as within the Grade Center to show or hide these attempts. Attempts that won't calculate towards the assessment grade are now indicated with an icon.

Improved behavior for Self and Peer Assessments

Non-participants during the submission period are excluded from the evaluation process. Submitters with partial or complete submissions will be distributed to peers for evaluations. By pairing an assessment with Adaptive Release, it's possible to configure Self and Peer Assessments for individual groups.

Unit activity reports

The Unit Activity Overview report has been updated to improve the experience for larger enrollment units. Lecturers can filter the report and break down the calculations of student activity by unit groups.

 

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