We have recently updated our Blackboard Learn environment to a new version, which includes many new features and enhancements that will:

  • Simplify and enhance many capabilities you currently use today
  • Save you time and make it easier to complete your daily tasks

Here are a few you may want to explore:

Attendance tracking

You can now track attendance in your Learn course. For each class meeting, you can mark whether a student is present, late, absent, or excused. The attendance records appear in a single column next to the gradebook.

The Attendance column provides the overall attendance score in the gradebook, where it can be included in the student’s overall grade.

Step-by-step instructions on how to turn this feature on in your courses

Note: Attendance is not supported on Internet Explorer 11.

Create recordings for feedback  

Instructors can create personalized feedback recordings for students pertaining to individual assessment attempts or manual gradebook items. Each recording can be up to 5 minutes long and can be video and audio or just audio. This option appears in the third row of the Content Editor as a microphone icon.

Students will see icons representing recordings that they can select to start streaming playback of the video on their computer or mobile device.

Feedback can be provided within:

  • Assignment
  • Test
  • Graded Discussion
  • Graded Wiki
  • Graded Blog
  • Graded Journal
  • Feedback in a manual grade column

Step-by-step instructions on how to create recordings for feedback

Delete multiple gradebook columns

You can now delete multiple gradebook columns at once making managing the gradebook even easier. When deleted, manual and calculated columns are removed completely; columns associated with gradable items are cleared of attempt and grade data but remain in the Grade Center.

Step-by-step instructions on how to delete multiple gradebook columns

Discussion board “replies to me”

Keeping up with large discussion board forums is made easier with the addition of a “Replies to me” count and filter so unread replies to your own posts can be easily identified and read.

Discussion forum

Please watch for further information on upcoming blog posts, Tech Tuesday videos, and on our Blackboard support site.

In the meantime, if you would like information on how to start using these new tools, contact Educational Technology Services at blackboard@chapman.edu.