Washington — Feb. 8
Blackboard Inc. announced an update for its flagship online learning platform with a new release incorporating a new design that the company says marks the platform’s biggest shift in look and feel in years.
Service Pack 8 for Blackboard Learn 9.1 also brings a number of feature enhancements that seek to make it easier to navigate the system and complete common tasks more quickly.
The new design, applied to the user interface and throughout the course environment, is more intuitive and offers a real advancement in the system’s usability, the company says. The design also makes some of the platform’s capabilities easier to access and use by bringing key features into clearer focus for users.
The release also offers instructors the ability to customize and personalize the visual presentation of their courses with more than 50 pre-built course themes.
To help instructors get started quickly, the release adds a quick course set-up guide, including a set of course structures and content options that have been designed in accordance with pedagogical best practices.
The release also brings a range of feature enhancements that make system navigation and workflows much easier, the company says. For example, instructors can now move from a grading area in one course to another, and instructors can also apply changes to a previously graded question that automatically updates across the entire system.
Source: Blackboard Inc.